2018 International Guest Faculty Program

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VEITHsymposium International
Guest Faculty Program

The VEITHsymposium, which is sponsored and accredited by the Cleveland Clinic, is organizing an International Guest Faculty Program (IGFP) to attract practicing international vascular specialists for participation in the November 2018 symposium. These specialists will apply for symposium faculty status under a new faculty designation, International Guest Faculty (IGF).

The objective of this program is to have international vascular specialists participate as Faculty to educate U.S. physicians and others in European advances. They will do this in one of three ways: moderators of sessions, individual presentations of original scientific or clinical case information, and podium discussants of cases presented in a Case Presentation session.

The selection process requires an abstract submission of 250 words maximum. The presenter's name and institution should be included on the abstract. Accepted abstracts will be published, with the consent of the presenter, in a Supplement to the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Types of Participation

  1. Moderators. Vascular Specialists may apply for participation as a moderator at the VEITHsymposium IGFP. A limited number of these positions will be made available. A description of the applicantís area of clinical/academic interest/expertise is required at the time of application. The moderator may be assigned to any session in the IGFP at the discretion of the symposiumís Organizing Committee.
  2. Oral presentations of original scientific or clinical information. Oral presentations will be 5 minutes in length. An abstract is required at the time of application.
  3. Expert Discussant of Case Presentations. IGF may apply as discussants at the Case Presentation sessions. These sessions will comprise an interesting case presentation by a faculty member (Guest or otherwise), in an area of interest (see below). The 5-minute case presentation will be followed by a series of IGF discussions. Each expert discussant will rise to the podium for a 3-minute comment based on their own clinical experience. There will be a short question and answer period after each discussant.

    IGF applicants must provide a description of their area of special interest applicable to the area of vascular disease that will comprise one of the case presentations:
    1. Aortic aneurysms
    2. Carotid artery disease
    3. Lower extremity occlusive disease
    4. Venous obstructive disease
    5. Hemodialysis access
    6. Leg ulcers and edema


The Organizing Committee of the VEITHsymposium is seeking educational grant funding through the Cleveland Clinic to support this program. Funding will support registration, three days lodging at the symposium venue or symposium designated hotel, and up to $800 US towards a transatlantic flight. Travel arranged with the VEITHsymposium designated travel agency is preferred, but not mandatory. The Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Medical Education strictly adheres to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. VEITHsymposium is compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice. Companies interested in supporting the International Guest Faculty Program with an educational grant may contact the Organizing Committee at +845-368-0069 or by email to jsimpson@veithsymposium.org. All educational grant support will be acknowledged within the guidelines of the ACCME.

Vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists and vascular medicine specialists from Europe and Asia are encouraged to submit their work to the VEITHsymposium International Guest Faculty Program. Accepted IGF applicants will be eligible for funding as described above. In addition, the best three presentations will be recognized with a Plaque from the VEITHsymposium. All IGF will be listed on the VEITHsymposium Website as International Guest Faculty of VEITHsymposium and will receive a Certificate attesting to their presentations. The International Guest Faculty Program will be CME accredited.

  • The IGF will apply to VEITHsymposium/Cleveland Clinic for funding to attend the symposium. The application will be determined by what the prospective faculty member would like to present. For original scientific or clinical oral presentations, an abstract is required. For discussants in the Case Presentation session, a description of the specialistís clinical and/or academic interests in the area the member is applying for is required.
  • The VEITHsymposium Organizing Committee will select Guest Faculty members on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Abstracts should be written in English, should not exceed 250 words, and must be submitted by the IGF applicant no later than July 20, 2018.
  • The IGF applicantís name, degree (credentials) and institution must be included on the abstract.
  • IGF applicants can submit up to two abstracts. The VEITHsymposium Organizing Committee will select the best of the two abstracts for presentation.
  • Abstracts must be submitted via the VEITHsymposium Website - http://www.veithsymposium.org/guestfaculty

Next Steps

IGF applicants should apply for Visa and other relevant travel documents so that they are prepared for travel.

Companies interested in supporting the International Guest Faculty Program with educational grants should contact jsimpson@veithsymposium.org or +845-368-0069.

IGF applicants should submit abstracts between April 9, 2018 and July 20, 2018.

See you at the November 2018 VEITHsymposium in New York City.

International Guest Faculty Program Committee
Frank J. Veith, MD
Enrico Ascher, MD
Kenneth Ouriel, MD, MBA
Sean P. Lyden, MD
Sherif A.H. Sultan, MD, FRCS, PhD

[Cleveland Clinic]
Frank J Veith Society