Greetings! 2017 brings with it an exciting opportunity to travel to the west coast for the 2017 VCS Annual Conference to be held October 26-28 in the heart of Portland, OR. We are in the midst of planning a great conference for you so continue to come back to this website often for updates.
The headquarter hotel for this year’s conference is the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers. This hotel is within a couple of blocks of the MAX, Portland’s light rail system, that connects to the airport and the rest of the city. It is about a 30 minute ride from the airport. If you plan to take an excursion to wine country, the coast, or the the surrounding mountains, renting a car is probably necessary. Otherwise, transit around the city can easily be done on foot, by rail, by BIKETOWN bike share, or uber/ lyft/taxi.
The Resident Review Workshop begins on Thursday morning at 8 am with Drs. Jayme Looper and Tony Mutsaers serving as presenters for this popular pre-conference workshop which is open to everyone. In addition, we have also scheduled a concurrent Thursday morning workshop program for those of you who are interested in nutrition, medical marijuana (it is Oregon), and pharmaceutical regulations in practice. This workshop begins at 8:30 am.
Following these Thursday morning learning opportunities, the general conference gets underway at 1:30 pm following an opening sponsored lunch, and runs through Saturday afternoon with presentations ending at 3:30 pm. Similar to 2016, we will have the general membership meeting in combination with awards presentations from 3:30- 5:30 pm.
For technicians, we have scheduled a pre-conference cytology/hematology diagnostic lab for Thursday afternoon. This lab is limited to the first 20 technicians who register. The VTCS Workshop begins in earnest on Friday morning and continues through mid-day Saturday.
Plan to stay through Saturday night as we will host a soiree at the Portland Art Museum for everyone to mingle and enjoy the art museum’s great collection, taste some local craft brews and wine and then dance the night away to some great local music as well.
We are excited to have already confirmed three great keynote speakers and will be finalizing themes for each half-day session and SOTA speakers in the near future. Our keynotes include Chris Corless, MD, PhD from Portland’s Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Corless is an anatomic pathologist with special interest in personalized medicine, genomics and target therapies. Dan Promislow, PhD is a professor in the Departments of Pathology and Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He will speak about the Dog Aging Project, a nationwide longitudinal study of aging in companion dogs. Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C is the Family Support Services Manager at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. Ms. Hedlund will be addressing burnout, compassion fatigue and resilience in professional practice.
We are excited about the agenda and about hosting everyone here in Oregon. We hope to provide you with a great Pacific NW experience. If you have some free time, there are world renowned wineries within an hour of downtown and an abundance of restaurants for the foodies, coffee shops, and microbreweries within walking distance of the hotel. You are a close drive to the spectacular Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge. If you need a gift to bring home, don’t forget to check out the Portland Saturday Market (also held on Sunday) for local crafts. This market is also within walking distance to the hotel. You may wish to bring a raincoat, because you never know, it just might rain.
Stay tuned for updates! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Dr. Kim Freeman
2017 Program Chair