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Our institution established a medical student vascular surgery interest group (VSIG) in 2015. We examined our VSIG academic outputs to identify factors that are present among students who eventual chose vascular surgery as a career path.


All VSIG academic outputs were examined from 2016 to 2021. Presentation location (national, regional and local), type (podium and poster), time since presentation, subsequent publication, if the project was supported by institutional scholarship, if a meeting award was given and if a student co-author went into vascular surgery. Total number of students, resident and attending authors were also reviewed for each project. Students were placed into two cohorts: those who chose vascular surgery as a career path (VS) and those who did not (Non-VS). Fisher’s Exact* and unpaired t-test** were utilized in comparing the cohorts.


There were 89 individual presentations representing 60 unique research projects. Comparing 49 Non-VS vs. 40 VS Career students’ presentations. VS were statistically more likely to result in publication (42% compared to 6%;p=0.0001*), more mean total student authors (1.3 ± 0.5 compared to 1.2 ± 0.4; p=0.04**) and have a vascular student co-mentor (32% compared to 4%;p=0.0004*) compared to Non-VS. There was no statistically significant in terms of podium presentations, national presentations, total residents co-authors, total attending co-authors, institutional scholarship and meeting awards respectively.


In examining six years of our VSIG academic outputs, most students with a vascular surgery career path resulted in a statistically significant number of publications, were more likely to have vascular surgery student co-authors and have a larger number of total student authors on their presentations. These data should inform VSIG mentors who work with medical students in terms of academic outputs to encourage peer to peer student mentorship to aid in eventual presentations as well as support eventual publication.

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Deadline is September 1, 2023


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