SOOVC award initiatives offer opportunities to advance outpatient vascular care

Anil Hingorani, MD,

The SVS Sub-Section on Outpatient and Office Vascular Care (SOOVC) has opened applications for its Presentation Award and Research Seed Grant, allowing practitioners to contribute to an ever-changing outpatient and office-based vascular care sector.

The Presentation Award recognizes the work of vascular surgeons who have completed research projects in an office-based lab (OBL) or an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting. The award is open to active SVS members and will allow three recipients to present their research findings at the SOOVC session during the 2024 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). Anil Hingorani, MD, chair of SOOVC, highlighted the significance of these awards, stating, “This is an opportunity to focus on procedures being done in the outpatient setting. These procedures are more cost-effective and efficient, and patients prefer them, making it a win-win situation.”

The three recipients of the 2023 Presentation Award were Michael A. Curi, MD, Keerthi Harish, MD, and Pavel Kibrik, MD. Their projects demonstrated the evolving landscape of vascular care.

Research Seed Grant recipients receive a $10,000 grant to fund analysis of research data for actionable insights, quality improvement and enhanced patient care. The 2023 Research Seed Grant recipients were Michael Curi, MD, Robert G. Molnar, MD, Heather Waldrop, MD, and Christina Cui, MD.

“These abstracts can be related to quality and safety, patient experience, billing, or anything that influences the patient’s journey in an OBL or ASC. It doesn’t have to be solely focused on procedures,” said Hingorani on the broad scope of research areas within the initiatives.

He encouraged all practitioners, from early-career physicians to students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses, to apply. In addition to promoting diversity and inclusivity, Hingorani stressed the importance of involving community practitioners and those working in lower socioeconomic areas. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2024. Recipients will be announced at VAM 2024, which is set for June 19-22.

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