Prioritizing DEI Principles
Thanks to all of our members who have been communicating with us since the VAM. Though VAM 2022 proved to be our most diverse national meeting yet, and there is much excitement to build upon, we acknowledge there were also shortcomings as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The attendance of members and leaders at session C5: Building Diversity and Equitable Systems in Vascular Surgery was far from optimal for example, and we will move to improve this going forward. SVS will post this session to all members in the near future, all members are encouraged to view it.
Both the membership and leadership of SVS have prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion for all constituents in SVS since 2020. These principles have been embedded in our bylaws and are being woven into the very fabric of the organization culture. Moving forward, we will continue to prioritize DEI principles and accelerate change.
The SVS leadership recognizes the urgency of this matter. It takes time and patience to achieve cultural shifts with a lot of anticipated bumps along the way which will undoubtedly serve as learning experiences to accelerate change. Constructive criticism from our members is an essential component of this journey. It certainly is a humbling journey, but we hear and appreciate all of our members' invaluable feedback and we are convening across SVS to continue to learn, grow, and lean into these important changes.
Thank you to all our members who strive every day to provide the best vascular care possible to our patients.
Mike Dalsing, MD, DFSVS, President
On behalf of the SVS Executive Board