Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

Resident & Associate Society

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Outstanding Achievements by RAS Members

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Resident & Associate Society Mission Statement

  • “The Resident and Associate Society (RAS) of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) serves to familiarize surgical trainees and young surgeons with Chapter programs and leadership. FCACS provides an avenue for participation in ACS affairs while fostering development and the use of leadership skills in organized surgery.  The society provides opportunities for opinions and concerns of young surgeons and trainees to be heard by the Chapter leadership.”

RAS Committee Goals

  • To encourage the future leaders in surgery and assist in their development as leaders in the profession of surgery, the Florida Chapter and the ACS.
  • To develop Florida Chapter activities and resources relevant to resident and young surgeon concerns.
  • To provide representation for residents and young surgeons throughout the state.
  • To create a forum for discussion of common issues in graduate surgical education.
  • To educate medical students, residents, and young surgeons about the Florida Chapter, the ACS and the value of fellowship.

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2018 – 2019 Committee Leadership

Chair: Michael Gerber, MD


Michael was born in Florida and grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology for his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He then took a research position at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he worked on stem cell therapies for vascular dysfunction. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and matched into a categorical general surgery spot at the University of Florida. He has finished two clinical years and currently works in a pancreatic cancer research laboratory. Michael is actively involved in student education and with his medical school’s surgery interest group.

Vice-Chair: Michelle Mulder, MD


Michelle was born, raised, and completed her undergraduate and medical training in Michigan. She attended Albion College for her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry, and obtained her Doctorate in Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 2015 she started her General Surgery residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Health where she completed her first two clinical years before entering a two-year dedicated Trauma and Critical Care research fellowship at the Ryder Trauma Center. Additionally,  Michelle runs the monthly Mass Casualty Exercise (MASCAL) for the US Army Forward Surgical Teams (FST). Michelle’s passion for improving patient care and clinical outcomes has fostered the foundation for her medical education, mentorship, and research. 


Secretary: Danielle Henry, MD


Danielle was born, raised and has completed all of her education and training in Florida.  Danielle attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and later obtained a Doctorate in Medicine from Florida State University. She went on to complete General Surgery Residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. During this time Danielle started her involvement in the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, which has afforded her many educational, leadership and networking opportunities. Danielle is passionate about mentoring, community service and the care of patients with breast disease. Danielle is currently a Fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center in Breast Surgical Oncology.


Regional Representatives:

The mission of regional representatives is to represent residents within their region and bring concerns of surgical residents up for discussion at the monthly RAS Committee meeting.

Northern Regional Representative:

Vacant, if interested in the position please email juan.mira@surgery.ufl.edu with a short statement regarding why you are interested in the position. 
Northern Region Programs: Florida State University, University of Florida College of Medicine (Jacksonville), University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville)

Central Regional Representative:

Vacant, if interested in the position please email juan.mira@surgery.ufl.edu with a short statement regarding why you are interested in the position. 
Central Region Programs: University of Central Florida College of Medicine (Ocala), University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Orlando Health, Florida Hospital Medical Center

Southern Regional Representative:


Sarah A. Eidelson, MD


Sarah was born in Kentucky, and grew up in South Florida.  She attended the University of Miami for her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, and continued there for her Doctorate of Medicine as well.  She is currently a PGY-4 General Surgery resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Sarah took two years off to pursue her research in Trauma and Critical Care, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health.  Additionally, she runs the monthly Mass Casualty Exercise (MASCAL) for the US Army Forward Surgical Team. Helping oversee the third year surgical clerkship has fueled her passion for both medical education and mentorship.


Southern Region Programs: University of Miami/JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional, University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Kendal Regional Medical Center.

Committee Members:

Bobby Gibbons, MD
Cristin Litz, MD
Jonathan P. Meizoso, MD
Michelle Mulder, MD
Juliet Ray, MD
Kathleen Relihan, MD


Membership in the Florida Chapter – Resident and Associate Society is automatic for resident members and associate fellows of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Reasons to Participate

The Florida Chapter is committed to the surgical trainees of the State of Florida.  It is our priority to provide value to our members at all levels, including the following:
  • Awards for top oral and poster presentations at our annual meeting
  • Eligibility for travel grants that facilitate your participation at Chapter and national events
  • Engagement in stimulating events including the Surgical Olympics and Surgical Jeopardy at our annual meeting
  • Participation in educational programs that provide life-long learning
  • Opportunities for networking and professional engagement at our annual meeting and other events
  • Learn about advocacy and shape policy at the Annual Legislative Days meeting in Tallahassee
  • Receive a monthly e-news letter with current updates and legislative alerts
  • Receive up to date event information on Chapter and College affairs
  • Develop a camaraderie with fellow surgical residents and surgeons throughout the state of Florida
We continue to work diligently to provide our members the most value for their participation.  Your feedback and suggestions are important as we continue to create content for our members. Please email michael.gerber@surgery.ufl.edu with your suggestions.

How to be involved

Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the RAS Committee should send their interest to michael.gerber@surgery.ufl.edu

Annual Florida Chapter ACS Meeting

The Florida Chapter annual meeting is a great opportunity to get involved with the Florida Chapter, meet new colleagues, and network. The 2019 annual meeting will be held in Orlando from March 22-23, 2019. For more information, visit https://floridafacs.org/Annual-Meeting. 

Meeting Honors & Awards

Below are the results of the 2018 Edward M. Copeland Resident Paper Competition:

Basic Science Category:
  1. Anthony Ferrantella, University of Miami ($500 Award) – Inhibition of SDF-1/CXCL12 Enhances Immune Response in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
  2. Kyle Staton, University of Florida ($250 Award) – Early Transcriptional Changes Associated with the Altered Flow Environment and Intimal Hyperplasia Following AVF Creation
  3. Russell Hawkins, University of Florida ($100 Award) – Alum Pretreatment Improves Survival from Murine Neonatal Sepsis and Alters Levels of IL-10 and pAKT
Clinical Science Category
  1. Juan Mira, University of Florida ($500 Award) – Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol Leads to a Significant Decrease in Postoperative Narcotic Usage
  2. David Hall, University of Florida ($250 Award)  Post-Operative Surgical Trainee Opioid Prescribing Practiced (POSTOPP): A National Survey
  3. Michelle Mulder, University of Miami ($100 Award) – Significant Proportion of Small Bowel Obstructions Require >48 Hours to Resolve After Gastrografin
Commission on Cancer Category*
  1. Michael Gerber, University of Florida ($500 Award) – Apratoxin S10 is a Novel Therapeutic Drug for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Treatment
  2. Danielle Henry, Moffitt Cancer Center, ($250 Award) – Feasibility of Radar Reflector Localization of Biopsy Proven Axillary Metastasis Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy
Resident Poster Awards:
  • Andre Coombs,Mount Sinai Medical Center ($100 Award) –  Investigating Clinical and Cost Burdens of Law Enforcement Related K-9 Injuries: The Impact of "The Bite" on a Community Hospital
Medical Student Poster Awards:
  • Yao Yang, University of Miami ($100 Award) –  Burden of Care for Motorcycle and Scooter Crash Patients at an Urban Level I Trauma Center: A Case Series
Surgical Olympics Winners*:
  • Christina Mesocoraca, DO - Florida Atlantic University 
  • Russell Hawkins, MD – University of Florida
Surgical Jeopardy Winners*:
  • David Hall, MD; Russell Hawkins, MD; and Peter Underwood, MD – University of Florida, Gainesville

*Winners of these categories will represent the State of Florida at the 2018 ACS Clinical Congress in Boston, MA in their respective competitions.

Upcoming Events 

Leadership & Advocacy ACS
May 19-22, 2018
Washington, DC
ACS Clinical Congress
October 21-25, 2018
Boston, MA

Do You Have RAS Photos or Accomplishments to Share?
Please submit any resident, fellow, and associate outstanding achievements to be displayed on the website by emailing exec@floridafacs.org or Michael Gerber, michael.gerber@surgery.ufl.edu.
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