SOOVC sub-section introduces two awards

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The Society for Vascular Surgery’s sub-section for those who provide service in outpatient settings has created two professional development opportunities for its members, a research grant and a presentation award to present already completed research. 

Applications for the Sub-Section on Outpatient and Office Vascular Care (SOOVC) Presentation Award and the SOOVC Research Seed Grant are due Dec. 31. Up to three recipients for each award may be selected. 

The SOOVC Research Seed Grant will provide vascular surgeons $5,000 for a data analyst to analyze research data for insights, quality improvement and patient care. Research must have been completed in an office-based lab (OBL) or ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Criteria for evaluation will include: 

  • How the research will positively impact care and/or procedures provided in the outpatient setting 
  • Why this research is necessary 
  • Whether the research will benefit patients, physicians, payors and the healthcare system at large 

Three recipients will be selected, and the grant is renewable for a second year, based on first-year outcomes. Applicants must be an SVS Active or Candidate member—including trainees, fellows and residents—practicing in an OBL or ASC setting. 

Research presentations will take place at the SOOVC session during the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). Learn more and apply at vascular.org/OBLResearchGrant. 

The SOOVC Presentation Award will recognize vascular surgeons who have completed clinical research projects in an OBL or ASC practice. Three recipients will be selected to present their research at the SOOVC session during VAM 2023 in National Harbor, Maryland. Priority will be given to projects that will serve communities with the greatest health disparities and those projects that include community partnerships. 

The significance and innovative nature of the proposed project, as determined by the potential to impact vascular health, awareness and prevention, also will factor into the selection process. 

Applicants must be an SVS Active or Candidate Member practicing in an OBL or ASC setting. Vascular interventionalists, trainees, fellows and residents are eligible. Visit vascular.org/OBLPresentationAward for information and to apply. 

“There is an identified need for research that specifically targets the OBL or ASC settings,” said Anil Hingorani, MD, chair of the SOOVC sub-section. “We want to encourage this research, which we expect to lead to improved care within the settings or improvements in the way we perform procedures in the OBL.” 

The presentation awards, particularly for 2023, will highlight existing research, he said. “We’re excited about these new awards, which came from suggestions from our members. As a whole, vascular surgeons love research and the chance to use science to improve our procedures and our care. We expect these grants and awards to be pretty popular.” 

The SOOVC sub-section is part of the SVS Community Practice Section, for those members who practice in the community setting. Learn more at vascular.org/SOOVC. Applicants can apply for both the research grant and, subsequently, the Presentation Award after the research is complete. 

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