Town Halls to address wellness, appropriate use

Upcoming SVS Town Halls cover wellness programs and appropriate use criteria

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has scheduled two Town Halls for the summer—one to cover vascular surgeon wellness programs (July 13) and the other to discuss the SVS’ first-ever appropriate use criteria (AUC) guidelines being developed on intermittent claudication (Aug. 5).

“Advancing vascular surgeon wellness” will begin at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time July 13. Register at The Wellness Task Force will share updates about its initiatives to improve wellness for vascular surgeons, including the new surgeon coaching program, being developed by the SVS and the Academy for Surgical Coaching, which provides vascular surgeons with active support from other vascular surgeons. The volunteer coaches are being trained this summer.

Other topics will include subjects that have caused surgeons stress, including dealing more successfully with electronic medical records (EMRs), wellness and malpractice, the government’s role in physician wellness and reducing work-related pain and discomfort. Panelists include Dawn Coleman, MD, and Malachi Sheahan III, MD, task force co-chairs; London Guidry, MD, chair of the SVS Electronic Medical Records Subcommittee; Andrew Meltzer, MD, chair of the SVS Malpractice Support Subcommittee; Niten Singh, MD, chair of the SVS Coaching Subcommittee; Megan Tracci, MD, chair of the SVS Government Relations Committee; and Max Wohlauer, MD, chair of the Ergonomics Subcommittee.

The Aug. 5 Town Hall will discuss the “Society for Vascular Surgery appropriate use criteria for intermittent claudication.” This is the SVS’ first AUC and SVS members are leading this multidisciplinary work group, which includes members of both the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Interventional Radiology participating on the rating panel for a multidisciplinary approach.

Panelists will include Kim Hodgson, MD, past SVS president; Larry Kraiss, MD, past chair of the SVS Quality Council; Jessica Simons, MD, chair of the new SVS Quality Improvement Committee; Jeffrey Siracuse, MD, past chair of the SVS Appropriateness Committee; and Karen Woo, MD, chair of the SVS Intermittent Claudication Appropriate Use Criteria Work Group.

The Town Hall will address appropriateness, the process and methodology of creating appropriate use criteria. Register at


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