VAM 2017 Features Alliances and Teamwork

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This year’s Vascular Annual Meeting could be subtitled: “The Year of Inter-Society Collaboration.”

Last year, joint sessions with specialty societies that have overlapping interests proved so popular that the number of such sessions was expanded for 2017.

“These sessions provide a multidisciplinary perspective on our common problems, and showcase the SVS’ leadership role in vascular disease diagnosis and management,” said Dr. Ron Dalman, chair of the SVS VAM Program Committee.

“While our specialty encompasses broad expertise across the spectrum of vascular disease, as SVS members we also are interested in what we can learn from others. We want to advance the field, share information and hear how other perspectives may contribute to improved patient care.”

Dr. Kellie Brown, chair of the SVS Postgraduate Education Committee, agreed. “Collaboration helps us have a broader impact on disease management,” she said.

Seven societies are working with SVS members on eight joint programs, nearly double the number in 2016. They are: American Podiatric Medical Association, American Venous Forum, European Society for Vascular Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society for Vascular Medicine, Society for Vascular Nursing and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.

Here are the 2017 joint sessions:

Wednesday, May 31Postgraduate course2 – 5 p.m.The APMA returns with another joint postgraduate course, “Advances in Wound Care and Limb Management.”

Friday, June 2Concurrent Sessions3:30 – 5 p.m.C5: SVS/ESVS: “Joint Debate Session”C6: SVS/STS: “Sharing Common Ground for Cardiovascular Problems”C7: SVS/AVF: “How and When to Treat Deep Venous Obstructions”

Saturday, June 3Concurrent Sessions10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.C12: SVS/SVM: “Medical Management of Vascular Disease”C13: SVS/SVN: “Building the Vascular Team – Evolving Collaboration of Surgeons and Nurses”C14: SVS/SVU: “Organization, Operation and Management of a Vascular Laboratory”1:30 – 5:15 p.m. SVS/STS Summit: “Advances and Controversies in the Management of Complex Thoracoabdominal Aneurysmal Disease and Type B Aortic Dissection.” STS is co-sponsoring the session. Moderators for the thoracoabdominal portion are Dr. Jason T. Lee (SVS) and Dr. Wilson Szeto (STS); moderators for the portion on Type B aortic dissection are Dr. Matthew Eagleton (SVS) and Dr. Michael Fischbein (STS).

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