Selected content to be live-streamed at VAM
By Beth Bales
Organizers stress that the best way to experience the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) is in-person, surrounded by friends and colleagues, participating in small-group sessions and seeing all the devices and information available in the Exhibit Hall.
“But we know not everyone – particularly our international members – can travel just yet,” said SVS Program Committee Co-chair Andres Schanzer, MD. “To accommodate these individuals and other situations, we have carefully chosen selected content to be live-streamed. We hope offering streaming will let us reach our goal to provide all vascular surgeons worldwide access to our live meeting.”
All the abstract-based plenary sessions will be live-streamed, as will four international events, specialty lectures and the two presidential addresses. A total of 15 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits can be earned from among the streamed sessions.
Additionally, most VAM sessions will be recorded and available in the new SVS OnDemand six to eight weeks following the live event.
Schanzer urged those who cannot participate in person to consider registering for the streaming option. Visit vascular.org/ RegisterVAM21 to register today. Live-streaming sessions (all times are Pacific Time) are:
- Plenary Session 1/ William J. von Liebig Forum, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
- Plenary Session 2, 9:45 to10:45 a.m.
- Crawford Forum, “The role of multispecialty practice in vascular/ endovascular surgery: Can we work together?”, 10:45 to 12:15 p.m.
- International Forum, 1 to 3 p.m.
- International Fast Talk, 3 to 4 p.m.
- Plenary Session 3, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
- Awards Ceremony, 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
- Roy Greenberg Distinguished Lecture, presented by Elsie Gyang Ross, MD, 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.
- Presidential Introduction and Address, (address by Immediate Past President Kim Hodgson, MD), 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- International Chapter Forum, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
- Plenary Session 4, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
- Diversity, equity and inclusion invited speaker, Lee Kirksey, MD, 10 to 10:20 a.m.
- DEI Scientific Session (abstracts presentation), 10:20 to 11 a.m.
- Presidential Introduction and Address (address by President Ronald L. Dalman, MD), 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- International Young Surgeons Competition, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
- Plenary Session 5, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
- John Homans Lecture, presented by Jim Stanley, MD, 9:30 to 10 a.m.
- Plenary Session 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meeting at large
The lineup of educational programming includes a total of six plenaries, six "Ask the Experts" small-group sessions , six concurrent and six breakfast sessions, three postgraduate courses and a number of other special sessions. The special sessions include a COVID-based program, collaborative sessions with the American Venous Forum (AVF) and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, a session for members in community practice, programming for physician assistants, content on diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and the Aortic Summit, presented jointly by the SVS with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Hodgson, the SVS' immediate past president, will be delivering his 2020 presidential address, which he was unable to deliver last year after VAM was canceled and replaced by SVS ONLINE.
President Dalman will introduce Hodgson at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, followed by Hodgson’s speech at 11 a.m.
On Friday, President-elect Ali AbuRahma, MD, will introduce Dalman at 11 a.m., with the latter taking the microphone at 11:15 a.m. And the mood is sure to be festive in 2021, as the SVS begins a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of its founding.
For the complete schedule, see the Schedule At-a-Glance at vascular.org/VAMSked.