2023 President's Message
The preparations are well underway and the meeting is set to be a real success at the Hyatt Regency in Puerto Rico starting on January 18, 2023. The meeting opens with a post graduate course at 1 pm on Wednesday to review some exciting techniques and video demonstrations that have been vetted by our Education committee chaired by Benjamin Pearce. We also will be continuing the Mock Oral exams that are coordinated by Recorder Megan Tracci on Wednesday at 7 am – you will need to arrive on Tuesday to make this session! The plenary session begins Thursday morning when we will hear the top 23 abstracts presentations and 17 short talks selected from over 220 abstracts submitted by our members. Congrats to Sal Scali for chairing this program committee who did so much work to get this exciting program ready for us all. Additionally, we will have Dr. Mary Hawn, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University, provide our Jesse Thompson Guest Lecturer on Thursday.
Some extra activities are planned for this meeting also. We will have a skills assessment for our residents and fellows on Thursday afternoon to see who can show the best operative technique and win a travel scholarship for a Top Gun competition in March. We may even be able to see our experienced surgeons assess their own skills on these simulators too! We plan a diversity event to continue our progress for promoting underrepresented groups. There will be many opportunities to unwind and interact with our friends and colleagues at social receptions and the outdoor activities at this beautiful location. Our Friday will conclude with a Presidential reception, dinner and after party that commonly goes late into the night. Congratulations to our local arrangements Chair Gabby Velasquez who worked with April Abenilla of PRRI who coordinated all these activities! We all get to celebrate our society, our professional lives, and our personal accomplishments. Finally, Saturday starts with a video session, more exciting plenary presentations and concludes with our business meeting. Our society has enjoyed success for 47 years due to the participation and commitment from our members who devote time, effort and energy to the group and make it work. So, stay until the end of the meeting and even build an extra day to enjoy the warm climate.
SAVS members have made this society one of the most coveted regional societies in the nation. Many of you have delivered valuable contributions to make the society work so well. During my presidential address, I hope to demonstrate to you how we have gained that position today through your contributions. We have a rich history and now we need more energy to prepare us for the future. We seek to evolve with the times and make our group relevant, exciting and vibrant to embrace the vascular surgeons of the future. Come all to participate to continue these efforts and keep our trajectory moving forward!