VAM 2020 OFFICIALLY CANCELED: PLANS MOVING FORWARD
After continuing to monitor the current trajectory and impact of COVID-19 in the US and Canada, as well as the likely aftermath for our members in the months to follow the peak wave, the SVS Executive Board has made the decision that it is impossible to move forward with holding VAM 2020 in Toronto.
The health and safety of SVS members and constituents, and the patients for whom they provide care, has been, and remains, our # 1 concern. Understanding the needs of our members and stakeholders, and supporting them to meet this challenge, is the # 1 priority of the Society.
Therefore, VAM 2020 as a live event is formally canceled.
Just as we are all forging ahead taking care of patients, and providing vital service to our communities, the SVS is forging ahead with its central mission to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness. SVS is very excited to announce that the Program Committee and SVS Postgraduate Education Committee have crafted a compelling series of programs built from the best science and education from VAM 2020 and the Society will deliver this to you via interactive online forums over the summer months. Stay tuned for details regarding the SVS ONLINE (Optimizing Novel Learning in A New Environment) programs and keep connected with the SVS community!
With VAM 2020 now canceled SVS will be setting up a process to refund all conference registration fees in full. SVS will provide each registrant a choice for full refund or deferral of your VAM 2020 registration to VAM 2021, taking place June 2-5, 2021 in San Diego, CA. If you wish to apply your payment to 2021, please notify us via email. If we do not hear from you by April 30, you will automatically be refunded to the original method of payment. For additional information, please review our Attendee Frequently Asked Questions.
SVS Foundation Gala
The SVS Foundation Vascular Spectacular Northern Lights Gala is canceled. All Gala ticket sales will be refunded by the SVS Foundation and purchasers will be notified by email. Any ticket refund and/or donation inquiries should be directed via email. For more information regarding the SVS Foundation please visit: https://vascular.org/about-svs/svs-foundation.
Hotel and Air
All hotel accommodations made through the SVS Official Housing Agency, MCI USA, will automatically be canceled and MCI will be forwarding cancellation notices within the next few weeks. For airline cancellations, please refer to your individual carrier’s customer service team and related cancellation policies. If you purchased travel insurance, please reach out to your carrier.
Industry Support and Exhibits
For our industry stakeholders and exhibitors, we deeply appreciate your support and will be sending a separate communication soon with an opportunity for refund, deferral to 2021 and/or investment in the virtual learning experience under development for VAM 2020 educational content. For additional information, please review our Exhibitor/Sponsor Frequently Asked Questions.
Please stay tuned to the weekly PULSE, SVSConnect, and the website, for the latest information.
Stay well, stay strong, and let us know how the SVS can assist you, with COVID-19 or any other issues. Share your ideas with us via email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.