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Social Media Ambassador Program
At the beginning of 2019, the Society for Vascular Surgery launched the Social Media Ambassador Program. This provides an opportunity for vascular-focused medical students, general surgery residents and trainees to become involved within the society.
- Understand the general concept of social media, the benefits of SVS membership and be a member in good standing.
- Be an advocate for the SVS – whether that be on social media, within their program, at VSIGs, meetings, etc.
- Provide honest feedback to the SVS social media team.
- Optional - Post about SVS meetings, articles, promotions, etc. on personal social media accounts
Our first group of ambassadors have exceeded expectations with their involvement. We are happy to highlight them below.
Natasha is a 2nd-year MD-PhD student at the University of Washington, and originally hails from California. Currently she’s doing her PhD at the Institute for Protein Design, building new proteins from scratch for use in novel therapeutics.
She became hooked on vascular after shadowing an open TAAA repair in her first quarter of medical school. Since then she has served as leader of UW’s Vascular Surgery Interest Group, working with their enthusiastic vascular faculty to increase student awareness of this fascinating specialty.
Vascular surgery appeals to her because it demands a high degree of technical skill to treat a variety of severe conditions. She also values the combination of acute, life-saving care and long-term patient relationships that span decades and often involve entire families. She believes it’s an exciting field with consistent opportunities for self-improvement and innovation in patient care.
Therese was born in Aleppo, Syria, but at a very young age her family decided to move to North America. She is currently a fourth-year medical student in Chicago, IL, and will be graduating from Saint James SOM, where she was also a pathology Teaching Assistant.
Therese has been an honor student her whole life and aims to fill gaps in areas of vascular medicine, a field she grew passionate about because of the broad spectrum of pathology it entails. She is a member of the Ad-Hoc Center for Vascular Awareness V-Healthy®committee and aspires to contribute to vascular disease prevention, detection and treatment on a global level. She has a passion for health education and her research interests are centered on the complexities of geriatric care imposed by concurrent comorbidities, such as frailty and mental health.
Lauren is from Buffalo, NY and is a MD/PhD student at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is completing her dissertation at WFIRM on tissue-engineered vascular grafts. She loves the vascular surgery specialty because of the diverse and innovative approaches to patient care. In addition to vascular, she also loves her husband, their dogs and hip-hop!
In February 2019, Lauren attended the Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) conference and wrote up a summary of her experience, which you can read here. She also spearheaded an upcoming Social Media Ambassador program campaign, “Frequently Vasc Questions,” where the Ambassadors will interview vascular surgery trainees or physicians and share on social media.