It’s awards season at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the SVS Foundation, with deadlines in January, February and March for many awards and honors—and two have been extended.
“These awards honor both the past and the future,” said SVS President Ali AbuRahma, MD. “Our SVS awards recognize those who have contributed not only to our Society but also to our specialty. Our research awards, meanwhile, recognize those working to affect the future, to forward new treatments to impact the course of vascular disease.”
January includes the SVS Foundation VRIC Trainee Award, now due Jan. 19. This award recognizes trainees in general surgery or vascular surgery who are conducting basic and translational research projects. Authors of four top-scoring abstracts will be invited to present their research at VRIC.
The second month of the year sees the SVS Foundation Resident Research Award deadline come due on Feb. 1, another extension. This prestigious award recognizes trainees—in general surgery or vascular surgery—who are performing basic and translational research under the guidance of a vascular surgeon-scientist mentor. The trainee presents his or her research from the podium during a plenary session at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM).
Also in February, the SVS Foundation Student Research Fellowship deadline falls on Feb. 1. The award supports undergraduate and medical students at universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting laboratory or clinical vascular research projects.
Meanwhile, the SVS Excellence in Community Service Award is also due Feb. 1, honoring members who have exhibited outstanding leadership within their communities as a practicing vascular surgeon. This includes those who practice in outpatient-based facilities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Elsewhere, applications are due March 1 for several awards, including some of the Society’s most prestigious honors.
The SVS Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor the Society bestows on a member, is among the deadlines on the first day of March. This recognizes an individual’s outstanding and sustained contributions to the professions and SVS, and their exemplary professional practice and leadership. The most recent recipient was Robert Smith, MD, of Georgia (in 2020), who was honored at the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting.
March 1 also includes the deadline for the Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery, which honors an individual whose contribution has had a transformative impact on the practice or science of vascular surgery. The most recent recipient was venous surgery pioneer Robert Kistner, MD, in 2019.
SVS Foundation Awards
Over at the SVS Foundation applications for Clinical Research Seed Grants, providing $25,000 in direct support for pilot clinical projects that could potentially become larger studies funded by industry or government sources, are due March 1. Examples include pilot clinical trials, studies on the natural history of vascular disease, pathophysiology or mechanisms underlying success or failure of vascular interventions; application of quality-of-life, functional status and resource utilization measures to assess the impact of vascular interventions; development and validation of clinical risk-prediction models or diagnostic tools and studies addressing the nature of disparities in care and outcomes.
In addition, applications and nominations for the SVS Distinguished Fellow designation also are due March 1. This designation goes to Active, International or Senior members who are vascular surgeons and who have made substantial contributions in two of the three categories of research, service and education. Visit vsweb.org/DistinguishedFellow for more information.