Dear Members and Colleagues:
It has been a great honor that I represent the Midwest Vascular Surgical Society as President this year. Our members are the preeminent clinicians and researchers working to improve the care of patients with vascular disease in our 12 state region. We should all take pride in the exceptionally high level of dedication and passion that defines our membership.
The hallmark of our society is our Annual Meeting that provides an ideal venue for education in the latest in vascular care. This year's meeting is in Coralville, Iowa immediately outside Iowa City. Dr. Timothy Kresowik, Chair, and the Local Arrangements Committee at the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Iowa have planned a welcoming social program that highlight the charm of Iowa City and will be enjoyed by all attendees. The meeting is to be held in the newly constructed Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, which provides the very best in guest rooms, meeting space and amenities.
New this year:
We have expanded the program to include a 50% increase in paper presentations by offering shorter presentations and which, will allow for more inclusive participation, and greater breadth in the program. The New Horizons program includes invited expert sessions on aortic, peripheral arterial and venous disease intervention.
The Society has applied for Self-Assessment credit that meets the ABS/VSB requirements for MOC for the entire meeting. And, we are pleased to announce that 15.5 Credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment. Attendees will be able to access the test online, which will provide an efficient way to answer self assessment questions for all presentations/sessions.
Again, we will be offering the Mock Oral Exams our candidate members and Vascular Surgery Fellows in training for the Vascular Surgery certifying Examination. New this year the program will feature simulation assessment of operative skills of the participating young surgeons. This effort involves a large number of MVSS members is yet another demonstration of the great tradition of camaraderie and commitment we have in the Society.
I encourage you to review the program posted on our website. I am certain you will find it full of timely and provocative topics that are applicable to all of our practices.
I am very proud to have been chosen to lead a Society that can get together and share experience and knowledge in such an interactive and inclusive setting, and I look forward to seeing you all in Iowa in September.
Donald L. Jacobs, MD
President, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society