American Venous Forum Foundation Awards Providing research and travel opportunities for promising young researchers Medical Diary

by Kristen Joranlien

The American Venous Forum (AVF) is offering a $50,000 BSN-JOBST Research Fellowship in Venous and Lymphatic Disease. Since 1995, the BSN-JOBST Grant has given promising young researchers a one-year grant to help them pursue their research interests.

Joseph Raffetto, MD, was the AVF Research Committee Chair who, along with the committee, selected the 2013 winner. “The BSN-JOBST Research Fellowship is intended as seed money for research in clinical or basic sciences in the field of venous and lymphatic disorders. The award is intended for residents, fellows, and young faculty less than five years from the end of their vascular training. The recipient can be in any field of medicine. The award is designed to provide a foundation of research to build on future work and grants for mentored and independent research,” said Dr. Raffetto.

The 2013 BSN-JOBST Research Fellowship was awarded to Xzabia Caliste, MD, who began her residency in vascular surgery in 2010 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Caliste learned about the American Venous Forum and the BSN-JOBST Grant during her residency. “My mentors and attending surgeons have always spoken highly about the AVF and have always encouraged residents to submit work to and attend the national conferences.”

Caliste was supported to apply for the research award by her mentor, David Gillespie, MD, who is a prominent AVF member and Chief of Vascular Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Caliste is passionate about her research project and is eager to move forward. “The goal of my research is to fully evaluate the pathogenesis of pulmonary embolism,” stated Dr. Caliste. David Gillespie, MD, is one of the primary investigators of this research topic. “I fully support her work, and the University has provided her the space, time and resources required to further her endeavors. Xzabia is a highly motivated resident and it is a privilege to be a mentor to her,” wrote Gillespie in his letter of support.

Applications for the BSN-JOBST Research Fellowship were being accepted begining on June 3, 2013, which was opening day of the Call for Abstracts for the 2014 AVF Annual Meeting taking place in New Orleans. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for the BSN-JOBST award which is an excellent opportunity for young investigators interested in venous and lymphatic disorders. AVF is be accepting abstracts for oral presentations, oral quick-shot presentations, poster presentations, and poster displays. “I had a wonderful experience at this year’s 25th Silver Anniversary Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ,” said Caliste.

Abstract submission for the AVF Annual Meeting provides opportunities for other great awards offered by the association. Fellows submitting abstracts for the 2014 AVF Annual Meeting are eligible for the Servier Traveling Fellowship, which is given annually to two fellows in vascular surgery programs. The winners of the Servier Traveling Fellowship will have the opportunity to present their paper at the European Venous Forum Annual Meeting in front of an international audience of vascular physicians. Abstracts selected for oral presentation are eligible to win the AVF Best Paper Award, which provides an opportunity for the winner to present their paper at the Royal Society of Medicine Venous Forum Annual Meeting and at the American College of Phlebology Annual Congress. Abstracts selected for poster presentation are eligible to win the AVF Best Poster Award.

The American Venous Forum 26th Annual Meeting will be held February 19–22, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. The call for abstracts opened June 3 and will remain opened until September 9, 2013. We invite you to submit your abstract and/or application for the BSN-JOBST Research Fellowship or the Servier Traveling Fellowship and join us in New Orleans, LA, at the American Venous Forum 26th Annual Meeting.