ESVS and EAVST announce merger.
At the recent European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) meeting, in Madrid, Spain, Professor Jan Brunkwall, past- President of the ESVS, and Dr Murat Aksoy, Secretary General of the European Association of Vascular Surgeons in Training (EAVST), announced that the two organisations had merged. “We believe that the merger will provide the EAVST a well defined infrastructure,” Aksoy told Vascular News. “The merger will allow us to work more closely with the Society by establishing on Executive Committee with working national representatives. The merger also means that the EAVST will receive some financial support from the ESVS, which will allow us to fund important projects.” The EVAST was founded in 1994 in Berlin, Germany, and aims to collect information of the training and education of European vascular surgeons, and in cooperation with national or international vascular surgical organisations to perform surveys or research in relation to the training of vascular surgeons. The Association also promotes intra-European exchange programmes for vascular trainees as well as the formation of National Associations of Vascular Surgeons in Training. One such survey has revealed some problems in Eastern Europe regarding endovascular training, in particular that many of the mentors of the trainees perform many of the endovascular procedures themselves. Another problem is that many of these procedures also being carried out by cardiologists, and in particular by radiologists thereby denying vascular trainees the opportunity to learn endovascular skills. Another problem brought to the attention of the EAVST was the lack for simulators. In a recent survey vascular trainees expressed a wish to use simulators as part of their training, however, over 90% said they did not have access to one. “It is problems like these that were hope the merger will rectify. With the support of the ESVS we believe that the future of vascular trainees in Europe will be assured,” concluded Aksoy.