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LEARN 2019

October 17-19, 2019
Nashville, Tenn.

About the Meeting

LEARN (Lower Extremity Arterial Revascularization) returns with more content and more insight into better treatments for PAD patients.

    • PAD and CLI updates -- Delve deeper into the critical limb ischemia (CLI) epidemic and take advantage of opportunities to acquire new skills and meet the needs of this growing patient population.
    • Real-world treatment solutions -- Explore in interactive case-based format, best strategies for therapy including alternative access and closure techniques, atherectomy and anti-proliferative/drug-eluting technology.
    • Keeping your PAD practice healthy -- Learn how to address the economic challenges of PAD treatment in the era of value-based care.
    • Cutting-edge technologies for better patient care -- “Test-drive” devices in hands-on sessions featuring the latest endovascular technologies.

Registration rates

  BEFORE or ON
Sept. 13
AFTER
Sept. 13
SIR member $795 $895
SIR student, resident or fellow in-training member* $250
SIR associate member (non-physician) $695 $795
Nonmember $1,795 $1,995

 

*Discount available to SIR student, resident or fellow-in-training member registrants who are from the same program. Additional registrants will receive $150 off their registration to the LEARN meeting. Please contact Matt Taber at mtaber@sirweb.org for additional information. 

Program Committee

James F. Benenati, MD, FSIR
Baptist Health Cardiac and Vascular Institute

Robert A. Lookstein, MD, FSIR
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Sanja Misra, MD, FSIR
Mayo Clinic & Foundation

Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, FSIR
Medical College of Wisconsin

Bret N. Wiechman, MD, FSIR
Vascular & Interventional Physicians

 

Hotel

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

The Renaissance Nashville is currently sold out over the LEARN meeting dates. If you would still like to contact the hotel to check for availability, please call (615) 255-8400. As an alternative, there are many hotels within walking distance that do have availability.

 

 

LEARN Faculty Spotlight

Hear from LEARN's newest faculty members

This year's LEARN meeting features nine new faculty members. Interviewed by Dr. Bret Wiechmann, see what some of the first year faculty members have to say: 

 

Erika J. Ugianskis, MD

Dr. Wiechmann:  What do you feel is the best way to educate future vascular specialists in current PAD and CLI treatments?  How does LEARN fit into this plan?

Dr. Ugianskis: Forums like LEARN allow IRs to immerse themselves in a particular service line. With regard to LEARN, the meeting gives IRs the opportunity to learn about the multitude of available endovascular devices and techniques, and to have collegial discussions with fellow IRs as to specific tips and tricks on how to use them and thereby expand their respective practices to treat PAD/CLI. To see more from Dr. Ugianskis, click here

 

Mark L. Lessne, MD

Dr. Wiechmann: Give me your perspective on practice building activities regarding PAD referrals.  Are you a “lunch & LEARN” guy (no pun intended), “referral dinner” guy?  What works for you and your practice?

Dr. Lessne: A mentor of mine once described me as having the most “shotgun” approach to practice building he’s ever seen: I try everything and see what sticks. I have given grand rounds to internists, podiatrists, endocrinologists; spoken at regional wound care and podiatry meetings; routinely meet with referring doctors during the day and after work; publish educational articles in other specialists’’ journals; host educational seminars for the public. For me, educating providers (and patients) about vascular disease prevention and management is as much a part of the work as obtaining referrals: well-informed physicians and patients translate to lives and limbs saved! To see more from Dr. Lessne, click here.

 

Kumar Madassery, MD

Dr. Wiechmann: In your opinion, what are the biggest breakthrough technologies and/or promising technologies in the peripheral world?

Dr. Madassery: The biggest breakthrough technologies for some time had been the emergence of several drug coated technologies, which most felt helped improve outcomes in our patients, however as we know is been fraught with controversy as of late. There is great promise in the lithoplasty balloons, which can help us tackle the ever-challenging heavy calcifications that many of our patients have, which prevents optimal revascularization. The upcoming tibial-indicated self-expanding drug coated stents soon to be available have potential to help us improve patency as well. Part of the future will be improved monitoring and predictive technology, which will also include AI incorporation, which can give us better feedback and data to understand endpoints, healing potentials and future planning. Other technologies will also focus on the below the knee and below the ankle space, which we have a limited armamentarium of presently. To see more from Dr. Madassery, click here

 

Timothy E. Yates, MD

Dr. Wiechmann: What do you look forward to most about participating in LEARN?

Dr. Yates: I've been included in a team of all star IR's dedicated to keeping our skills and practice at the forefront of PAD medicine. We only improve by surrounding ourselves with a Mastermind group of people better than us. I hope we can inspire attendees to push limits with us as we move forward. To see more from Dr. Yates, click here

 

To see all of the faculty interviews by LEARN program director, Dr. Bret Wiechmann, follow the link below!

Full Interviews

Accreditation and CME

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for physicians.

The Society of Interventional Radiology designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program will be approved for 8.25 self-assessment CME credits (SA-CME) by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). SIR is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The live SA-CME sessions offered at this live meeting, meet the ABR’s criteria for a self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

SIR Education

Cancellation Policy

Due to high demand and the limited number of possible attendees for this course, SIR must adhere to a strict registration cancellation policy. Cancellations received in writing by October 1, 2019, will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after October 1, 2019. Refunds or credits will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure. Hotel reservations, cancellations and/or changes must be made directly with the hotel. All refunds must be submitted in writing to:

Society of Interventional Radiology
Attention: Education Department
3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 400 North
Fairfax, VA 22033

education@sirweb.org 

 

 

 

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