January 31 - February 4, 2021
Grand Wailea Maui, Hawaii




Vascular Forum

The Vascular Forum is a special program to promote education and career development for trainees pursuing careers related to the care of patients with vascular disease. A part of the Strandness Symposium since 2015, the Vascular Forum program is open to students and physicians-in-training, including residents and fellows in vascular surgery, radiology, and cardiology. Further, because the Strandness Symposium programs have traditionally supported inter-professional education and team-based care principles, trainees in sonography, nursing, and other health fields are invited to participate.


Vascular Forum Participant Support

All authors must be part of an accredited training program. Written confirmation of trainees’ status is required (from a dean, course director, program director, or equivalent school official) and a completed application.


Accepted authors will be notified via email. Scholarships will be awarded to authors accepted for oral presentations. The scholarship includes complimentary registration, complimentary lodging (room, taxes, and applicable fees) at or near the conference site and a travel stipend.



  • The program will provide authors accepted for oral presentations with lodging (room, taxes, and applicable fees) at or near the conference site, at no cost to the participant.
  • Lodging will be provided from the day prior to the participant’s Vascular Forum presentation, through the duration of the meeting. To be eligible for lodging and travel support, trainees must confirm that permission has been granted for their participation and attendance through the dates of the program.


Meals provided by the conference include continental breakfasts Monday through Thursday and a box lunch on Thursday. In addition, food is provided at the Welcome Reception on Sunday, the Vascular Forum dinner on Monday, and at non-CME industry hosted breakfast and lunch seminars.



  • Funding of travel stipends to off-set transportation costs for trainees selected to present has traditionally been provided by the Vascular Forum. We anticipate this will be the case in 2019, pending confirmation of grant support.
  • Eligibility for the travel stipend requires completion of a set of prescribed educational activities (including simulation and skill stations).


 Trainees are invited to submit abstracts for presentation in the Vascular Forum program. 


Abstract Requirements

  • Topic related to diagnosis or care of vascular disease, including clinical or basic science topics.
  • Case report presentation will be considered.
  • The abstract should be a brief (maximum of 300 words in the body of the abstract).
  • Abstracts must include the title, authors’ names, institution, and contact information. In most cases, the sections of the abstract will include an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • Previously presented, but unpublished works will be considered.



  • Abstracts must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and received by November 30, 2018.
  • Confirmation of receipt will be provided within 72 hours. If this is not received, the submitter may contact the meeting coordinator, Monika Lescano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by email by December 14, 2018.
  • Presenters must complete online meeting registration within 10 days of notification.
  • All students, residents, and fellows must register online and provide a credit card for a refundable deposit amount of $250. This amount will be processed for no-shows or cancellations under 30 days.
  • If invited Vascular Forum presenters do not register within 10 days, the invitation may be withdrawn and provided to another.



All presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint format by 5:00 pm PST, Friday, February 1, 2019, to Monika Lescano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



The Vascular Forum starts with an afternoon presentation session on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Selected presentations (case studies, clinical research, or abstracts on other topics related to the conference themes) will be presented. Presenters will compete for awards, which will be presented at the Monday evening program.


Judging Criteria

While scientific merit and clinical relevance will be considered, the primary criteria that the judges will use to determine the Vascular Forum Best presentation will be the effectiveness of the presenter’s communication of the topic selected, including clarity of oral presentation, effective use of media, use of allotted time, and response to questions from judges or audience members.


Evening Vascular Forum Program

The Vascular Forum dinner program and awards presentation will be on Monday evening, March 4, 2019. While the content of this session targets the learning and professional development needs of students, residents, and fellows, the session is open to all meeting attendees, by subscription. The session will include didactic content and discussion.


Simulation and Skills Assessments

  • In addition to the CME program, additional educational content will be scheduled for students, residents, and fellows during the afternoons of Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019.
  • Educational modules for endovascular procedure simulation, use of image post-processing for case planning, surgical skills training, vascular device use and deployment, and other activities will be included.
  • Each module will have specific educational goals and completion standards.
  • For junior level trainees, simulation and skills stations will provide basic instruction in procedural steps.
  • For advanced level trainees with experience in the module topic, the focus will be on assessment and provision of constructive formative feedback.


Sources of Support

The Vascular Forum program is presented by Complete Conference Management (CCM). The Strandness Symposium is self-supporting, through registration fees, exhibitor fees from Haleakala tier supporters, educational grants and other commercial and non-commercial sources.