VAM 2022 will offer innovative formats

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VAM 2022 will take place in Boston from June 15–18

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Postgraduate Education Committee is breaking up the format in favor of change and innovation for two sessions at this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM).

These in-person-only events will involve both networking and social media. 

Endovation: Endovascular Innovation for Urgent and Emergency Complex Aortic Disorders, 3–4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15 

With “Endovation,” this concurrent session gets into the spirit of innovation, as its title suggests. It will bring together experts in “creative but understudied techniques” for complex aortic repair to discuss drawbacks, regulatory issues and best practices for those who are either considering or currently performing, off-label techniques in urgent and emergency settings. 

“Endovation” starts with didactic podium presentations on various facets of the repairs, pre-recorded video presentations of challenging aortic cases involving non-traditional surgical solutions, and a panel discussion. 

The audience will be part of the conversation for discussion of the challenging cases. “Cases Under the Stars” encourages mingling and vascular conversation in a reception-type setting with light refreshments and beverages. Organizers may turn to social media to solicit the case-based content. 

JVS Special Session, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16 

This special session highlighting the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) publications will be an Audible Bleeding podcast using ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” program format. 

As envisioned, panelists will cover a handful of provocative, entertaining topics. JVS editors will work with the SVS Social Media Subcommittee to solicit, via social media, interesting questions and topic ideas in advance of VAM. Audience involvement is key, said Paul DiMuzio, MD, assistant editor for social media for all JVS publications. He likened the informal give-and-take to “discussion around a workplace water cooler.” 

The audience has the chance to pose any question they wish to those involved with the Journal of Vascular Surgery, at all levels of involvement in the publication process, DiMuzio said. Topics will be sought fairly close to the meeting itself, to ensure “the questions will be fresh and topical,” said session organizer Gale Tang, MD. For example, in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues, a member could seek to ask how the “be careful what you post in social media” article of 2020—which prompted a firestorm of criticism and plenty of social media posts of female doctors in swim attire—could possibly have made it through the review process. 

Another member may want an answer as to whether published papers are even relevant in the era of social media/YouTube videos and sound bites. 

The session will include a podcast with Imani McElroy, MD, one of Audible Bleeding’s regular personnel as a co-moderator. It also will feature a short interview with Peter Gloviczki, MD, JVS editor-in-chief, while Peter Lawrence, MD, senior editor, will be on the panel answering questions. Gloviczki and Lawrence are completing their five-year terms at the head of the JVS publications. 

Tang hopes participants will come away with “a better idea of what is involved with putting together the premier vascular surgery journal and how they can get involved with JVS at any career level.” 

VAM takes place June 15–18, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Registration and housing opens early to mid-March; educational offerings and plenary sessions take place across all four days; and exhibits are open June 16–17. Meanwhile, the SVS Foundation “Cheers to 75 Years” Gala is June 17. 

Visit vascular.org/VAM for more information. 

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