2020 is off to a great start for VESS! The 44 th Annual Winter Meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colorado was a great time and a resounding success, with a record number of abstract submissions and attendees.
As the national society focused on early career vascular surgeons, vascular surgery trainees, and medical students, we were proud to feature expanded programs geared toward these future leaders of Vascular Surgery that were co-developed based on your needs and suggestions.
The Annual Winter Meeting also featured hands-on experience through our Vascular Technology Forum, outstanding scientific presentations and discussions, unparalleled networking opportunities, presentation of the VESS Resident and Faculty Early Career Research Awards, a tour-de-force presidential address by Dr. Jim Black, and about as much fun as can be had at the President’s Dinner (save the complaints, which have been duly noted, regarding our Recorder’s uninvited attempt at Country and Western Singing, which was challenging to endure).
The youth of our membership and the agility of our Society make VESS special, enabling our members to contribute ideas and act on them. Along those lines, we will be hard at work over the coming year promoting the goals and interests of our membership, including initiatives supporting diversity, expanding student and trainee opportunities for leadership and service, and building on the success of existing programs and collaborations with other societies and specialties.
VESS members should be on the lookout for a survey this spring that will include a vote on proposed bylaws amendments as well as some basic questions to help us understand our society’s diversity. Please participate!
I hope to welcome you to the VESS spring meeting this coming June at the rapidly approaching Vascular Annual Meeting in Toronto. The spring program committee has put together a fantastic scientific program, so make sure your passport is up to date and ready to go. VESS is excited to partner with the Society for Vascular Surgery in co-branding and supporting the General Surgery Resident/Medical Student Program Reception, the Trainee Lunch, and the Young Surgeons/Diversity Reception, so please take advantage of these networking and fellowship opportunities.
Finally, it’s not too early to start planning to attend the 2020 VESS Annual Winter Meeting. We are excited to visit a new venue, the Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho! The meeting will be from January 21st – 24th, 2020, so save the date!
Matthew A. Corriere, MD
University of Michigan
2020-2021 VESS President