Continuing Professional Development
USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (USF HPCC)




The 8th Annual Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery (IAVS) conference will take place April 3 - 5, 2014 at the premier, world class educational 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, and 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 Hybrid OR Surgical Simulation Suite at CAMLS.






Karl A. Illig, MD, FACSKarl A. Illig, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery

Director, Division of Vascular Surgery
USF Health
Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL



Peter Nelson, MD, MSPeter Nelson, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery and

Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
USF Health
Morsani College of Medicine
Vascular Surgery

Associate Chair Research and Innovation
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Tampa, FL


Murray L. Shames, MD, FACSMurray L. Shames, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery and Radiology

Program Director, Vascular Surgery
USF Health
Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL





Course Description


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 translational 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



Course Description




Thursday, April 3, 2014

07:00 AM – 08:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast


08:00 AM – 08:10 AM

Welcome & Introductions






Getting started


08:10 AM – 08:20 AM

The Ideal Research Environment


08:20 AM – 08:30 AM

Clinical and Translational Research: The Pathway


08:30 AM – 08:40 AM

A Career in Basic Science: The Pathway


08:40 AM – 08:50 AM

Finding a Mentor


08:50 AM – 09:00 AM

Finding an Idea


09:00 AM – 09:10 AM

“Funding” Your Research – Time to Dollars


09:10 AM – 09:30 AM

Panel Discussion


09:30 AM – 10:00 AM







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



12:30 PM – 05:00 PM

Skills Lab


05:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Exhibits



Dinner on Your Own








Friday, April 4, 2014

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast


08:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Skills Lab


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Break & Exhibits


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Skills Lab


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM









12:30 PM – 12:40 PM

The Process of Communicating Your Results


12:40 PM – 12:50 PM

Writing an Abstract


12:50 PM – 01:00 PM

Creating a Poster


01:00 PM – 01:15 PM

The 10 Minute Talk


01:15 PM – 01:35 PM

Effective Use of PowerPoint


01:35 PM – 01:45 PM

Panel Discussion


01:45 PM – 02:15 PM

Break & Exhibits








02:15 PM – 02:25 PM

Writing a Manuscript


02:25 PM – 02:35 PM

The Peer Review Process


02:35 PM – 02:45 PM

Academics and the VA – Good, Bad, and Ugly


02:45 PM – 02:55 PM

Academics as a Group


02:55 PM – 03:10 PM

Device Design and Engineering


03:10 PM – 03:20 PM

Industry Sponsored Trials


03:20 PM – 03:30 PM

Indian or Chief?


03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Break & Exhibits


04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

My Journey


05:00 PM – 05:20 PM

Panel Discussion


05:20 PM – 05:40 PM

What Comes Next – Tomorrow, Questions



Dinner on your own







Saturday, April 5, 2014

08:00 AM – 08:10 AM



08:10 AM – 10:10 AM

Medical Student Paper Presentation


10:10 AM – 10:30 AM



10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Resident Paper Presentation


12:30 PM – 01:30 PM



01:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Vascular Resident Paper Presentation


05:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Reception & Awards Dinner



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


Abstract Submission Begins: February 1, 2014

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2014


Click HERE for abstract guidelines and submission information.



Course Description


CAMLS - Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation


124 South Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Maps & Directions





Course Description


Click HERE to download the exhibitor prospectus.



2013 IAVS Highlights



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Group photo from April 2013 conference.