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April 24, 2020 / 7:00 am
April 25, 2020 / 5:00 pm
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Out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 outbreak, SVU has canceled the Spring 2020 RPVI Course. Registrants should contact SVU at svuinfo@svu.org.

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The Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (VSB-ABS) requires all physicians applying for the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Exam to hold the RPVI™ credential.

Spring 2020 Course Information Earn up to 15.75 CME Credits!

This 2-day advanced course is an in-depth review for physicians planning to sit for the ARDMS® Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI™) Certification Exam. Physicians passing the exam will receive the RPVI™ credential from ARDMS®. This course will focus on reviewing the required vascular physics and interpretation skills as specified by the exam content outline, including case-based test question simulation.

Course Faculty

  • John G. Carson, MD RPVI FACS
    Medical Director, Vascular Surgery
    Maine General Medical Center

    Associate Professor of Surgery
    New England School of Medicine

  • Frank Miele, MSEE
    Pegasus Lectures
    Forney, TX

  • Marguerite Marlowe, RN RVT
    Technical Director, Vascular Lab
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC


Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced interpretation skills for various noninvasive tests including abdominal, arterial, venous, and cerebrovascular studies.
  • Formulate a better understanding of ultrasound physics concepts and their application to the field of vascular diagnostics.
  • Pass the ARDMS Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) Certification Exam.


  • Physicians planning to test for the RPVI™ Certification Exam.
  • Physicians (including but not limited to: vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, neurologists) who want to specialize in vascular ultrasound.
  • Physicians desiring to review and improve their vascular laboratory interpretation skills.
  • Physicians who require AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
  • Vascular technologists who want to be challenged in the vascular field and need additional CMEs.

This course is PAPERLESS. This means that we will not be distributing a printed syllabus at this course. All registrants will be given online access to each submitted speaker’s available presentations during the course. Some sessions may not have handouts as some presenters may elect not to allow their presentations to be distributed. Attendees are urged to bring a laptop to view the presentations during the course. Power strips will be available.


Friday, April 24, 2020

7:15 am            Registration/Continental Breakfast
7:45 am   Welcome, Course Overview and Pre-Test
8 am   Applied Physics
Frank Miele, MSEE
9:45 am   Break
10 am   Applied Physics
Noon   Lunch (provided)
1 pm   Extracranial
2:30 pm   Break
2:45 pm   Intracranial Arterial and Cases

3:30 pm   Venous (Reflux, DVT, Mapping, UE, IVC/Illiac) and Cases
4:30 pm   Post-Test
5:15 – 6 pm   Test Taking Strategies (optional)
6:00 pm   Adjourn

Saturday, April 25, 2020

 7:15 am   Registration/Continental Breakfast
 7:45 am   Welcome, Course Overview and Pre-Test
 8 am            Aorta/Iliac and Cases
 9 am   Abdominal – Renal, Visceral, Portal and Cases
 10:15 am   Break
 10:30 am   Dialysis and Cases
 11:30 am   Lunch (provided)
 12:30 pm   Peripheral Arterial – Physiologic and Cases
 2:30 pm   Break
 2:45 pm   Peripheral Arterial – Duplex and Cases
 4:30 pm   Post-Test
 5:00 pm   Adjourn 


Need a paper registration form? Download here.

Fee includes admission to the two-day course, online access to case studies and available presentations, continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks.

 Registrant  Early Rate – Before Mar 24 After Mar 24
Technologist Member/Nonmember  $500/$625 $575/$700
Physician Member/Nonmember  $785/$935 $885/$1,035
 Fellows * $455 $555

Attention Nonmembers: Save on registration by joining today. View the complete list of valued benefits (up to 18 free Category 1 CME Credits per year) and consider joining SVU prior to registering for this course. Physician membership is $255.

Fellows rate is for those physicians training in vascular ultrasound at an accredited hospital. ALL Fellows are required to submit proof of residence.

Cancellations & Refunds: All requests for refunds and cancellations must be in writing and sent to the SVU national office. Refund requests received before March 24, 2020 are subject to a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds after March 24, 2020; only a credit will be given for a future SVU Course within 1 year from the date of the original course.


SVU has set aside a room block at the Holiday Inn Express for attendees.

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown Medical Area 250 Spring Street Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Room rates are $150 on Thursday, April 23 and $202 on Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25 single/double occupancy.

Please make your room reservation directly with the Holiday Inn Express by calling +1 (843) 722-4000. Please be sure to request the SVU room rate. Cut-off for discounted room rate is March 23, 2020.