Exhibits, speakers, plenaries, hands-on sessions. Networking, dinner with friends, alumni receptions, the Capitol Steps comedy act. All this and much more is on tap during the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting slated for June 8-11, just outside Washington, D.C. Plenaries and exhibits begin June 9. Registration is open throughout the conference.
Vascular surgeons, specialists, medical professionals in related fields, device manufacturers and others will meet at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just minutes away from Washington, D.C.
Thanks to popular demand, each year the annual meeting — often called VAM — expands a little more on Wednesday and Saturday to accommodate more events and opportunities. This year Wednesday and Saturday are filled with events and sessions that attendees won’t want to miss. Workshops ($100 fee), international events and a full day of Vascular Quality Initiative sessions will be on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday feature more plenaries, talks by vascular luminaries, receptions, breakfast and evening events. On Saturday the annual SVS business meeting, the exhibit hall and credit-worthy plenaries will be good reasons to stay through the end.
A highlight this year will be a Friday June 10 evening performance by the Capitol Steps, a comedy troupe based in D.C. known for their cutting edge, political humor. It will be open to all attendees, exhibitors and their guests.
2016 VAM offers a variety of postgraduate courses on Wednesday designed for surgeons, physicians in related specialties, trainees, interventional radiologists, physician assistants and vascular nurses, researchers, allied health professionals and medical students. Postgraduate courses are complimentary for SVS members but separate registration is required.
This year’s events offer a maximum of 30.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ counted toward MOC part 2. Each of the seven plenary sessions has individual self-assessments. This year, claiming your credits is easier than ever. A self-assessment exam is available on the meeting app and can be completed immediately following each session.
Registration is open through the end of the event, and may be completed online at www.vsweb.org/RegisterVAM16. There are 10 different registration fees that vary by category. For example, active members pay $650; medical students, $300; non-members $845. In addition, there are still some seats left in the hands-on workshops offered on Wednesday, June 8. Topics include Carotid Stenting, IVC Filters: Techniques in Deployment and Recovery and much more. See all topics.
The conference location, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, offers sweeping views of the Potomac River, Washington, D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. As the cornerstone of the new National Harbor project in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the resort includes an 18-story glass atrium overlooking the Potomac, three restaurants, including fine dining and casual, a rooftop lounge, express coffee outlet, unique shops, an indoor pool and a 20,000 square-foot spa and fitness center. The 300-acre site also features tree-lined promenades with shops and restaurants, two marinas, a Ferris wheel and much more. For a complete directory as well as an interactive map, please visit the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center website.
The weather in Washington D.C. in early June averages a high of 83 and low of 65, Fahrenheit. Attire is business casual during the day and resort casual for hospitality events.