VAM 2023: Early-bird registration opens

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Andres Schanzer

Meeting registration and hotel reservations opened March 15 for the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) 2023 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). This year’s premiere educational event for all vascular professionals will be June 14–17 at the National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.

Early-bird registration pricing will be in effect for the first three weeks of registration, through April 5. Advance pricing is then in effect until June 13, when on-site registration opens. On-site pricing remains in effect through the close of the meeting on Saturday, June 17.

This year, participants must register for the meeting itself before making hotel reservations.

SVS members receive a substantial discount on VAM registration. Non-members can apply for membership by May 1 to receive—subject to SVS Executive Board approval—the member discount. Dues must be paid prior to VAM to receive the member registration rate. The rate discount will be refunded after the meeting. See vascular.org/JOIN for more information.

Visit vascular.org/VAM and then click registration information link for admission specifics.

VAM 2023 encompasses four full days of education, networking and learning, and two days of industry exhibits. Topics range from hard science to the vascular surgery workforce, quality care and improvement, planning for retirement, a discussion of clinical trial results and much more. Each plenary session also will include a video demonstrating a complex surgical procedure.

This year’s VAM includes some new features. The meeting will feature SVS’ first annual social event, SVSConnect@VAM: Building Community, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. It’s a family-friendly event to bring not only health care professionals but also their families together, said Andres Schanzer, MD, chair of the SVS Program Committee, which oversees much of VAM’s education programming, said, “We want to celebrate our membership and the diversity of our membership.”

The inaugural Frank J. Veith Distinguished Lecture takes the stage from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, tackling the topic of the BEST-CLI trial: Best Endovascular versus Best Surgical Therapy in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia, results of which were announced in November 2022. Veith has long had an interest in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and, in particular, limb salvage, which will be the focus of this named lectureship, announced at the close of VAM 2022. The speaker is still to be announced.

A celebration of diversity will be hosted by the Diversity, Equity Inclusion Committee and the SVS’ Women’s and Young Surgeons sections, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Of course, educational sessions will cover a wide range of subjects with a mix of clinical and non-clinical topics. Some programs will focus on embolization and aortic dissection, wound care, trauma, hemodialysis access, optimizing vascular reconstruction in oncology, worst cases, clinical learning and the practice environment, to planning for retirement and advocating for vascular surgeons in the federal government. After a successful inaugural year in 2022, each SVS membership section will hold a session of interest to their particular members.

Two sessions, one on deep venous thrombosis and the second on deep venous stenting, will be presented in collaboration with the American Venous Forum.

“Every year we pride ourselves on offering an expansive variety of topics to match the wide-ranging interests of our diverse membership and their practice settings,” said Schanzer. “Every attendee will be able to take home information he or she can put into use immediately, or that will provide food for thought down the road.”

View the VAM Schedule-at-a-Glance (subject to change) at vascular.org/SAG23 to get a jump-start on planning VAM 2023. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

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