ACP 31ST ANNUAL CONGRESS – NEW HORIZONS; 810 ATTEND, 350 EXHIBIT
The buzz of energy surrounding the American College of Phlebology’s (ACP) Annual Congress in Austin was undeniable as medical healthcare providers gathered from all over the globe for the four-day event. With more than 810 attendees and more than 350 exhibitors, it was a full house.
“The feedback from this year’s attendees of the Annual Congress has been tremendous,” said Dean Bender, executive director of the ACP. “With so much going on in Austin, you couldn’t help but feel the energy and excitement about the future of our field and our society.”
The ACP announced its New Horizon Strategic and Capital Campaign officially on Friday evening during its business meeting.
The goal of the campaign is to refocus the mission of the ACP around three foundational tenets of advocacy, research and education.
The New Horizon is already off to a great start with more than $3 million raised in support of the ACP and the Foundation.
“We ‘ARE’… excited!” Bender said. “From the depth and breadth of our educational program, to engaging social and networking opportunities, to the roll-out of our New Horizon strategic plan and the solidarity of our corporate partners and leadership investing in the future, it all came together in Austin to launch the next phase of our society.
We ARE… Advocacy, Research and Education. So, keep your boots on, step up and get involved, become a member, join a committee, contribute to the Foundation. We ARE you!”
Attendees had access to more than 80 faculty members throughout the event and more than 50 sessions from which to choose. Several hands-on sessions, including sclerotherapy, phlebectomy and ultrasound, provided attendees the opportunity to learn new techniques through practicing alongside experienced faculty.
As a part of expanding the educational horizon of the ACP, Stanley Rockson, MD, from Stanford Health Care was the keynote speaker during the Friday morning general session. He shared how vein disorders and lymphedema often go hand-in-hand, and the importance of understanding both disorders to more comprehensively treat patients.
“I am delighted to see this growing partnership of lymphatic practitioners with this American College of Phlebology and the field of venous medicine,” Dr. Rockson said. “We are, in fact, very natural partners.”
The Thursday sessions, formerly known as Pre-Congress, were integrated into the balance of the programing this year. The tracks offered were expanded to include a series on advanced phlebology and deep venous interventions, as well as a hands-on track studying pelvic ultrasound and pelvic venous disorders.
It wasn’t all work as attendees also participated in the 11th Annual ACP Foundation (ACPF) Golf Outing and the 3rd Annual ACPF Fun Run. Together they raised more than $70,000 to support the future of vein disease treatment with the ACPF.
The 11th Annual ACPF Golf Outing took place at the Falconhead Golf Club in Austin on Wednesday before the official start of the Annual Congress. More than 70 golfers of all skill levels, participated in a best ball format competition with the winning foursome coming in 12 under par. Mulligans were available for a donation. A highlight of the event was Glenn Anderson’s Closest to Pin award with a Hole-in-One!
More than 190 people registered for the early morning Fun Run and Walk around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. The route followed the shore of the lake for a beautiful run and a great view up Congress Avenue into downtown Austin as runners and walkers circled back to the finish line.
Plans are already underway for the ACP 32nd Annual Congress in 2018, which will be in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 8-11.
Mark your calendars because you do not want to miss what’s new and what is next for the ACP and the venous and lymphatic community! VTN