CSVS President Message 2020
I hope you are all keeping well and adjusting to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic . We have been guided by our Federal and Provincial Governments and following recommendations on limiting mass gatherings and inter-provincial travel we made the difficult decision to cancel our "in-person" 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in St. John's Newfoundland. This was done to protect the health and safety of our delegates, as well as to ensure our surgeons remain close to home to continue to serve our local vascular patients.
Although we will not be able to hold our usual in person annual scientific meeting in St. John's this year, I am happy to report that the CSVS Executive has decided to proceed with a virtual meeting on Saturday, September 12th. The program will focus largely on the research activities of residents and students. More information on the virtual program will be provided in the next few weeks.
Your Executive continues to work on your behalf to promote the interests of Vascular Surgery in Canada. Dr. Varun Kapila has been hard at work leading 3 teams to develop guidelines for Vascular lab, venous disease and carotid disease. Dr. Roche-Nagle, Chair of the Quality and Outcomes Committee, successfully negotiated a reduced fee with VQI for Canadian Centers and Dr. Oreopoulos has developed the SKILL SAP, an online technical skill coaching program that satisfies members’ needs for strategies to improve their technical performance and also provides an opportunity to accumulate category 3 credits.
Stay well, stay safe and I look forward to your participation in the first ever virtual meeting of the CSVS!
Sincerely, Keith Baxter, MD, FRCSC