Attend the RPVI Exam Preparation Course, June 9 and 10


In 2014, the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (VSB-ABS) will require all physicians applying for the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Exam to hold the credential Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI). The RPVI™ exam is administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) to determine competency in vascular sonography examination interpretation.

To assist SVS members in successfully attaining the RPVI credential, a RPVI™ Exam Preparation Course will be held in conjunction with the Vascular Annual Meeting. The course, RPVI Exam Preparation: Ultrasound Physics and

Dr. Leers

Case-based Clinical Content Review, will be held in two half-day sessions. The course will be administered by the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. The first session will be held from 1:30 pm until 5:45 pm on Saturday, June 9. The second session will be held from 7 am until noon on Sunday, June 10.

Course moderator, Steven Leers, MD, RVT, encourages his SVS colleagues to remain at the Vascular Annual Meeting through Sunday morning to attend this course.

“The exam prep course is a valuable tool for persons who need to acquire their RPVI credential or simply update their expertise in vascular lab interpretation,” said Dr. Leers. “By 2014, all ABS-VS applicants will have to acquire the RPVI credential.”

Dr. Leers will moderate an intense, focused review that will provide an assessment of current vascular sonography knowledge, identification of areas in need of improvement, and participation in a practice examination format.

Persons enrolled in the course should possess a strong educational background in vascular laboratory testing modalities and interpretive criteria. The course is case-based with practice questions pertaining to all RPVI test areas. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to determine their strengths and weaknesses within testing areas. This information will enable participants to select additional study guides as needed.

To register for the course or to obtain additional information, go to


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