NEWS FROM SVS
EDUCATION: So Much Going on at VAM 2017,
You Won’t Want to Miss a Minute
Some advice for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting: Come early, stay late. Why? Take a look at the schedule. There
are programs and events scheduled from beginning
to end, May 31 to June 3. Attendees won’t want to
miss a thing.
Here are some programs of interest on those
first and last days of VAM, to be held in San Diego.
• An additional half-day for the Vascular Quality
Initiative Annual Meeting, 12 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,
May 30. The meeting continues all day Wednesday.
• A Wednesday postgraduate session on vascular and endovascular surgery focusing on “Those
Hard Questions You Missed” on the Vascular Education Self-Assessment Program (VESAP 3).
• A new, free invited session of the International
Consortium of Vascular Registries, from 8 to 10
a.m. Wednesday, “Quality Improvement in Vascu-
lar Surgery Goes Global.”
• A revamped setup for hands-on workshops on
Wednesday (details below).
• A postgraduate course – also on Wednesday –
focusing on surgeons’ worst complications and the
• An expanded roster of concurrent sessions on
Saturday, including the first-ever session with the
Society for Vascular Nursing.
• A new “Aortic Summit” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday with the SVS partnering with the Society
of Thoracic Surgeons. The event is ticketed and
requires an extra charge.
The above focuses on only some of the offerings at VAM’s beginning and end. Naturally, VAM
features a plethora of educational programming
Hands-on Workshops: This year, 12 workshops
will be offered in four separate time periods. Each
time period will feature three topics presented in
30-minute segments. Attendees may purchase any
or all of the four blocks of workshops. In a change
from previous years, no topics will repeat later in
Postgraduate Courses: Six
are planned, all on Wednesday. Besides the two above,
other topics include dialysis
access, aortic complications,
carotid issues and a joint session, “Advances in Wound
Care and Limb Management,”
with the American Podiatric
Sessions have been added, for
a total of 14. One is for
surgeons affiliated with the
while another is geared toward young surgeons. A new
“guidelines summary” will
cover critical vascular surgery topics. Six sessions
involve partner societies: the STS, the American
Venous Forum, European Society for Vascular Surgery, Society for Vascular Medicine, SVN and the
Society for Vascular Ultrasound.
Breakfast Sessions: Nine are planned, including
three industry sessions sponsored by Abbott, Boston
Scientific and Medtronic. Topics include PAD, vascular infections, the aging surgeon, hemodialysis, venous leg ulcers and a joint session with the European
Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
President-Elect Dr. R.
Clement Darling III will
moderate the E. Stanley
Crawford Critical Issues
Forum, addressing critical issues in practice
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dr. Tara Mastracci of
London will present the
Roy Greenberg Distinguished Lecture, from 3
to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Interactive Poster Session: Now in its third year,
the Interactive Poster Session has proved so popular that 30 minutes have been added. It happens
from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; that final hour coincides with the Welcome Reception.
See the Sights of San Diego
Of course, another great reason to come even
earlier or stay even later would be to tack on a
few days to play tourist in one of the West Coast’s
sightseeing meccas. The possibilities are endless
but include Balboa Park, a 1,400-acre site created
for the Panama California Exhibition of 1915-16,
home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, plus
several museums; San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp
Quarter of restored Victorian buildings; Point
Loma and Cabrillo National Monument, where
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed on the west
coast in 1542.
Don’t forget Coronado Island, where the movie
classic “Some Like It Hot” was filmed; a kayaking
tour of La Jolla sea caves; La Jolla Shores, one of
the area’s best beaches; a Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
tour of San Diego; the Torrey Pines State Natural
Reserve and Torrey Pines State Beach. The San Diego Padres will play the Colorado Rockies Friday
through Sunday, June 2-4.
Vascular Annual Meeting events all take place at
the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees’
“home away from home,” meanwhile, is the
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, adjacent to
the Convention Center and filled with amenities
guests will love. The waterfront hotel boasts several dining options, a full-service spa, fitness center
Housing and Registration will open in early
March. To take advantage of discounted guest
room rates, reservations must be made through
the SVS Housing Bureau. Please visit vsweb.org/
VAM17 for information and reservations. ■
A story in December’s Vascular Specialist
about the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting incorrectly referred to a review course as based on
American Board of Surgery tests. The course
is not affiliated in any way with the ABS; it
will focus on “top missed questions” from the
Vascular Education Self-Assessment Program
review program (VESAP). SVS staff regrets the
After VAM is done, enjoy one of the spectacular beaches in the San
Diego area, such as this one in La Jolla.
The Interactive Poster Session has proved so popular it gets an
extra 30 minutes this year.