Welcome to VAM 2024!

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Malachi Sheahan III

To help us preview some of the sessions of interest I reached out to the chairs of the SVS Program and Postgraduate Education Committees—Andy Schanzer, Jason Lee, Will Robinson, and Claudie Sheahan. I’ll let you guess which one did not respond to my emails. ANYWAY, here are some anticipated highlights:

  • Wednesday at 5 p.m. will feature the first-ever keynote speaker. Karith Foster will present “Finishing the Journey to Inclusivity Through Belonging, Intention and Respect”
  • New hands-on opportunities will be offered with Touchpoint and Crossroads
  • For long-time VAM attendees like me, the educational programming has undergone a transformative change. This year there will be 26 sessions and there is truly something now for all members, regardless of practice type, clinical focus or academic focus. An emphasis on diverse perspectives means there will be over 200 faculty members this year
  • A new audience polling and response system will be in place for Plenary Sessions 3 and 5, along with the My Worst Cases and RPVI sessions. I will be running it for Plenary 5. What could go wrong?
  • The RPVI content will be a certified course under the APCA for certification and recertification
  • The SVSConnect@VAM will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago. We can see the turf where all the legendary Bears quarterbacks played (Trubisky! Cutler! Grossman!!!)
  • In addition to long-term partner VESS, the ESVS, AVF and WFVS will all be participating

Remember to pick up your daily copy of VS@VAM for in-depth previews of the many scientific and social options being offered up this year. There are three issues of the newspapers covering the four days of VAM programming. Finally, a reminder that VAM 2025 will be in New Orleans. Spoiler—you will NOT need to pack a jacket.

Malachi Sheahan III, MD, is Vascular Specialist medical editor.

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