For Your EVS Experience in Washington, DC
@ the EVS Annual meeting

History, culture and cuisine in the heart of Washington, DC

EVS Social Events

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EVS Poster Competition & Reception

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Thursday, September 29th

Millenium Foyer


EVS Welcome Reception

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thursday, September 29th

Millenium Hall


Presidents Reception

Join us for a live performance of the Philadelphia Funk Authority!

Come to the EVS President's reception for a live performance, September 30th, 7:30pm-10:30pm at the National Constitution Center!

The Philadelphia Funk Authority (PFA) was created with one thing in mind—to provide you with the very best in high-energy dance and party entertainment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, and WAY beyond! Proving time and again the ability to deliver at parties, night clubs, festivals, weddings, concerts and corporate events, PFA has built up a reputation of making the party happen for our fans and clients.

7:30pm – 10:30pm
Thursday, September 30th

National Constitution Center

Charity Run

6:30am - 7:45am
Friday, September 30th

See the scenic route.

The proceeds collected for the EVS Fun Run/Walk benefit The Think Aorta Foundation which is a global campaign focused on the problem of misdiagnosis and delay in acute Aortic Dissection. It was created and is led by Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland. Think Aorta provides free, accredited learning resources for Emergency Medicine and Radiology teams and for First Responders, improving their ability to spot a time-critical, life-threatening Aortic Dissection and take appropriate action. Think Aorta is saving lives around the world and is endorsed by the leading medical professional bodies in all of the countries where we are active.

The walking/running path will be along the historic Boathouse Row located on the east bank of the Schuykill River. It is truly a spectacular route! Please come and participate in this informal run/walk with your EVS colleagues!

There will be an open-top bus to transport you to the start.

Sizing Competition w/Dinner

Sponsored by Cook Medical

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, September 30th

Commonwealth A - 2nd Floor


EVS Young Surgeon's Case Competition & Dinner

Sponsored by Medtronic

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, September 30th

Commonwealth A

Visit independence hall and see the liberty bell

Located just 10 minutes away from the Loews Hotel

During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 delegates gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and pledged their “lives, their fortune and their sacred honor” in the pursuit of independence.

Now known as Independence Hall, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, finalizing the colonies’ break with England.

Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered once again at the State House to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

A national treasure, Independence Hall is one of only 24 World Heritage sites in the nation, placing it in the company of the Statue of Liberty and Yellowstone National Park.

Liberty Bell Center

It doesn’t make a sound, but the Liberty Bell’s message rings loud and clear: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

This inscription on the cracked but mighty bell is one reason it has been adopted by abolitionists, suffragists and other freedom-seekers.

Purchase independence hall tickets

Penn's Landing Riverfront

Named in honor of William Penn’s historic landing in Philadelphia in 1682, Penn’s Landing hosts events, attractions and entertainment all year long.

This reclaimed space — which runs the length of Center City along the waterfront — always has something fun going on, including festivals, concerts, beer gardens, yoga, roller-skating and ice-skating.


Valley Forge National Historical Park

At Valley Forge National Historical Park, visitors travel back in time to the harrowing 1777-1778 winter encampment of George Washington’s Continental Army. Woodlands, streams, meadows, monuments and 26 miles of trails commemorate the sacrifice and transformation of the Continental Army during these pivotal six months of the Revolutionary War.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Founded in 1976, The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African Americans. The museum takes a fresh, bold look at the roles of African Americans in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Visiting exhibitions and frequent programs reveal the history, stories and cultures of those of African descent throughout the African diaspora.

History, Culture & Cuisine

Grab a bite in the world famous Reading Terminal Market food hall

Set below a former railroad terminal that’s now a National Historic Landmark building, Center City’s 126-year-old Reading Terminal Market serves as both a dazzling tourist destination and a source for fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheese for locals. Dozens of restaurants dish up breakfast and lunch daily, with the choices spanning from Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine to Thai curries to fancy corndogs. Retail merchants sell housewares, jewelry, linens and more.



A Halloween Festival of Epic Proportions

Halloween Nights is an immersive experience featuring FIVE thrilling haunted houses PLUS...

  • historic tours
  • themed bars and lounges
  • live entertainment
  • and many more surprises

...all within the walls of a real, abandoned 10-acre prison.

View all attractions here

Visit the Mütter Museum

Disturbingly informed.

Built in 1863, in Philadelphia, the Mütter Museum is described by many as the finest collection and display of medical specimens in the United States as well as home of the Philadelphia College of Physicians. The collection contains unique preserved pathological specimens, osteological specimens, models, medical instruments spanning centuries, as well as other collections. In addition to the beautiful museum, the outstanding attached gardens contain a pharmacopeia of medical herbs and other plants.

Before his incredible collection became the basis of his namesake museum, Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter made his name as a brilliant, compassionate and outspoken mid-19th century doctor who specialized in radical reconstructive surgery on the severely deformed in a time before anesthesia, so all of his patients were awake during his complex procedures. Though he died young, his influence as a surgeon and a professor are still seen in modern medicine today, and his surgeries and humanist, patient-centric philosophies were so ahead of his time that they are still being used today.

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Get a Legendary Cheesesteak


Pick your favorite.

Pat's and Geno's cheesesteak debate is one of Philly's greatest food rivalry's between two South Philly cheesesteak joints that may rival The Liberty Bell for iconic status: Pat's or Geno's? Who makes the best cheesesteaks.

Lots of places have signature foods: Chicago has the deep-dish pizza, New England has clam chowder, Buffalo, N.Y., has hot wings, Maryland has crab cakes, and New Orleans has gumbo. But in Philadelphia, the cheesesteak stands as equal parts civic symbol, tourist attraction, and a cultural obsession.

And no place represents the true grit of this working-class town and speaks to the soul of the city better than the corner of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philly, the cheese-steak epicenter where Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks face off 24 hours a day.