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Preparing for VAM—with alternative options on deck

By Beth Bales

The Postgraduate Education Committee is hard at work to try to provide the most compelling, timely educational material for SVS members this year, chair Vikram Kashyap, MD, tells Vascular Specialist. Given the fluid situation regarding the pandemic, the committee is planning for multiple options for the 2021 iteration of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM): an in-person VAM, a hybrid meeting or virtual only.

“We instituted a change for VAM 2021, slating postgraduate education courses on three separate days, instead of clustering them all on Wednesday,” explains Kashyap.

“This will allow SVS members to attend more sessions with less parallel, competing programming. Some of our sessions will be carry-overs from those that could not be presented in 2020, including postgrad courses on pediatric and emergency vascular care. We also have a lineup of concurrent and ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions for all interests and career stages. Topics include, but are not limited to, the value of a vascular surgeon, occupational hazards, the digital transformation of healthcare, how to prevent complications and leadership. We are hopeful of being able to see you in person in San Diego.”