I’m looking forward to this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting, and hope that all of you are as well.
We will be gathering from June 12 to 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. Our scientific sessions are June 13 to 15 and the Exhibit Hall - filled with vendors showcasing not only the latest and greatest but also the tried and true - is open June 13 to 14. We even plan an Office Vascular Care Pavilion to showcase equipment for outpatient and office-based facilities, in recognition of the growth in such facilities.
I am also anticipating our “Vascular Spectacular” gala, which will bring us all together to celebrate each other, and our specialty. The Spectacular kicks off at 6:30 pm Friday, June 14, late enough so that anyone participating in late-afternoon meeting events has time to change and get ready for a complete change of pace.
As always, organizers have spent long hours on the VAM program, and how it can best meet the needs of a diverse membership. Some highlights:
Vascular residents and fellows get their own programming this year, geared specifically to those who are nearly finished with their training;
We have non-abstract-based sessions on a wide range of topics, including:
» Gender differences in leadership
» Experts discussing issues such as filter complications, thoracic outlet syndrome and complex open aortic surgery
» The intricacies of working in office-based settings
» The important topic of vascular surgeon wellness
» Alternative career paths
Industry-sponsored sessions will cover important developments; and
Six other societies are lending their members’ voices, experience and expertise: the American Venous Forum, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Outpatient Endovascular and Interventional Society, the Society for Vascular Medicine, the Society for Vascular Ultrasound and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
And once again the Vascular Quality Initiative and the Society for Vascular Nursing will hold their annual meetings in conjunction with VAM.
Please join me for education, camaraderie, networking and much more. I’ll see you in National Harbor.