Mission Statement
The purpose of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Interest Group (CTVSIG) is to provide insight, academic enrichment, and guidance to medical students considering a career in the fields of cardiothoracic and/ or vascular surgery. Our goals and activities include:
1. Introducing students to the fields of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. This will be accomplished by hosting clinician speakers monthly to discuss their fields.
2. Providing guidance to students on how to pursue a career in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, including how to make themselves the best candidates possible for residency and fellowship applications.
3. Facilitating lasting professional relationships between medical students and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery residents, fellows, attending clinicians, and faculty.
4. Providing hands-on extracurricular academic enrichment by introducing students to various clinical skills and surgical techniques relevant to these fields of surgery through simulation lab sessions and clinical skills workshops.
5. Encouraging interested students to observe operating room procedures and become involved with faculty at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute.


Megan Lauris
Santiago Lopez
Vice President
Fatima Asad
Sarah Mitchem
Chris Coo & Samantha Minc
Faculty Advisors


1. Membership is open to all medical students currently enrolled at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
2. The Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Interest Group will meet approximately monthly, to the best of its ability, during the school year from September to April (and possibly more at the discretion of the officer board and availability of guest clinicians)
3. The Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Interest Group will be governed by a medical student board of officers consisting of a president/ student organizer, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Elections will be held at the end of each year in which members of the CTVSIG will vote to determine the positions of the officer board.
4. The Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Interest Group will work closely under the supervision of faculty sponsors in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, including a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon.