I always enjoy our Vascular Annual Meeting, and I look forward to it for months. It’s the leading forum for important and cutting-edge clinical and translational research, with presenters and attendees from across the country and around the world.
Come join us in San Diego May 31 to June 3 for the pre-eminent educational and social networking event of the year in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. With all the changes coming in medicine and the health care system, this is the perfect chance to gather with health care professionals who are focused on the comprehensive and longitudinal care of patients with vascular disease.
Here are some highlights:
Collaboration: Multiple joint sessions, reflecting multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches providing our patients the best possible vascular care. We have sessions with a virtual alphabet soup of allied societies: APMA, AVF, ESVS, STS, SVM, SVN and SVU.
Expanded programming: Sessions have been added on both Wednesday and Saturday, so plan your travel accordingly. Member registrants enjoy free admission to Wednesday’s six postgraduate courses, a $300 value. In addition, VAM includes more concurrent sessions than ever before, plus focused breakfast sessions and video presentations. A revamped workshop schedule also debuts Wednesday.
Updated, new guidelines: We plan a session offering an update on clinical practice guidelines, including hospital privileges, surgical follow-up and care of patients with AAA, plus the unveiling of new global CLI guidelines.
Education credits: CME credits and Maintenance of Certification self-assessment credits are available. Our mobile app makes it easier than ever to take the self-assessment exams via a link within the app.
Community-practice programming: A majority of vascular care is delivered by vascular surgeons working in a community practice setting. To help meet the needs of our community practice members, several sessions this year carry a “seal of approval” from the SVS Community Practice Committee.
Young Surgeon programming: To help our young surgeons navigate VAM more easily, the SVS Young Surgeons Advisory Committee has recommended several sessions and abstracts as being of particular interest to this audience. All are marked with a unique icon to identify the sessions quickly and easily.
Events for our international attendees: Wednesday offers a full day of international programming, kicked off by a new event, “International Consortium of Vascular Registries: Quality Improvement in Vascular Surgery Goes Global.”
Fun: Social events, alumni receptions and other opportunities let attendees catch up with old friends and make new connections. And, we’ll be in beautiful San Diego, so bring the family for a vacation either before or after VAM.
If you haven’t already, register today at vsweb.org/VAM17. I look forward to welcoming all of you and sharing what’s new in our specialty.
Ronald M. Fairman, MD