Dear SCVP Members:
It is my honor to serve as our 20th president. I would like to thank Jim Stone and the whole executive leadership for their contributions over the past two years, navigating us through challenging times. I am eager to spend the next two years bringing new energy to the SCVP.
I am writing to let you know about our new initiative SCVP365. I have noticed that our activity is strong around the USCAP meeting and our SCVP companion meeting, but wanes considerably throughout the rest of the year. We plan to change this. The first two parts of the SCVP365 initiative to be rolled out are:
1. A new SCVP seminar series taking place throughout the year termed “What I know/what I don’t know” that will be given by senior members of the society discussing topics in which much is known, but great questions remain unanswered. I am pleased that Dr. Jeff Saffitz will be giving the inaugural lecture in the series via Zoom on April 22nd. More details are to follow.
2. A new SCVP mentorship program to help our junior members navigate their careers. In conjunction with Dr. Melanie Bois, Chieh-Yu Lin, and the Membership Committee, we will be matchmaking potential mentors and mentees with similar career interests for mentorship events. I am pleased that Dr. Fred Schoen will be giving a kickoff lecture via Zoom on navigating an academic cardiovascular career on May 3rd. More details about the program are to follow.
The strength of any society is the engagement of its membership. In conjunction with these activities, I have encouraged our committee chairs to take on committee members. If you would like to help the society in any capacity, please reach out to me or directly to a committee chair. I am open to all great ideas on how the SCVP can best provide value to you and how we can strengthen our field of cardiovascular pathology. I look forward to meeting and interacting with you virtually or in person over the next two years.
Marc K. Halushka, MD, PhD
President, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology