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 Minority Medical Student Travel Scholarship

Sponsored by the SVS Diversity and Inclusion Committee

 

SVS is funding Minority Medical Student Travel Scholarships to provide aspiring vascular surgeons with an opportunity to attend the 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, and to enhance the minority medical student’s professional network within the vascular surgery specialty. Please note 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 the SVS Diversity and Inclusion Committee and other minority vascular surgeon leaders will be held at the 2014 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 also will have the opportunity to participate in open and endovascular simulation training, a surgical skills competition, attend didactic lectures specially geared toward them, and 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 ($250 value) 

  • Exclusive Open & Endovascular Simulation Training Session (scholarship recipients only) 

  • Mentorship Program with Assigned Minority Vascular Surgeon Mentor/Welcome Buddy 

  • Exclusive Minority Medical Student Scholarship Luncheon with the SVS Diversity & Inclusion Committee/Mentors 

  • Opportunity to participate in the Shadow Program 

  • 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:
    • Medical Student in the United States or Canada; or
    • Pre-Med Student in the United States or Canada
  • Be part of a minority group based on ethnicity/race
  • LOCAL APPLICANTS: Please note 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, Minority Medical Student Scholarship Luncheon with the SVS Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as well as receive complimentary registration ($250 value). Please be sure to select you are a local student/resident on the application form. *Local applicants are considered to be within 100 miles of the greater Boston area. This will include applicants from cities such as Providence, RI and Worcester, MA.  
Application Process 

Applicants must submit a complete online application providing the following information: 

o   Demographic information such as race/ethnicity, training level, institution/school currently attending, etc. 

o   Statement (200 words maximum) on applicant’s interest in vascular surgery and why they want to attend the Vascular Annual Meeting (Applicants are encouraged to have their statement ready before starting the online application as their work cannot be saved in progress.)

 

Application Deadline

  • Please note the application submission site is now closed.
  • Please note, 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 Minority Medical Student Travel Scholarship, but are eligible to receive only one award per year. 

Review Process
Applications will undergo a blind review by the SVS Diversity & Inclusion 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 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting; and
  • Have not already matched into a vascular surgery training program.

Award Process
Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s 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 Diversity and Inclusion Committee within three months of completion after attending the Vascular Annual Meeting. The report should be one to two double-spaced typewritten 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 Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  
More Information
Please contact
studentresident@vascularsociety.org with any questions or for additional information.
 

 

 

 

Minority Medical Student Mentoring Program 

The purpose of the minority 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 

  • 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

Past Sch​olarship Recipients and Final Reports

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 - Final Report
Medical Student First Year
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Thadeus Dapash - Final Report
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 - Final Report
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

 
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Updated February 2014
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