Rosemont, IL., Nov. 5th, 2019 – SurgeonMasters and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) announce collaboration on a SVS Member Peer Support Program.
The SurgeonMasters / SVS Peer Support Program is a component of the SVS Wellness program, and it offers a monthly publication and self-study exercises around a community-led support system for Vascular Surgeons. Each month the program will address subjects like burnout, moral injury, adverse outcomes, and peer support skills.
“We’re doing something really special here at SVS, with tremendous support from leadership. There are evolving data to support system-supported individual interventions and physician coaching to optimize wellness. While this is being implemented across some institutions, there is no precedent for such at a Society level. It’s exciting and unprecedented; we are grateful for this significant contribution to SVS member support.” – Dawn Coleman, MD, SVS Wellness Task Force Co-Chair
Vascular Surgeons go through a rigorous training to be the top professionals that they are. We are creating a behind the scenes environment, where vascular surgeons can be human and real. We want to help surgeons address their own physical, mental and emotional well-being in the face of common and unique life and career challenges. The goal of the program is to create a culture of support and accountability for vascular surgeons free of shame, blame, and judgment.
“Our medical training and healthcare system has done a great job creating great surgeons. Unfortunately, we have not done nearly as well taking care of ourselves, especially with the increasing demands and expectations the system places on those with the most advanced training. This wellness and peer support program is part of a culture change that acknowledges that our patients benefit most when we are well and practicing at our best.” – Jeff Smith, MD, SurgeonMasters CEO
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for more than 5,800 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease.
SurgeonMasters are medical professionals dedicated to improving surgeons’ well-being, practice performance, and patient outcomes. Centering on strategies and techniques overlooked or under-emphasized in traditional medical training, this community empowers surgeons to cultivate a thriving, lifestyle-friendly practice contributing to personal and professional excellence.
Angela B. Taylor
Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications
Paul M. Hiller
Physician Community Liaison