Boston is my hometown and I can’t wait to show it off at our Vascular Annual Meeting.
Come join me there June 20-23 for the preeminent educational and social networking event of the year in vascular surgery. Scientific sessions will be June 21-23 and the Exhibit Hall will be open June 21-22.
All scientific meetings, educational sessions, and exhibits will be at the Hynes Convention Center. Committee meetings, the SVS Board of Directors meeting, and alumni and committee receptions will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the VAM headquarters hotel. Other hotel options are available. (See vsweb.org/hotels18.) Special room rates were to end May 22, so it’s possible you may need to make your own housing arrangements.
This year’s VAM is all about the vascular team. In fact, that’s the theme: “Home of the Vascular Team – Partners in Patient Care.” There are sessions for the whole team – surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, technologists, and physician assistants. We have special programming for PAs on Thursday afternoon, and the Vascular Quality Initiative and the Society for Vascular Nursing are holding their annual sessions in tandem with VAM.
Creating the program followed extensive surveying after the 2017 meeting. In response to member feedback, this year we are highlighting:
- Topics and practical sessions for community practitioners and young surgeons, including on clinical practice guidelines, practice management, even physician burnout.
- More opportunities to interact with presenters, particularly with the “Tips & Tricks” and “Ask the Experts” daily sessions.
- Ideas and translational research that participants can take home to their practices.
- VAM on Demand, letting you catch up on missed sessions afterwards, plus the VAM Planner and a new mobile app to help everyone design their own meetings and navigate VAM easily.
The familiar favorites will be there: workshops, concurrent and scientific sessions, postgraduate courses – free to SVS members, a $300 value – events for international members, collaborative sessions with other societies, plenty of opportunities to network and connect with friends and colleagues, and educational credits, not to mention the chance to explore the fascinating city I’ve always loved.
We have a great mix of old activities and some new initiatives. And we’re excited for you to experience it all at VAM 2018. See you in Beantown.