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VAM18: Learn from 'Ask the Experts' and 'Tips & Tricks'

Get up close and personal with the experts and learn some potentially new tools of the trade with two additions to this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting. Tips and Tricks illustration

Both “Tips and Tricks” and “Ask the Experts” will occur daily, Wednesday through Saturday, and these small-group sessions will encourage questions and answers between presenters and attendees. For “Experts,” In fact, participants may send in interesting cases and questions now, for possible inclusion in June. These submissions will be turned into four, one-hour sessions coding, aortic issues, hemodialysis and PAD. 

“They’ll actually be helping plan the education at VAM,” said Kellie Brown, M.D., chair of the SVS Postgraduate Education Committee. 

To send in submissions, email

This year’s four “Tips and Tricks” sessions will focus on cases treated with open technique, which “aren’t used as much, because of the increasing use of endovascular repairs,” said Dr. Brown. “But they’re procedures our surgeons really want to know about.”

Adding the “Tips” and “Experts” sessions answers the call from members for “information that’s applicable and relevant, that they can take home and implement in their daily practices,” said Dr. Brown. “They want translational value, they want to be presented with a problem and to participate in dialogue with the experts for solutions.” 

Last year’s “My Worst Complication: How it was Managed and Lessons Learned” offered a similar format, and attendees loved it, she said. 

Both new sessions also are expected to appeal to young surgeons who want to expand their knowledge base, Dr. Brown said. 

No tickets are needed to attend the eight sessions, but space will be limited. “It’s first come, first served,” she said.