Emily Coelho, a senior studying vascular technology at Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” recently received appointment as student board representative to the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).
A native Oregonian from Coburg, Emily is completing her fourth and final year of Oregon Tech’s Vascular Technology program. Growing up with medical profession parents, she was exposed to the idea of working in the medical field at a young age. After job shadowing and writing a report on medical imaging in high school, she landed on pursuing a career in vascular technology and hasn’t looked back since.
“I look forward to becoming more deeply involved in my new career and serving as a voice for vascular students,” said Emily. “I am excited to fulfill this opportunity and learn more about how I can be a part of securing and bringing innovation to the vascular field!”
The mission of the SVU is to promote quality vascular ultrasound services by providing educational, scientific and literary activities to our members, patients and the public. SVU is a membership society dedicated to the advancement of noninvasive technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease. The Society has a diverse membership of over 5,700 vascular technologists, surgeons, cardiologists, lab directors, academics, students and other professionals involved in the practice of vascular ultrasound, approximately 20 percent of whom are physicians. The SVU promotes numerous resources for vascular students such as scholarships, a quarterly newsletter, tips on writing a case study and more.
Emily’s role with the Society will include a 1-year commitment to work with other members to address issues that affect policies, procedures, requirements and continued education for technologists throughout the nation.
“Being on the board is an incredible opportunity for me to make connections with technologist, physicians, and other influential members of the vascular field,” she shares. “The Society for Vascular Ultrasound sets the standards for vascular ultrasound practice, so to be involved in it and kept up to date is endlessly valuable to me.”
After completing her externship and graduating from Oregon Tech, Emily has several different paths as an ultrasound technologist. She is currently interested in being a clinical instructor in the future as she loves teaching and believes it would be a very enriching experience to help a future technologist. She is also interested in cross-training into echocardiography and has ideas of receiving an MBA some day and running a vascular department.