Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS)
FALL 2019

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
President
W. Charles Sternbergh, III M.D.
President-Elect
Gilbert R. Upchurch, Jr., M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer
William D. Jordan, Jr., M.D.
Recorder
David L. Cull, MD, MBA
Past President
Matthew S. Edwards, MD
Past President
Samuel R. Money, MD, FACS
Past President
Eric D. Endean, MD
Councilor-at-Large
Charles B. Ross, MD
Councilor-at-Large
Melissa Kirkwood, MD
Councilor-at-Large
Patrick A. Stone, MD
Representative to SVS
William A. Marston, MD
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From the Secretary-Treasurer
William D. Jordan, Jr., MD
William D. Jordan, Jr., MD

2020 ANNUAL MEETING
The 44th Annual Meeting of The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery will be held January 8-11, 2020 at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. Details regarding the meeting and hotel registration information may be found online (meeting.savs.org). We encourage you to make your airline reservations early in order to secure the best possible fares and itinerary. West Palm Beach (PBI) is the most convenient option but Ft Lauderdale (FLL) and Miami (MIA) are also options that require longer transfers.

Wednesday Afternoon Course
Wednesday afternoon will begin with a course, “Current Controversies in Vascular Surgery, where we have historically held a post-graduate course. The Postgraduate Course has been reformatted to study current clinical problems of interest from a case-based conference presentation format promoting safer surgery and rescue from complications. Topics will include endovascular lower extremity repair, open AAA repair, complex endovascular aortic cases and carotid procedures. The esteemed faculty and course have been coordinated by Dr. Richard Neville and should provide an excellent format for professional interaction. Registration will be limited. The full program is online at meeting.savs.org/abstracts/2020-program.cgi.

Mock Oral Board Examinations
Mock Oral Board Examinations will be offered to individuals preparing for the Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination on Wednesday, January 8. Registration has closed due to an unprecedented amount of applications already received. We have already filled all the positions with those who are 7th years or those who have already graduated but a waiting list is available if a position opens.

New this year we will have some additional educational activity on Thursday afternoon. The student and resident scholarship winners will have an opportunity to interact with program directors. We will also have endovascular and open simulators present on Thursday afternoon in the exhibit hall. This will give these scholarship winners, our resident and fellows an opportunity to test their skills. A top skills trainee will be selected to compete for a Top Gun prize in March.

Amendment to the SAVS Bylaws
At the 2020 Annual Business Meeting we will be voting on an amendment to our bylaws. Per, Article IX, Bylaws may be amended at the Business Meeting of the members during the Annual Meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of the members voting. A copy of the proposed changes will be available at the registration desk. In summary, the changes will cover the following items:

Article I

  • Case list of operative vascular cases is no longer required unless the applicant is seeking membership without VSB certification (Section 5 (a))
  • Active members are eligible once Board Certification is established – most often within first year of graduation.
Article III
  • The Nominating committee will have a more generic task when requested by external entities – e.g. SVS Board, Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS. These external entities often ask for 3 nominations and then select one of those three. Since we cannot process these requests at the business meeting like we do the officer nominations, a change is the bylaws is required.
Article VI - Committees
We are clarifying the language to establish the 6 Standing committees – Program, Membership, Budget and Finance, Archives, Education, Nominating
  • Added Education Committee (never had been formally established yet has been functional for several years)
There are currently 6 Special committees (also known as ad-hoc) – Communications, Constitution and Bylaws, Government Relations, Local Arrangements, Diversity, Student Scholarships
  • Included wording to charge program and education committees to consider diversity in program and meeting faculty.
  • Defined a stop and start parameters for Special Committees (ad-hoc)

Guests
Members who wish to invite non-member physicians as their guests should contact the office of William D. Jordan, Jr., M.D., Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Emory University Department of Surgery, TEC Building A 2245, 1365 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. 404-778-3152. savs@emory.edu. Invited guests will receive a letter of invitation and the necessary reservation forms, as well as meeting information.

Active, Candidate, and Corresponding Memberships
If you wish to sponsor a colleague for SAVS Membership, an application form must be requested from the Secretary-Treasurer by the sponsoring member. Completed applications must be received by the Secretary-Treasurer's office by October 1, 2020 in order to be considered at the January 2021 Annual Meeting. Please note the qualifications for membership as outlined below:

Qualifications for Active Membership:
The active membership consists of those surgeons recommended by the Executive Council from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC;

Applicants must be certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) with rare exception. Applicants not certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS must document at least fifty (50) major peripheral vascular reconstructive procedures in each of the three years preceding application, exclusive of residency and fellowship training;

The application must be accompanied by letters of sponsorship (1) and endorsement (2) by three members in good standing of the Association. One of these members must be from the Applicant's home state unless the candidate is applying from outside of our defined region.

Qualifications for Candidate Membership:
The candidate membership consists of Fellows & Residents in approved Vascular Surgery training programs, General Surgery residents accepted into approved Vascular Surgery training programs, or Vascular Surgeons who do not yet meet the requirements for active membership within the region of the SAVS;

A letter of sponsorship is required from either the applicant's Program Director or a member in good standing of the Association from the applicant's home state;

Candidate membership has a maximum term of three years following completion of training.

Qualifications for Corresponding Membership:
Corresponding membership consists of those surgeons residing outside the United States recommended by the Executive Council.

Applicants must meet the requirements for Active Membership in Article I, Section 5(a) of the bylaws.

Certification in Vascular Surgery from the American Board of Surgery or its equivalent is highly desirable.

The application must be accompanied by letters of sponsorship (1) and endorsement (2) by three members in good standing of the Association. All application materials should then be returned to the office of the Secretary-Treasurer, William D. Jordan, Jr., M.D., Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Emory University Department of Surgery, TEC Building A 2245, 1365 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. 404-778-3152. savs@emory.edu.


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