The changing face of vascular surgery

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The NSA might know how often you order Chinese after midnight, or the topics of your text messages to your dog sitter. But when it comes to crunching numbers, SVS just gets down to a few basics. Thanks to the SVS Clinical Practice Council, we will be able to track trends and membership needs.

“The Council felt that a more consistent set of data on the SVS membership was needed,” explained council chairman Dr. George H. Meier, professor and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “Hopefully this survey can be used yearly to collect data on SVS membership trends and help focus the SVS on appropriate issues. This is our initial effort to collect this yearly data. While the data is intriguing, hopefully trends over five or 10 years will be even more interesting.”

Some of the member info will give you insight into who we are. For instance:

• The percentage of female members is growing among our newer, younger members. While only 9 percent of us overall are female, the percentage is 18 percent among those who have been in practice five years or less. Among members who have been in practice 30 years or more, the percentage of females is 2 percent.

• The most commonly practiced procedure is LE endovascular, with members reporting it accounts for nearly 20 percent of their cases. The most seldom performed is CAS, accounting for 1.2 percent of cases.

• Some folks will tell you that all of our members are academics, but in fact, 34 percent work in an academic setting, 25 percent in a private teaching program and 34 percent in a non-teaching role.

• Members were recently polled on their opinion of the Affordable Care Act. Sixty-seven percent said it had had either no impact or a positive impact on their practices, while the remaining third said it had had a negative impact.

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