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The SVS is proud to serve as a professional home and essential resource for more than 5,600 vascular surgeons worldwide. The more we work closely together with vascular surgeons around the world, the more it is clear we are united by the common mission of optimizing outcomes for our patients through effective and appropriate prevention, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. By fostering and enriching education and scientific discovery across the world, we are taking important steps to build and optimize a global health care system for vascular surgery as a specialty.
This is always an exciting time of year. We are approaching the opening of registration in early March for the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting in San Diego. The 2017 VAM will have the strongest program to date, having received a record number of abstract submissions. The international program at the VAM is also shaping up to be the strongest to date. We hope all SVS members will join us in San Diego and participate, and spread the word to colleagues to please join us as well.
There has been a lot in the news lately about changes to U.S. immigration policy and the potential impact on international travel. SVS will be monitoring this carefully and updating information on its website to help support all those interested in attending VAM. As always, SVS stands ready to assist members who have questions, or who need letters of support or documentation to attend and participate at VAM. At SVS, our first and foremost concern is always ensuring our members are fully informed and supported in their work and endeavors. If you are in need of assistance, please let us know.
As is often said, the only true constant in the world is change. No matter what changes are encountered in the future, SVS will remain steadfastly committed to its core values, and to its membership. The SVS leadership is proactively monitoring, preparing for and responding to both the challenges and opportunities that change will bring. The more we are united in purpose and voice as a specialty, and through our organizations, the steadier we will sail through any turbulent waters we encounter to brighter horizons.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support. Information on U.S. customs and border protection is available here.
VAM International Activities
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
International Consortium of Vascular Registries: Quality Improvement in Vascular Surgery Goes Global, 8:00 – 10:00 am
International Fast Talk, 12:30 – 2:45 pm: This is open to investigators/trainees who live outside the United States and Canada, who are under the age of 35, and are eligible for the Young Surgeon Competition. (Two awards will be given at the conclusion of the session.) Selected authors will have three minutes to present and two minutes for discussion; slide preparation (limit six) is necessary. Abstracts must be current work but previous presentation at local meetings is acceptable. If none of the contributing authors are an SVS international member, the International Relations Committee may sponsor an abstract. Although encouraged, submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Vascular Surgery is not required.
International Forum, 3:00 – 6:00 pm: Restricted to authors outside the United States and Canada, abstracts accepted for this session will be given six minutes to present and four minutes for discussion. Abstracts must be current work, but previous presentation at local meetings is acceptable. A discussant will facilitate conversation with the audience. If none of the contributing authors are an SVS international member, the International Relations Committee may sponsor an abstract. Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Vascular Surgery is not required. New this year – authors will have an opportunity to submit videos for this program.
International Reception, 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Friday, June 2, 2017
SVS-ESVS Joint Debate Session, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Visa Waiver Discount Program
Effective January 20, 2010, inbound travelers to the United States from Visa Waiver Program countries may be denied boarding by the airlines if they haven’t complied with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. ESTA, introduced in January, 2009, requires all international travelers from VWP countries to register in an online database. Previously, international travelers had to fill out an I-94W form before each trip, but ESTA seeks to streamline and update the process.
Now, international travelers to the United States must go to the ESTA web site and fill out an application before entering the country by air or sea. If approved, authorization is good for two years and can be renewed. Travelers no longer have to fill out an I-94W form before each trip. US officials say ESTA will speed up the process for travelers, enable customs officials to screen passengers in advance and improve security. VWP travelers who have not received an ESTA approval may be denied boarding.
The ESTA requirement does not affect US citizens returning from overseas, people from VWP countries traveling on a valid US visa, or travelers from non-VWP nations. For additional information, including the online application, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/
International Discount Registration Fees
Part of the Society for Vascular Surgery’s mission is to elevate the practice of vascular surgery worldwide. To that end, the Society offers a registration discount to attendees in select countries based on the World Health Index. SVS is pleased to offer a discounted registration fee of US$368 for all International Attendees representing countries that do not appear on the list below. If your country does not appear on the list below, then you are eligible for the US$368 discounted registration fee. This registration fee will automatically be applied to all on line and faxed registrations.
COUNTRIES NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE DISCOUNT INCLUDE: Andorra, Gibraltar, Netherlands, Aruba, Greenland, New Caledonia, Australia, Guam, New Zealand, Austria, Guernsey, Norway, Bahamas, The Hong Kong, Portugal, Belgium, Iceland, Qatar, Bermuda, Ireland, San Marino, British Virgin Islands, Israel, Singapore, Brunei, Italy, Spain, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Cayman Islands, Jersey, Switzerland, Cyprus (Greek Area), Kuwait, Taiwan, Cyprus (Turkish Area), Liechtenstein, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Finland, Macau, United States, France, Isle of Man, Virgin Islands, Germany, Monaco