Dear Friends –
Hope you are your families are healthy. I’m sure many of you heard that some of our friends became sick with Covid upon returning home from Whistler. No one, to my knowledge, required hospitalization. I hope the same has been true for the entire AIVS family and friends.
Thank you again to the Canadian contingent for organizing and pulling off an outstanding AIVS 2020 in Whistler, complete with superb snow and accommodations! Luck was certainly on our side as the world lockdown did not happen until about a day or two after we departed. Everyone remained healthy during the meeting except for a few ski injuries. Unfortunately, a few never made it to Whistler at all. Those from Denmark were issued a no travel order for all health care workers hours before departure, and those from Slovakia had a most unfortunate car accident en route to the airport so they missed their flight.
Regarding AIVS 2021 in Soelden, Austria (113-20 March 2021), I have recently been in touch with Olivier Koning and Joanna Jablonska from Activezone. While there are no hotel cancellation penalties at this time, we do hope to have some updated guidelines regarding this subject soon. For now, we encourage early registration for AIVS 2021, even though the deadline is not until the end of December, so that we can begin to construct a robust program.
I am happy to report that Mac Dryjski is making great progress with our new initiative of the AIVS Foundation. Our goal is to acquire dedicated funding (through grants) to support the registration and accommodation fees for several trainees to be able attend AIVS on annual basis. We expect that the trainee’s travel expenses will be supported by their medical centers.
In closing, given that we are all affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, I thought it might be interesting if you would send me a short narrative on how you and/or your divisions are coping with this. I would like to share this information with our entire AIVS family. Please include topical photographs.
Enjoy the summer and please stay healthy!
Mark A Adelman, MD