Holding Presure - Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG)

We are excited to be introducing the first episode of our new series, Holding Pressure. The contents are geared towards medical students to introduce them to the field of vascular surgery. In this episode, we have a group of distinguished medical students who are leaders or founders of Vascular Surgery Interest Group at their respective medical schools to talk about their experiences.


Tara Zielke (@ZielkeTara) is a 3rd year medical student and the president of VSIG at Loyola University School of Medicine

Dominique Dockery (@domdoc_) is a 3rd year medical student and the president and founder of VSIG at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Ali Hakimi is a 3rd year medical student and the co-president of VSIG and MS3 at University of Colorado School of Medicine

Brian Leoce (@leocebm) is a 3rd year medical student and the president and founder of VSIG at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


Yasong (@YasongYuMD) is a 4th year general surgery resident at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.

Imani (@iemcelroy) is a 5th-year general surgery resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her medical degree at the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program and also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 


SVS VSIG Website, including access to VSIG Toolkit

SVS Develop My Training Career

Calling all medical students

Submit your questions for the mailbag episode! Ask us any question related to vascular surgery, and have it answered on the podcast. 

Include the following

  • Your name, school, and year, or anonymous
  • Who you want to address the question to (resident, fellow, attending, or someone specific)
  • Send them in writing, or in voice recorded format. 

Send them to HoldingPressure.AudibleBleeding@gmail.com. Also send us any ideas, suggestions, or comments.

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The Historical Relationship Between Black America, Medicine, and Research: Deconstructing Barriers and Optimizing Care

One Year Later - Moving Forward with Intentionality in Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism in Healthcare

Matt’s Interview with Dr. Aulivola and others at VAM21

#VAM21 Highlight, Part 4 - Jason Lee and VESS, Bernadette Aulivola and Cassius Ochoa Chaar on Outreach & Max Wohlauer on Occupational Hazard in Vascular Surgery

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Authors: Yasong Yu, Imani McElroy

Editor: Yasong Yu

Reviewers: Sharif Ellozy, Matthew Chia