What’s not to love in San Diego?

We have lots of new sessions and cutting-edge research planned for you at the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), hosted in one of the country’s favorite meeting venues, the San Diego Convention Center.

Here’s what you can look forward to during the May 31 – June 3 VAM:

More Sessions
The 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting will feature expanded programming starting Wednesday, May 31. If you usually come on Thursdays, be sure to arrive a day earlier in order to attend these useful and informative sessions. The plenary and exhibits will be June 1-3. A variety of concurrent sessions on topics such as leading health system change, practice management tips and tricks for young surgeons, and double the number of joint society programs will occur throughout the meeting.

Postgraduate courses free with registration for all SVS members
Once again, the general registration fee includes Wednesday’s excellent postgraduate courses, a cost savings of $300 for SVS members. Non-members are required to pay the postgraduate course registration fee. Self-assessment credit will be available to all physician attendees. Any attendee registering for only the postgraduate courses will be required to pay a registration fee.

Revamped workshop format
Wednesday's workshops will feature four separate two-hour timeslots, with the ability to rotate among the sessions offering during the timeslot.  Each workshop will be offered three times during the two-hour time slot.  Registration is required, along with a $100 per time slot fee. Attendance will be limited to 15 registrants per workshop. Be sure to register early for the best selection.

Curated Sessions for Community-Practice and Young Surgeon Attendees
New this year, the SVS Community Practice Committee and the SVS Young Surgeons Committee will curate the program’s offerings to further help private practice and/or young surgeon attendees more easily navigate the meeting via a listing of recommended sessions/abstracts of particular interest to these audiences. To easily identify these sessions/abstracts in the program, you’ll find a unique icon denoting these audiences.

SVS Member Business Lunch will be held on Saturday
The SVS Member Business Lunch will retain its ‘new’ time slot on Saturday. The member luncheon features the election of officers as well as the presentation of the SVS and Foundation Awards.

International events highlight Wednesday
A new session has been added to Wednesday’s International program: International Consortium of Vascular Registries: Quality Improvement in Vascular Surgery Goes Global will be held 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., and will kick off the day of international events. The fast talk session featuring international abstract presenters is scheduled from 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. followed by the International Forum from 3 - 6 p.m. The day will conclude with the International Guest Reception scheduled 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

RPVI Exam Review Course: Ultrasound Physics and Vascular Test Interpretation – Physician Vascular Interpretation Examination Review
An RPVI exam review course will be held 1:30 – 5 p.m. Saturday. The course will offer self-assessment credit to all registered attendees. An additional registration fee is required.

SVS/STS Summit
New to the program this year, the SVS/STS Summit: Advances and Controversies in the Management of Complex Thoracoabdominal Aneurysmal Diseases and Type B Aortic Dissection is scheduled from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. An additional registration fee is required.

VQI @ VAM -- VQI’s Second Annual Meeting
Vascular Quality Initiative will hold its second Annual Meeting on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, May 30 and 31. VQI @ VAM has been extended to one and one-half days, inclusive of concurrent session programming, in an effort to provide additional educational opportunities spanning the breadth of the VQI registries. We have also added a poster session and networking reception, which will take place the evening of May 30, to further enhance educational and networking opportunities. The VQI @ VAM will continue to focus on providing practical information, in the form of case studies and best practices, to help VQI members utilizes their registry data to initiate Quality Improvement projects, to drive better patient outcomes. Registration is required for this event and a separate registration fee of $200 will apply.

Fellow/Resident/Student Programming
The fellow/resident/student educational and networking program will be held on Wednesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 3. The overarching goal of the program is to allow fellows, residents and students to explore their interest in vascular surgery. The program provides an excellent opportunity for learners of all levels (first-year medical students to senior level surgical residents to vascular surgery trainees) to meet other learners with similar interests and importantly provides students and residents with the opportunity to meet members and leaders of the vascular surgical community.

New Exhibit Hall Events
The VAM exhibit hall continues to be the ‘place to be’! Plan to spend time in the exhibit hall to learn first-hand from our industry partners about what are the latest and greatest devices, products and services available to all vascular healthcare professionals. The Opening Reception, box lunches and coffee breaks are scheduled Thursday through Saturday. Industry participation in the VAM exhibits underwrites a significant portion of VAM, thereby allowing us to keep registration fees at a much lower rate than other industry meetings. Please support our industry partners!

Industry-sponsored Breakfast Symposia Sessions
On Thursday, June 1, industry will be sponsoring breakfast sessions. Relevant and cutting-edge topics will be presented by world-renowned vascular surgeons. (Please note: industry breakfast sessions are not accredited for CME credit.)

Interactive Poster Session
Over 100 abstracts will be presented at a poster session during the opening reception from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the exhibit hall. Authors will be available for questions.

Yes, we encourage texting!
Attendees will be able to text questions to the moderator during even more VAM sessions this year, including the postgraduate courses, breakfast and plenary sessions.

Maintenance of Certification: More self-assessment credit than ever before
Attendees can earn self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, in addition to traditional CME. Self-assessment credit will be offered for postgraduate courses, Friday and Saturday’s breakfast sessions, seven plenary sessions and the RPVI Exam Review Course. Once again, a link to the CME site will be included in the meeting’s Mobile App, making it ever so convenient for you to track/claim your credits.

On-Demand Library Available at a Discount to Meeting Attendees Only
SVS is pleased to offer recordings of over 400 individual educational presentations at VAM for the low price of $99. The On-Demand Library purchase may be made at the time of meeting registration up until the last day of the meeting. Once purchased, you will receive free online access to all the recorded session content for one year including available audio, Plenary video presentations and PPT files. After the meeting, the price increases to $199 for meeting attendees and $499 for non-meeting attendees.

It's not all work and no play!
There are many networking events scheduled throughout the meeting including the opening reception, exhibit hall lunches and alumni receptions. A list of scheduled alumni receptions will be posted online, as well as the mobile app and on-site program.

Vascular Live
Don’t miss these new and innovative sessions scheduled each day during the coffee breaks and lunch hour in the exhibit hall. Last year’s sessions were presented to standing room-only crowds! The latest products and developments related to vascular surgery will be presented by industry in a theater-in-the round setting. A final schedule will be available online as well as the on-site program and VAM mobile app.