Education: Register Now for the 2017 VAM

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The topic is vascular care. The subjects to be covered are nearly too numerous to count. And the clock is ticking for signing up.

Registration and housing will open in early March for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, set for May 31 to June 3 in San Diego, Calif., with plenaries and exhibits from June 1 to 3. This premier meeting of vascular specialists will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. The headquarters hotel, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel, adjoins the center.

There is plenty going on.

Additional programming: Expanded programming begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Be sure to plan your travel to attend these informative sessions. This year’s meeting includes more concurrent sessions, and the number of joint society programs has doubled from last year.

Free postgraduate courses for SVS members: Once again, all SVS member-registrants receive free admittance to the six Wednesday postgraduate courses, a savings of $300. Non-members plus anyone registering only for the postgraduate courses must pay the appropriate registration fee. Self-assessment credit is available to all physician attendees.

SVS/STS Aortic Summit: New this year, and a highlight for Saturday, is the SVS/STS Summit: Advances and Controversies in the Management of Complex Thoracoabdominal Aneurysmal Diseases and Type B Aortic Dissection. This program will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. An additional fee is required.

Revamped workshops: Wednesday’s workshops will feature a new format, with four separate two-hour timeslots, and the opportunity to rotate between sessions in each time period. Cost is $100 for each timeslot and registration is required. Attendance is limited to 25 registrants per workshop; register early for the best selection.

Expanded international programming: A new session has been added to Wednesday’s International program: “International Consortium of Vascular Registries: Quality Improvement in Vascular Surgery Goes Global.” This presentation will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and kicks off a full day of international events.

VQI @ VAM – VQI’s Second Annual Meeting: Vascular Quality Initiative’s second Annual Meeting has expanded to 1 ½ days, beginning Tuesday afternoon, May 30, and continuing all day Wednesday. Also new this year are a poster session and networking reception. Registration and a separate $200 fee are required.

Exhibit Hall: Learn first-hand from our industry partners about the latest devices, products and services. The Exhibit Hall also hosts the Opening Reception, box lunches and coffee breaks Thursday through Saturday. Industry participation in the exhibits underwrites a signification portion of VAM – allowing us to keep registration fees at lower rates than other industry meetings – so please support our industry partners.

And more: VAM also will include: breakfast sessions; a discount for the On-Demand Library; texting of questions; Interactive Poster Session, programming for fellows, residents and students; the Physician Vascular Interpretation Examination Review course; SVS Member Business Luncheon, with the election of officers plus the presentation of SVS and SVS Foundation awards; Vascular Live sessions highlighting the latest products and developments; plus socializing, with alumni receptions and other events.

For information and to register, visit vsweb.org/VAM17.

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