VAM: Spotlight on Tuesday and Wednesday

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It’s nearly opening day for the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) and our schedule is jammed with sessions of interest. Here are presentations to consider for Wednesday, as well as activities on Tuesday. (If tickets are required, they can be obtained at Registration.)

Tuesday

There’s education happening on Tuesday, too, as the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative kicks off its own annual meeting, VQI@VAM from 12 to 5 p.m. in MM Ballroom E/F (separate registration fee applies). From 5 to 6:30 p.m., VQI participants will enjoy the Poster Networking Association in MM Ballroom G. For those who want to avoid lines on Wednesday, registration also is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Beat the rush—get your badge and materials early!

Wednesday

From 7:30 to 8 a.m., attend the official welcome to VAM, the Opening Ceremony, which will feature remarks from Past Presidents Kim Hodgson, MD, and Ronald L. Dalman, MD, plus the premiere of the video kicking off the year-long celebration of the SVS’ 75th anniversary.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) completes its annual meeting (MM, Marina Ballroom E/F) and the Society for Vascular Nursing begins its annual conference (SDCC, Room 5AB).

Several events for international members take center stage Wednesday, including the International Forum, 1 to 3 p.m., SDCC, Room 4); International Fast Talk, 3 to 4 p.m., SDCC, Room 4) and the International Poster Competition and Guest Reception, 4 to 6:30 p.m., SDCC, Room 3). A ticket is required for the reception.

From 8 to 9:30 a.m., the William J. von Liebig Forum will feature the first abstracts of 2021 (SDCC, Room 6AB, with Plenary Session 2 following in the same space from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

From 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the E. Stanley Crawford Critical Issues Forum, will take a look at “The tole of multispecialty practice in vascular/endovascular surgery: Can we work together?” (SDCC, Room 6AB).

The Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society (VESS), longtime partners with the SVS for VAM, presents abstracts in SDCC, Room 6AB, from 12:45 to 6:30 p.m.

From both 3 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m, take advantage of this chance to “Ask the Experts,” first about explanting endografts (SDCC, Room 17A), and then about positioning vascular surgeons as community leaders in vascular disease—including surgeons’ value, plus branding opportunities (SDCC, Room 17B). These small-group sessions tend to be popular, so think about getting there early, if you can.

The SVS teams up with the American Venous Forum (AVF) in SDCC, Room 1AB, from 4 to 5 p.m. to collaborate in a special session, “Bringing what’s new in venous to you!” Learn the new technologies to treat venous thromboembolic diseases and iliac venous lesions, plus appropriate use criteria for venous interventions.

And from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the focus turns to the pandemic. With life over the past nearly 18 months defined by COVID-19, surgeons will delve into the topic, presenting discussions on COVID’s impact on surgeons and their practices and a number of scientific abstracts concerning the disease and patients with vascular disease.

See the full schedule here and download a pocket guide here.

Key

MM: Mariott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel; SDCC: San Diego Convention Center

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