Learn by doing at February SVS PAD workshop

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The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Workshop in February will feature four hours of hands-on surgical skills training, on 10 different facets of PAD treatment.

“We are offering the chance for surgeons to be trained by surgeons, by people accomplished in the appropriate surgical techniques and well versed in possible complications and their management,” said Vikram Kashyap, MD. He is directing the workshop with Patrick Geraghty, MD, with assistance from Daniel McDevitt, MD, chair of the SVS Community Practice Section Executive Committee.

Registration opened in early November for the course, which is limited to 75 participants to assure each attendee receives plenty of individual attention. The course will be Feb. 11 and 12, 2022, in Rosemont, Illinois, minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

This hands-on educational workshop represents the start of a new era for the Society, said Kashyap. “Our members have long sought—and SVS leadership has wanted to provide—this kind of hands-on skills training. This is definitely not a standard workshop or conference.”

The 1.5-day workshop features overviews, guidelines, standards of care and case discussions, as well as the skills training. It is geared primarily at younger surgeons who want to learn or practice PAD techniques and procedures. Topics include national trends in open and endovascular therapies, the team approach for limb salvage, imaging, device access, therapies, working in an office-based lab (OBL) versus an ambulatory surgery center and more.

Attendees will practice and perfect hands-on skills in simulations, some using cadavers and some using models, taught by expert faculty. Hands-on training topics include ergonomics and radiation safety, access of pedal vessels (cadaver vs. simulator), closure devices, endovascular embolectomy/thrombectomy, PTA and stent choices, endovascular deep venous arterialization, atherectomy choices and axial imaging. In groups of five, attendees will spend 20 minutes on each topic in two, two-hour sessions.

The faculty will also present information on gaps in outcomes data for chronic limb-threatening ischemia and how to generate viable research steps to address these gaps. For more information and to register visit vascular.org/PADCourse22.

Course organizers call the assembled faculty “world-class and representing a broad cross-section of SVS members,” said Kashyap. “These surgeons are excited to be involved in this first-of-its-kind workshop and to teach what they know to our members,” he said.

Faculty members include Danielle Bajakian, MD, Venita Chandra, MD, Dan Clair, MD, Brian DeRubertis, MD, Bryan Fisher, MD, Elizabeth Genovese, MD, Steve Henao, MD, Vipul Khetarpaul, MD, Norm Kumins, MD, Miguel Montero-Baker, MD, Pat Muck, MD, Inkyong Parrack, MD, Darren Schneider, MD, Peter Schneider, MD, and Eric Scott, MD.

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