Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

Resident & Associate Society

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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.

Quick Links

ACS Hangouts

RAS-ACS is organizing weekly "hangouts" to allow a forum for students, trainees, and young surgeons to share stories, best practices from our institutions, and to have an opportunity to just connect with each other and have a support network, as we deal with these new challenges. For more information, including topics and education, visit https://www.facs.org/member-services/ras/hangout.

2020 – 2021 Committee Leadership

Chair: Tara Barry, MD

Tara was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Rice University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Health and Policy  Studies. Two years in pediatric hematology/oncology research at Texas Children’s Hospital led her to pursue a career in clinical medicine. She completed her  post baccalaureate pre-medical certificate at Goucher College and obtained her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She moved to Tampa in 2016 to start her residency in General Surgery at the University of South Florida. After completing three clinical years she elected to  pursue two years of dedicated research time focused on outcomes, surgical education and gender equity in the OnetoMap Analytics lab under PI and Chair  Paul Kuo, MD MS MBA. Tara is actively involved in recruitment and resident wellness for the General Surgery program at USF, and serves on the RAM (Rice  alumni in medicine) committee. She enjoys baking, biking and spin.

Vice-Chair: Nicholas Laconi, MD

Nick was raised in Florida, hailing from the Tampa Bay area. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He then obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida while conducting basic science research for the division of pediatric surgery. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for his Medical Doctorate and continued his General Surgery residency at the University of Florida. During his academic development time, Nick is pursuing a simulation fellowship at UF’s Center for Experiential Learning & Simulation (CELS) where he utilizes his passion for medical education to design surgical curriculum that implements technical and simulation elements to improve both resident and medical student education. He has an interest in robotic simulation for residents, procedural task training curriculum, and perioperative leadership/communication. 

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 tbarry@usf.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 tbarry@usf.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:

Vacant, if interested in the position please email tbarry@usf.edu with a short statement regarding why you are interested in the position.

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:

Tara Barry, MD
Anthony Ferrantella, MD
Eli Levitt, MD
Michelle Mulder, MD
Hallie Quiroz, MD
Justine Broecker, MD
Olivia D'Angelo, MD
Nicholas Laconi, MD
Anthony DeSantis, MD
Gareth Gilna, MD
Andrea Riner, MD
Kelly Herremans, 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 tbarry@usf.edu with your suggestions.

How to be involved

Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the RAS Committee should send their interest to tbarry@usf.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. For more information, visit https://floridafacs.org/annual.
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 Tara Barry,MD @ tbarry@usf.edu.