Education Initiatives

In the evolving world of vein care, it is critical to have immediate access to the latest training and continuing education. The Foundation for Venous and Lymphatic Disease is dedicated to providing cutting edge education to vein care practitioners and has funded education initiatives to further professional growth of vein care practitioners, elevating the standard of care for patients suffering from vein disease.


The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine

The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM) was founded in 2007 with financial assistance from FVLD. The ABVLM is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to “improv[ing] the quality of medical practitioners and the care of patients related to venous disorders through rigorous testing, reliable certification and improved educational standards.”


One of the initiatives of the FVLD is to create a standard of care for the treatment of vein disease. While phlebology is not yet recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the ABVLM has developed a certification exam based on the guidelines set by the ABMS. By making this exam available to medical professionals, the ABVLM has pioneered the standardization of the specialty.


The AVBLM is one of the many major projects funded by the FVLD to increase awareness of venous disease through education. To learn more about the AVBLM, please visit




Physician-in-Training Scholarship

Through funding provided by the FVLD, the AVLS is able to offer scholarships, reduced pricing and free membership to residents, fellows and junior faculty members. These scholarships provide a great opportunity for physicians to learn about venous disease and vein treatment. 


Eligible candidates include residents in ACGME or AOA-approved residency programs, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members in their first two years of appointment.


Travel Scholarship for International Applicants

The American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS) makes travel scholarships available each year for individuals outside the U.S. who wish to learn additional vein care techniques and procedures with their colleagues at the AVLS Annual Congress. The award can be used to defray the cost of travel, accommodations and registration costs. Both international members and non-members are eligible for the scholarship.



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