The top 10 most-read stories on the Vascular Specialist website in August included a look at the state of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in vascular surgery, the confessions of dual-trained vascular- and trauma-trained surgeon, and the digital edition of the July/August issue of our newspaper.
The 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) had been touted as the most diverse to date. A dedicated session, named “Building diversity and equitable systems in vascular surgery,” should have been the perfect setting for the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) membership and leadership to showcase its stated commitment to DEI initiatives, but, the shockingly low attendance by members and leaders “left us feeling like we had witnessed a fumble at the one-yard line,” wrote Imani E. McElroy, MD, and Carla C. Moreira, MD.
Joseph DuBose, MD—source of the term “lesion vision” that Vascular Specialist editor-in-chief Malachi Sheahan III, MD, rounded on in a recent editorial tackling chatter around the necessity of vascular surgeons in vascular trauma—analyzes the world of the dual-trained amid an apparent void in vascular injury skillsets among practicing trauma surgeons. “Can my own unique breed of dual-trained surgeons, and the numerous vascular surgeons who are also interested in trauma, be of service in this regard?” he writes.
The VAM 2022 review edition of our paper—a special double issue—was dominated by coverage of the SVS’ annual meeting.
“Every intern starting vascular surgery this year is incredibly talented, and soon to be a member of a tight-knit, supportive, and fiercely passionate group of surgeons,” wrote Kirthi Bellamkonda, MD, is a PGY-2 vascular surgery resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. “I remember being on the cusp of my first day a year ago, having spent the interview season talking the talk, yet wondering whether I could walk the walk … so I’m hoping to pass on some of the lessons I learned this year.”
Former Vascular Specialist medical editor Russell H. Samson, MD, garnered an audience with a satirical commentary on carotid revascularization and imaging: “I have come up with a brilliant plan that will decrease the incidence of stroke nationwide, provide an excellent source of income for vascular surgeons, and reduce vascular surgeons’ stress and burnout,” he wrote. “My concept is based on two recent trends in the management of patients at risk for carotid territory stroke.”
The addition of a DEI editor at the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) was found to be associated with more diversified publications and perspectives—including a significant increase in the number of women involved in the peer-review process—in a new analysis led by researchers from the University of Florida.
7. APDVS president reflects on training challenges of COVID-19, ‘supply and demand’ conundrum of the future
“There are not enough vascular surgeons to do the work our specialty provides.” Those were the stark words of Jason T. Lee, MD, president of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS), as he reflected on some of the training challenges that were posed to the vascular profession during the pandemic in a video interview with Vascular Specialist during the 2022 Charing Cross (CX) International Symposium in London (April 26–28).
In September, the SVS challenged vascular surgeons to step up, so to speak, for the SVS Vascular Health Step Challenge as part of National Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Awareness Month.
9. Intraoperative vascular mapping during hemodialysis access ‘should be incorporated into routine practice’
Intraoperative ultrasonographic venous mapping is a useful tool to evaluate vessel suitability for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation, Yana Etkin, MD, associate professor of surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Lake Success, New York, VAM 2022.
SVS members developed new methods and tools to assess patient frailty and possible surgical outcomes more simply before patients undergo vascular surgical procedures.