12th Annual Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery

Call for Abstracts

We would like to invite students, general surgery residents, vascular residents, and fellows to submit abstracts for the 12th Annual Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery (IAVS) meeting in Tampa, FL at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which will be held on April 5-7, 2018.

This 2 1/2 day course will consist of nationally recognized faculty members presenting information regarding vascular surgery and the role of academia and research, in addition to providing instruction for endovascular procedures in the Hybrid OR Surgical Simulation Suite at CAMLS.  Also the program will feature a competitive paper presentation by students and residents with peer and expert feedback following.  The talks will be ranked according to content and communication style, and prizes will be awarded that evening at the course dinner.

The benefit to attendees is four fold:

  1. This is one of the few opportunities to think about and learn how the process of academic research really works;
  2. The meeting gives future colleagues the chance to meet leaders in the field and get to know each other, and to help identify whether vascular surgery is the right field for them;
  3. Exposure to the CAMLS facility also allows attendees to gain experience with the technical aspects of the field;
  4. The chance to present their work in public, which exposes attendees to a combination of the real-life experiences and pressures in a simulated environment.

Thanks to our corporate partners, we have funding for up to 10 students, 10 categorical surgical residents, and 10 vascular trainees (0+5 and fellows).  Invitation is based on a competitive abstract submission.  If there is availability at the end of the competitive process, requests to attend will be considered.

General Information

The 12th annual Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery  (IAVS) conference will take place April 5-7, 2018 at the premier, world class education facility Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) located in Tampa, FL.

This is a continuation of a meeting first established at the University of Rochester (formerly known as the Rochester Vascular Meeting), and hosted there from 2006-2010.  The meeting has been directed at medical (or other) students and general surgical residents not yet committed to vascular surgery, the content has been a mix of education and recruiting.  The purpose of the meeting is to teach the process of clinical research and communication (written and oral) of scientific findings in general, and to provide a forum for attendees to present their work in a competitive format with peer and expert feedback – as such, current vascular residents and fellows will also benefit from this format.  No similar meeting exists, and feedback from attendees, faculty, program directors, and representatives of national societies feel that this is a very valuable part of the overall educational curriculum.

Purpose of the Meeting

The introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery Conference is designed for students and residents who are interested in the field of vascular surgery.  Students are invited to attend through a competitive abstract process.  Nationally recognized faculty members will present information regarding vascular surgery and the role of academia and research, in addition to providing instruction for endovascular procedures in the Surgical Simulation Suite at CAMLS.


Course Directors

Murray L. Shames, MD, FACS
Division of Vascular Surgery
USF Health
Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL

Target Audience

The target audience is comprised of students, general surgery residents, vascular residents, and fellows.

Learning Objectives

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare similarities and differences between basic, clinical, and traditional research careers
  2. Determine how to create an ideal research environment that meets their goals
  3. Distinguish what resources are needed (i.e. mentorship, time, and funding) and how to seek these resources out
  4. Gather and analyze data effectively and accurately
  5. Communicate data results effectively and efficiently in poster, written, and oral formats
  6. Examine various ways faculty member’s careers have developed and apply these experiences to their career planning.

Program Agenda

Thursday, April 5, 2018


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:10 AM Welcome & Introductions
 Getting Started
8:10 AM – 8:20 AM The Ideal Research Environment
8:20 AM – 8:30 AM So you want to Publish a paper?
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM Finding a Mentor
8:40 AM – 8:50 AM Finding an Idea
8:50 AM – 9:00 AM “Funding” Your Research-Time and Dollars
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Basic Translation Research
9:10 AM – 9:20 AM Research During Residency
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Panel Discussion
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM Break with Exhibits
Obtaining Results
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM  IRB and Human Subjects
10:10 AM – 10:25 AM  Clinical Research: Data Collection
10:25 AM – 10:40 AM  Basic Science: Documentation and the Lab Notebook
10:40 AM – 10:55 AM  Basic Statistics
10:55 AM – 11:10 AM  Advanced Statistics
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM  Panel Discussion
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  Lunch
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM  Skills Lab
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Welcome Reception

Friday, April 6, 2017


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Skills Lab & Simulators
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Break & Exhibits
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Skills Lab
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM Writing an Abstract
12:40 PM – 1:00 PM Creating a Poster
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM The 10 Minute Talk
1:20 PM – 1:40 PM Effective Use of Power Point
1:40 PM – 2:00 PM Writing a Manuscript
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM The Peer Review Process
2:20 PM – 2:40 PM Break & Exhibits
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM What Does an “Academic Career” Mean?
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Academics and the VA – Good, Bad and Ugly
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM Academics and Leadership-Indian or Chief?
3:40 PM – 4:00 PM Academics for the Non-University Surgeon
4:00 PM – 4:20 PM Academics as an Educator
4:20 PM – 4:40 PM Multicenter Clinical Trials
4:40 PM – 4:50 PM Panel Discussion
4:50 PM – 5:10 PM My Journey
5:10 PM – 5:30 PM Panel Discussion
5:30 PM – 5:40 PM What Comes Next – Tomorrow, Questions
Dinner on your own

Saturday April 7, 2018


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:10 AM Introduction
8:10 AM – 9:30 AM Medical Student Paper Presentation
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Break
9:50 AM – 11:10 AM General Surgery Resident Paper Presentation
11:10 AM – 12:30 PM Vascular Surgery Resident Paper Presentation
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Award Presentation
1:00 PM Adjourn/ lunch on the go

Call for Abstracts

Participants are invited to attend the conference through a competitive abstract process.

Abstract Submission Deadline has been extended to February 21, 2018

Click Here for abstract guidelines and submission information.


Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
124 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602



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 For more information regarding the IAVS conference, call 813-224-7866 or email Antoinette Erceg aerceg@health.usf.edu.