SVS announces leadership development program for vascular surgeons


The 2023 cohort of the Leadership Development Program gathered in Washington D.C.

Now set to welcome its fifth cohort, the SVS Leadership Development Program (LDP) continues to help vascular surgeons across the U.S. and Canada to hone their leadership skills.

Manuel Garcia-Toca, MD, chair of both the Leadership Development Committee and LDP, said he believes the seven-month program can revolutionize the leadership skills of vascular surgeons, empowering them to make a remarkable impact both in their field and beyond. The program will begin April 11, 2024.

He encouraged participants to “build lifelong relationships, have some fun and invest in your future and the profession’s future,” while earning continuing medical education (CME) credit.

The LDP, developed primarily for vascular surgeons with five to 10 years of experience, offers an immersive learning experience, emphasizing evidence-based leadership models. The curriculum draws from authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s The Leadership Challenge.

A significant change in the program from previous years is its commitment to flexibility, recognizing the demanding schedules of vascular surgeons, said Garcia-Toca. On-demand didactic presentations, live online faculty-led discussions, mentoring and a 1.5-day in-person workshop have replaced the traditional webinars.

“This format change allows participants to engage with the material more effectively and in a manner that best suits their busy lives. The program’s goal is to empower participants to reach their full potential as leaders, not only in their medical practices but also in their communities and other areas of their lives,” said Garcia-Toca.

The core faculty for the cohort includes Manuel Garcia-Toca, MD, MS; Faisal Aziz, MD; Dawn M. Coleman, MD; Randall R. DeMartino, MD; Kristina Giles, MD; and SVS Executive Director Kenneth M. Slaw, PhD. Participants will have until Dec. 2, 2024, to claim credits or earn their certificates.

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