SVS Diversity Medical Student Vascular Annual Meeting Travel Scholarship

Sponsored by the SVS Leadership Development Committee and the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee

The application submission site will open in late December 2016. 

SVS is funding Diversity Medical Student Travel Scholarships to provide aspiring vascular surgeons with an opportunity to attend the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, to enhance the professional network of medical students from underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within the vascular surgery specialty. Minority pre-med students with a strong interest in vascular surgery also are encouraged to apply. 

In an effort to further establish meaningful and productive relationships between the scholarship recipients and minority vascular surgeon SVS members, recipients will be assigned a one-on-one mentor. Mentors will work with the recipient prior to the Vascular Annual Meeting and throughout the following year. A networking luncheon with members of the SVS Leadership Development Committee and the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee, as well as other vascular surgeon leaders will be held at the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting.

During the Vascular Annual Meeting, students will be able to attend scientific sessions and network with leaders in the field to learn more about the latest treatments and research in vascular disease. SVS will provide educational programming designed exclusively for students. Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in open and endovascular simulation training, attend didactic lectures geared specially toward them, as well as participate in a residency fair.

Scholarship Includes  

  • Up to a $450 travel award* (to be used toward the cost of travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the Vascular Annual Meeting) 
  • Complimentary meeting registration ($300 value) 
  • Exclusive Open & Endovascular Simulation Training Session (scholarship recipients only) 
  • Mentorship Program with Assigned Minority Vascular Surgeon Mentor/Welcome Buddy 
  • Exclusive Diversity Medical Student Scholarship Luncheon with members of the SVS Leadership Development Committee and the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee/Mentors 
  • Opportunity to participate in a mock interview practice session ​
  • Dedicated General Surgery Resident/Medical Student Educational and Networking Program

*The final travel award monetary amount will be determined after all applications have been reviewed. 

Application Requirements 

  • Active interest in vascular surgery
  • Currently enrolled as:
  1. Medical Student in the United States or Canada; or
  2. Pre-Med Student in the United States or Canada
  3. Be part of a minority group based on ethnicity/race
  • LOCAL APPLICANTS: Please note that local residents/students are not eligible to receive the monetary travel award but are encouraged to apply to be considered for an invitation to the Exclusive Open & Endovascular Simulation Training Session, Diveristy Medical Student Scholarship Luncheon, as well as receive complimentary registration ($300 value). Please be sure to select that you are a local student/resident on the application form.

Application Process 

  • Demographic Information 
    Applicants must submit a complete online application providing demographic information such as, race/ethnicity, training level, institution/school currently attending, etc. 

  • Statement of Interest
    Applicants must submit a complete online application providing a statement regarding their interest in vascular surgery and why they want to attend the Vascular Annual Meeting. The statement can be provided in two different ways, but please note that only one option can be chosen: 

    • Written Statement
      The written statement must be no longer than 200 words and should express the applicant’s interest in vascular surgery and why they want to attend the Vascular Annual Meeting. 

    • Video Statement
      ​The video must be must be no more than two minutes in length and convey the following:
      • Full name, year in medical school, and name of institution
      • Interest in vascular surgery
      • Why attending the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting is appealing

In the online application, video statements will be submited by uploading the video to YouTube and sharing the link.

Application Deadline

  • In order to be considered for the scholarship, all applications must be complete.
  • All scholarship applicants will be notified in early April regarding their application status.

Applying for Multiple SVS Scholarships

Please note students are allowed to submit applications to each of the following scholarship programs: General Surgery Resident/Medical Student Travel Scholarship and the Diversity Medical Student Travel Scholarship, but are eligible to receive only one award per year. 

Review Process

Applications will undergo a blind review by members of the SVS Leadership Development Committee and the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Have not previously received any type of SVS Travel Scholarship;
  • Are not presenting an abstract/poster at the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting; and
  • Have not already matched into a vascular surgery training program.

Award Process

Applicants will be notified of the Committees' decision via email by early April. Scholarship recipients will need to confirm their attendance at the resident/student scholarship program each day in order to receive the monetary travel award. Please note the travel award check will be payable directly to the student and distributed onsite.  

Report to Committee

A report covering the experience should be prepared and forwarded to the SVS Leadership Development Committee and the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee within three months of completion after attending the Vascular Annual Meeting. The typed report should be one to two double-spaced pages and should summarize activities during the Vascular Annual Meeting. Although factual statements of activities should be included, recipients are encouraged to place these within an overall context of the impact on professional and personal development. Any publication of these activities should acknowledge the SVS Leadership Development Committee and the SVS Resident and Student Outreach Committee.

More Information

Please contact studentresident@vascularsociety.org with any questions or for additional information.

Diversity Medical Student Mentoring Program

The purpose of the diversity medical student mentoring program is to attract and retain diverse medical students to the vascular surgery specialty.

Mentor's Role

  • Serve as a coach giving professional advice and facilitating connections
  • Foster open exchange ideas and facilitate authentic communications
  • Help develop scholarship recipients’ vision of his/her future
  • To initiate contact with scholarship recipient and prepare for meetings/discussions
  • Promote a high level of confidentiality and trust
  • Time commitment should average one hour per month at minimum

Sch​olarship Recipient’s Role 

  • Serve as a coach giving professional advice and facilitating connections
  • Foster open exchange ideas and facilitate authentic communications
  • Help develop scholarship recipients’ vision of his/her future
  • To initiate contact with scholarship recipient and prepare for meetings/discussions
  • Promote a high level of confidentiality and trust
  • Time commitment should average one hour per month at minimum

Past Sch​olarship Recipients

2016
Ahmad Alsheekh
Medical Student Fourth Year
University of Science and Technology

Youngmin Chu
Medical Student Third Year
Penn State College of Medicine

Nicolas Fletcher
Medical Student Third Year
Michigan State University

Robert Griffith
Medical Student Third Year
The Commonwealth Medical College

Andres Guerra
Medical Student Third Year
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Vy Thuy Ho
Medical Student Third Year
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Tambudzai Kudze
Medical Student Third Year
Yale School of Medicine

Joyce Lu
Medical Student Fourth Year
Albany Medical College

Karen Massada
Medical Student Third Year
Frank H Netter, MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Fenil Patel
Medical Student Third Year
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

2015​
Ahmed Al-Khafaji
Medical Student Third Year
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Nigel K Denis
Medical Student Third Year
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Zachary Brook Fang
Medical Student Third Year
Emory University School of Medicine

Frances Hu
Medical Student Third Year
Emory University School of Medicine

Julia Kleene
Medical Student Third Year
Stony Brook School of Medicine

Samantha Nguyen
Medical Student Third Year
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Christian Enrique Pina
Medical Student First Year
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Jeans Santana
Medical Student Third Year
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Michelle Yoo
Medical Student Third Year
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

2014
Naomi Adjei
Medical Student First year
Alpert Medical School, Brown University​

Ahmed Al-Khafaji
Medical Student Second Year
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Claudia Cao
Medical Student Third Year
University of Michigan Medical School

Sean Clarke 
Pre-Med Student
University of Southern California

Courtney Furlough
Medical Student Third Year
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Adriana Gamboa
Medical Student Second Year
Baylor College of Medicine

Keith Glover
Medical Student Third year
Stanford University School of Medicine​

Benjamin Helfand
Medical Student First Year
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Linda Li
Medical Student Third Year
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Tammy Nguyen    
Medical Student Third Year
University of Utah School of Medicine

Cole Nishikawa    
Medical Student Third Year
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Tania Ruiz
Medical Student Third Year
University Of New Mexico

Maher Sabalbal
Medical Student Third Year
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University of Canada​

Michael Siah
Medical Student Fourth Year
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Dalila White
Medical Student First Year
Wake Forest School of Medicine

2013
Siobhan Alexander
Medical Student Third Year
University of Iowa College of Medicine

Nicolas Cal
Medical Student Third Year
University of New England College of Osteopahtic Medicine

John Charitable
Medical Student Second Year
Upstate Medical University

Richard Efem
Medical Student Second Year
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Fadi Elias
Medical Student Second Year
McMaster University

Keith Glover
Medical Student Third Year
Stanford University School of Medicine

Sajjid Hossain
Medical Student Third Year
McGill University

Owusu Mensah
Pre-Med Student
Union College

Azuka C. Onye
Medical Student Third Year
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jessica Paz
Medical Student First Year
UC Davis School of Medicine

Paymon Sanati-Mehrizy
Medical Student First Year
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Jaron Swift
Medical Student Second Year
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Carlos Torres
Medical Student Fourth Year
Ponce School of Medicine

2012
Mohamad Alghothani
Medical Student Third Year
University of Illinois

Rafael Alvarez
Medical Student Third Year
University of Michigan

Gener Augustin
Medical Student Third Year
University of Rochester School of Medicine

Eddie Blay, Jr.
Medical Student Second Year
Duke University School of Medicine

Benjamin Colvard
Medical Student Fourth Year
Baylor College of Medicine

Petrina Craine
Medical Student First Year
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Thadeus Dapash
Medical Student First Year
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sarasijhaa Desikan
Medical Student Third Year
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Byron D. Hughes
Medical Student First Year
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Gini Ikwuezunma
Medical Student Third Year
The Medical University of South Carolina 

Sinan Jabori
Medical Student First Year
UCLA

Ayesha Nzeribe
Medical Student Fourth Year
Brown Alpert Medical School

Willythssa S. Pierre-Louis
Medical Student First Year
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Jaron Swift
Medical Student First Year
Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lise Tchouta
Medical Student First Year
Yale University School of Medicine

Pelu Tran
Medical Student Third Year
Stanford University School of Medicine

    • Full name, year in medical school, and name of institution
    • Interest in vascular surgery
    • Why attending the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting is appealing
    • In order to be considered for the scholarship, all applications must be complete.
    • All scholarship applicants will be notified in early April regarding their application status.
    • Have not previously received any type of SVS Travel Scholarship;
    • Are not presenting an abstract/poster at the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting; and
    • Have not already matched into a vascular surgery training program.
    • Serve as a coach giving professional advice and facilitating connections
    • Foster open exchange ideas and facilitate authentic communications
    • Help develop scholarship recipients’ vision of his/her future
    • To initiate contact with scholarship recipient and prepare for meetings/discussions
    • Promote a high level of confidentiality and trust
    • Time commitment should average one hour per month at minimum
    • To clarify career objectives for mentor feedback
    • To demonstrate a commitment to the program
    • To facilitate open exchange of ideas including feedback and guidance
    • To develop objectives for meetings/discussions with mentors
    • Promote a high level of confidentiality and trust
    • Time commitment should average one hour per month at minimum