SVS introduces ‘Meet the Experts’ Webinar Series

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Benjamin Jackson

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is introducing a new webinar series, with the first installment set to take place this month.

The “Meet the Experts” Webinar Series will feature expert faculty and attendees interacting in small groups for shared learning and an intimate feel. The four one-hour webinars will focus on topics that are relevant and timely to vascular surgeons who are operating in vascular practice.

“We wanted topics that would be of interest to the vast majority of our membership, that would be compelling and useful to them,” said Benjamin Jackson, MD, associate professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Jackson is slated to moderate one of the sessions.

The webinars will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time on April 22, May 20, June 10 and July 15. Attendance will be limited to 100 people. The series is supported in part through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Gore.

They’re modeled after the “Ask the Experts” sessions at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), an event that has proven so popular people have been turned away for lack of space.

“Those are relatively small groups, with significant interaction between the leader and the audience,” explained Jackson. Amidst the pandemic, members of the Education Committee, which is planning the series, thought such education would be useful.

“After all,” said Jackson, “with everything virtual, and communication and contact so significantly curtailed, this interaction is probably more valuable than usual.”

All four webinars will be case-based, with attendees presenting brief cases or clinical scenarios, asking for input from the experts, leading to constructive, productive and interesting conversations, he said. He and Kellie Brown, MD, Education Committee chair, hope the webinars, or sessions similar to them, can be conducted in the future, with different topics, even when the pandemic is over and in-person learning returns.

SVS members and residents and trainees may attend free of charge. Non-members will pay $35 for each webinar.

Continuing Medical Education credit will be available for each webinar and will be awarded after the attendee has completed the individual activity evaluation.

The sessions cover hemodialysis access aneurysms, redo carotid revascularization, advanced techniques for IVC filter removal and type 2 endoleak prevention and management. For more information, visit vascular.org/MeetExperts.

*The Society for Vascular Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME) to provide CME for physicians. The Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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