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American College of Surgeons

Florida Chapter’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium

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Florida Chapter’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium

Save the date for the Florida Chapter’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium taking place May 14, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

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Cancellation: Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. A written notice of cancellation must be received no later than April 15, 2022 for a full refund. Notices may be emailed to meetings@floridafacs.org


Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS

CEO, Dean, CAO

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Atrium Health Enterprise

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Rootstown, Ohio

Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, DABS, MAMSE

Professor and Chair

Department of Surgery

University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida

Margaret "Gretchen" Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS 

Associate Professor of Surgery 

University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin 


Friday, May 13, 2022

Pre-Meeting Events

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Trainee Social 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Day 1

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors 

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

Surgical Jeopardy

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Surgery

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM: So You Want to be a Leader: Lessons Learned from a Path Less Traveled- Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, DABS, MAMSE

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & the ACS- Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM: Panel Discussion- Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, DABS, MAMSE; Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Preoperative Communication

Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Enhanced Postoperative Recovery and the Value of Membership in the ACS

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors/Quickshot Poster Presentations

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS, Resident Abstract Presentations

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

2:50 PM - 3:40 PM

Spectacularly Challenging Cases

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Florida Chapter Annual Business Meeting             

Venue & Hotels


The Tampa Club
101 East Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 4200 (Located in the Bank of America Building)
Tampa FL 33602


The following hotels provide close accommodations for the 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium. Use the links below to book your reservation.

Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 N Tampa St
Tampa, FL 33602
.1 mile walk



Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 N Ashley Dr
Tampa, FL 33602
.1 mile walk



Aloft Tampa Downtown
100 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33602
<.1 mile walk



Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown
325 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602
.2 mile walk



General and subspecialty surgeons, surgical residents, surgical fellows, surgical students and researchers.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the latest research in basic, clinical, and cancer-related surgical care
  • Appraise unique surgical cases
  • Assess surgical knowledge through knowledge-based competition based on American game show
  • Describe strategies used to enhance surgical workforce diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Describe socioeconomic, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the practice of surgery
  • Review current patterns of preoperative communication and recommendations for process improvement 
  • Describe novel strategies to engage patients in decision making

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible Company:   The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.
Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Speakers / Moderators / Discussants / Authors Nothing to Disclose Disclosure
Company Role Received
Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS X      
Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS, DABS, MAMSE X      
Margaret "Gretchen" Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS   MezLight LLC Spouse-ownership interest Owner
Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd (Hon), DFSVS        
Planning Committee / Editorial Committee Nothing to Disclose Disclosure
Company Role Received
Susan Hoover, MD, FACS   Devicor/
Honorarium Advisory Board Member
Jason Paul Wilson, MD, MBA, FASCRS        
Nicholas Laconi, MSc, BS X      
Brian K. Yorkgitis, DO X      
Danielle Henry, MD X      
Jose Mario Pimiento, MD X      
Christine Laronga, MD, FACS   Up-To-Date Royalties Editor


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Residents and Trainees

If you are a resident or qualifying trainee and wish to participate in any of the following events taking place at the annual meeting, please sign-up using the links below. You must be registered for the meeting to participate:

Surgical Jeopardy: 
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time: 8:00 – 8:55 AM
Resident teams from surgery programs throughout Florida are invited to sign-up to participate in this yearly knowledge-based competition. The winning team gets the opportunity to represent the state at the 2022 ACS Clinical Congress Jeopardy competition. 
Important: Before signing up for this competition, please make sure your team meets eligibility requirements as outlined below:

  • Any program that participated in a Surgical Jeopardy in another part of the state or other state in not eligible to participate in the Surgical Jeopardy competition at the Florida Chapter annual meeting.
  • All teams must consist of ONLY 2 players.
  • No one on team should be set to graduate until after the 2022 academic year.

Sign up for Surgical Jeopardy 

Virtual General Surgery Certifying Exam Mock Orals:
Date: May 2022

Time: TBD
This session is open to all residents, with the purpose of providing a setting for you to prepare for the ABS General Surgery Certification Exam.  

Sign up for Virtual General Surgery Certifying Exam Mock Orals

Resident Paper Competition

The Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) Surgical Education Committee invites the submission of abstracts for the 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium. Accepted abstracts will be presented live at the 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. 
Competition categories include:
  1. Basic Science
  2. Clinical Science
  3. Commission on Cancer

Spectacularly Challenging Cases

The Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons invites Residents and Fellows (ACS and Associate Fellows only) to submit case studies to be considered for presentations during an interactive case presentation session at the 2022 Annual Meeting & Edward M. Copeland, III, MD, FACS Research Symposium taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. We are looking for cases that place an emphasis on the use of new techniques, new technologies, and new ways of using existing techniques and technologies to improve surgical outcomes.

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