We’ll see you in a few months! That’s right, the 2016 VCS Annual Conference will be here before you know it. We’ve got many changes to tell you about in the coming months, so please stay tuned. If you’re here to get just a little more information, you’ve come to the right place.
We are excited to announce that in 2016, VCS and ACVR will jointly host our annual conferences. This doesn’t mean that we will just both be holding our meetings at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in October, it means that we’ll share a number of events such as the Welcome Reception, our morning and afternoon breaks, poster presentations, keynote presentations and two half day sessions. We’re working on ways to make sure that attendees of both groups know what’s going on in the other rooms so if you want to step in and hear a lecture on the ACVR side, you will know when and where to be. Conference organizers have recently contracted with three keynote speakers that will be of interest to both groups and are now working on solidifying several SOTA presenters that will appeal to both groups. Similar to our mid-year meeting with VSSO in Asheville, each half day session on the VCS side will cover a specific theme or topic which will run through the SOTA presentations as well as the basic science and clinical abstracts. Each session will end with a 30 minute question and answer period and all session presenters will be present to speak to the audience. We are excited about these changes that have been made in response to members’ requests from conference evaluations and membership surveys.
You will also find some major changes to our conference schedule this year starting with the opening session which take place on Thursday morning at 8 am. The Resident Review Workshop, traditionally held on Thursday morning, has been moved to Friday afternoon. Those who don’t wish to attend can sit in on the CT/MRI scientific session that ACVR will be hosting at that time. If that’s not your thing, you can take advantage of the open time to enjoy beautiful Orlando weather or perhaps one of the parks.
Resident abstracts will be scheduled (and scattered) within the themed sessions rather than grouped together in one full session as we have historically done. Finally, our Awards Banquet has become an Awards Reception and will take place on Saturday late afternoon. But we’re not done yet! On Saturday evening, we will host a final joint social event with food, beverages, a DJ and BOWLING at Splittsville Luxury Lanes in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) located right across the street from the hotel. It’ll be a fun time that you won’t want to miss and if you’re lucky, there could be a few prizes to take home!
Speaking of Disney Springs, attendees have a lot to look forward to. There are numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options across the street from the hotel. If you are bringing family with you, our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, provides complimentary shuttles to all of the Disney parks.
As I’ve said, come back to this site often. This website will be updated as information, including Keynote and SOTA speakers, is finalized. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Orlando next October.
Dr. Laura Garrett
2016 Program Chair