Da VAM – better known as the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting


We’ve been having some fun with the Chicago stereotype – sports fans who eat a lot of sausage and change their “th” sounds to a “d,” but you might have some fun at the annual meeting yourself.

Here’s some things you need to know:It’s worth your while to come on Wednesday. We’ve beefed up events on the pre-plenaries day. If you usually come on Thursdays, be sure to arrive a day earlier. The plenary sessions and exhibits will be June 18-20. To top it off, Wednesday’s post-graduate courses are included with registration, a savings of $300 for SVS members.

Courtesy of Chicago DCASE; photo by Patrick Pyszka

Wednesday highlights

• Hands-on/interactive workshops. Ten different workshop topics will be offered during one-hour, hands-on sessions. Each workshop topic will repeat, so that participants can get to several sessions of their choice. Registration is required along with a workshop fee for each session. Attendance will be limited to 15 registrants for each workshop. The final workshop schedule will be available in March. Be sure to register early to get the session you want.

• International events. A poster session for international abstract presenters starts at 2 p.m. and is followed by the International Forum from 3-6 p.m. and the International Guest Reception from 6-7:30 p.m.

Other highlights

• Additional Poster Session. Approximately 120 abstracts will be presented at a poster session during the opening reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the exhibit hall. Authors will be available for presentation and questions.

• SVS Member Business Lunch is Saturday. Traditionally on Fridays, the SVS Member Business Lunch will be Saturday this year. We elect officers and hand out awards. You should come.

RPVI exam preparation course

Get more out of your trip – stay for the RPVI exam preparation course, set for 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday. The course will also include audience polling. An additional registration fee is required. Self-assessment credit will also be available for this course.

9th annual meeting of the World Federation of Vascular Societies

SVS hosts this event during the 2015 VAM, also the morning’s plenary session, from 8-10 a.m. Saturday.

Texting encouraged

Attendees will be able to text questions to the moderator during all plenary sessions. Details will be available in the on-site program.

Self-assessment credit available

Self-assessment credit will be available for all plenary sessions throughout the meeting. Attendees will be able to claim self-assessment credit online following the meeting. Attendees must attend all seven plenary sessions in order to apply for self-assessment credit.

Content for sale

All general meeting content will be for sale in audio/PowerPoint formats following the event. Some videos will also be available. (Sessions requiring additional fees are excluded.) Attendees will be sent a link to the order page.


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