The American Venous Forum Foundation (AVFF) periodically offers the Servier Traveling Fellowship in Venous and Lymphatic Disease. The winners of the Servier Traveling Fellowship are selected and announced at the AVF Annual Meeting. The award will provide two (2) fellows an opportunity to travel to the European Venous Forum Annual Meeting (generally in June) to present his or her scientific research and subsequently to the AVF Annual Meeting (generally in following February) to present.
Eligibility for the Servier Traveling Fellowship
- Abstract submitted must represent original, basic or clinical research in venous or lymphatic disease.
- Applying resident or fellow MUST be enrolled in a United States training program
- Accepted abstract authors must submit a manuscript for publication to the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders.
- Eligible applicants must submit an abstract for consideration to the American Venous Forum (AVF) Annual Meeting during the Call for Abstracts period, generally between June and September.
- At the time of submission, eligible applicants must indicate desire to be considered for the Servier Traveling Fellowship.
- Call for applications will coincide with the AVF Call for Abstracts.
- All abstracts are scored by the Program Committee and selected for inclusion in the Annual Meeting Program.
- Interested candidates whose abstracts are accepted for the Annual Meeting Program are screened for eligibility for the Servier Traveling Fellowship.
- The presenting eligible candidates will be judged by a panel made up of the AVF and AVFF Leadership, based on the quality of their scientific work and presentation. Two (2) winners will be chosen and announced during the Award Ceremony at the Annual Meeting.
Following the Annual Meeting, the AVF Office will coordinate travel of the two (2) winners.
- European Venous Forum (EVF): The Two (2) winners of the AVFF Servier Traveling Fellowship will travel to the EVF annual meeting in Europe (generally in June the year the award is provided). AVF will reimburse each winner up to $3,000 for travel expenses. An expense report and receipts for reimbursed expenses must be returned to the AVF office within 60 days of return from the EVF meeting. If reimbursement documents are not received by year-end, AVF will not be held responsible for those expenses. AVF will reimburse each winner for the following expenses:
- Round trip Economy airfare up to $1500
- Hotel accommodations up to $700
- Meals up to $300
- Ground transportation up to $200
- EVF registration $300 (Trainee rate)
- Winner Report (AVF): The two (2) winners are expected to return the following year to the AVF Annual Meeting to present highlights of their Fellowship Experience. AVF will provide complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting and up to $1000 in travel/hotel accommodations to each winner.
Award Recipient Responsibilities
- The two (2) winners of the AVFF Servier Traveling Fellowship will attend the full conference and present their scientific research at the EVF.
- The presentation must include an appreciation slide displaying the Les Laboratories Servier logo.
- The two (2) winners then submit a final expense report with receipts to AVF for European travel expenses within 60 days to be eligible for reimbursement.
- The following year, the two (2) winners will attend the AVF’s Annual Meeting and present highlights of their Fellowship experience to meeting attendees. The meeting registration is waived.
- The two (2) winners must each submit a manuscript to the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders on the outcome of the research, within a 1 year timeframe from presentation.
- June – the Call for Application opens
- September – the Application process closes
- October – the Program Committee scores the Abstracts
- November – the applicants are contacted
- February – abstracts are presented at the AVF Annual meeting and are scored by the selected panel. The two (2) award winners are announced and presented with an award at the AVF Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony
- June – The two (2) winners present their abstracts at the EVF meeting in Europe
- By August 31st – The two (2) winners must submit expense report for travel reimbursement according to the reimbursement policy
- February of following year – The two (2) winners attend the AVF Annual Meeting to present highlights of their Fellowship experience
Servier Traveling Fellowship Recipients
|2017||Johann Ragg||Angioclinic Vein Centers Europe|
|Tana Repella||Oregon Health & Science University|
|2016||Limael Rodriguez||St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital|
|2016||Ryan Abdul-Haqq||University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|2015||Nathan L. Liang, MD||University of Pittsburgh|
|Georgios Spentzouris, MD||Stony Brook University Hospital|
|2014||Rafael Malgor, MD||The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa|
|Adam Ring, MD||Penn State Hershey Medical Center|
|2013||Andrea Obi, MD||University of Michigan|
|Carson Oostra, MD||University of Toledo College of Medicine|
|2012||Frank Vandy, MD||University of Michigan|
|Emily Wood, MD||Stony Brook University|
|2011||Faisal Aziz, MD||Jobst Vascular Center|
|Robert Meisner, MD||Stony Brook University Hospital|
|2010||K. Barry Deatrick, MD||University of Michigan|
|Christopher Pannucci, MD||University of Michigan|
|2009||Atul Rao, MD||University of Pittsburgh Medical Center|
|Axel Thors, MD||Good Samaritan Hospital|
|2008||David Paolini, MD||Toledo Hospital|
|Jorge Martinez, MD||Toledo Hospital|
|2007||Brian Knipp, MD||University of Michigan|
|Reagan Quan, MD||Walter Reed Army Medical Center|
|2006||Charles Stonerock, MD||Indiana University School of Medicine|
|Gustavo Oderich, MD||Mayo Clinic|
|1996||Jae-Sung Cho, MD||Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN|
|1995||Peter J. Pappas, MD||UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School|