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Letter from the Editors
Welcome to the 4th edition of the Vascular Self-Assessment and Education Program (VESAP4). Since its inception, VESAP has evolved to become the educational product of choice for trainees studying for the American Board of Surgery Vascular Surgery (ABS-VS) Qualifying Exam or the Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) and for practicing surgeons preparing for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam. VESAP4 builds on the strong foundation of the prior iterations of VESAP by offering updated material across all 10 modules, ranging from Cerebrovascular and Renal/Mesenteric to Vascular Diagnosis and Vascular Medicine. The modules and their content parallel the published subject areas for the ABS-VS Qualifying and MOC exams.
The updated content reflects the current practice of vascular surgery and was written by an esteemed editorial board consisting of over 50 leaders in vascular surgery education. Each question is accompanied by an informative discussion supported by useful references. The program continues to offer both learning and examination modes with the ability to earn both Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits (7.5 for each section, for a total of 75) and MOC self-assessment credits.
In addition to the updated content, VESAP4 is presented in a new and improved software platform that offers significant advantages over prior versions of VESAP. The software platform offers easier navigation, simplified tracking of CME and MOC certificates, and expanded bookmarking and annotation. New this year is a companion application (for Apple© smart phones and laptop computers only) that allows users to access the program off-line after the initial download and synchronize with the desktop version once internet connectivity is resumed. This feature will allow consumers to use VESAP4 in nearly any environment, such as the operating room or during air travel. This user-friendly feature is particularly helpful for trainees and graduate surgeons alike who need to make the most of their valuable time.
The Editors-in-Chief are confident that end-users will be pleased with the educational content and ease of use of VESAP4.
Amy Reed, MD, FACS
Professor and Chief, Section of Vascular Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
J. Gregory Modrall, MD
Co-Editor, VESAP Professor and Program Director
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center