General Surgery Residency

General Surgery Residency

About the Program

Our goal is to create a Surgery Residency Program that is sustainable and enduring with lasting effects beyond the population that we serve in Central Florida. Empowering tomorrow’s leaders in surgery through a faith based, multi-dimensional training environment that will provide them with the skills to meet their future needs.

Aspire for excellence, serve with compassion, live with purpose

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Scott M. Bloom, MD
General Surgery Program Director

Faculty

of Florida Hospital Medical Education

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    Joseph Portoghese, MD, FACS
    Chief Academic Officer, Designated Institutional Official
    Dr. Portoghese has been a member of the medical staff of Florida Hospital Since 1989, and was president of the medical staff from 2004-2006. As Florida Hospital moved forward into the medical edcuation arena, Dr. Portoghese was selected to become Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, which was first accredited in 2006. Dr. Portoghese is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency training. While in private practice since completion of his training, he has focused on general surgery. Dr. Portoghese has been a clerkship faculty for Florida State University College of Medicine since 2002, and was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery for the University of Central Florida college of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Portoghese is board certified diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
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    J. Pablo Arnoletti, MD, FACS
    Chief Surgical Oncology
    J. Pablo Arnoletti, MD, FACS graduated from the University of Republic Medical School in Montevideo, Uruguay. He completed his general surgery residency at MCP-Hahnemann University and a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. Before joining Florida Hospital, Dr. Arnoletti served as Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Oncology Laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was also the Clinical Core Co-Director of the UAB Pancreatic Cancer, National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE). He has been consistently voted as one of Birmingham Magazine’s Best Doctors in America for the past seven years, writing over 48 peer reviewed articles. His primary areas of clinical interests are pancreatic and hepato-biliary neoplasms, gastrointestinal surgical oncology and soft tissue sarcomas with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and multi-disciplinary treatment approaches.
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    Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
    Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director
    Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD graduated from the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his clinical training, he completed a research fellowship in GI diseases and surgery at Duke University. Dr. de la Fuente has written over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 book chapters and continuous to be involve with research activities. He was recently awarded The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award for his work on robotic surgery in patients with esophageal cancer. His primary areas of clinical and research interests include minimally invasive approaches in hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including pancreatic oncology and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. de la Fuente was named the Physician Research Coordinator and Director of Research of the general surgery residency program and Florida Hospital Orlando in 2012. He also has dual appointments at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Surgery.
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    Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS
    Director of Academic Surgery
    Dr. Eubanks came to Florida Hospital in September of 2010 as the Director of Academic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement. Dr. Eubanks is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and was trained in General Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He was the first Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow at Duke University and went on to serve on the Duke faculty for 10 years. Dr. Eubanks was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri prior to coming to Florida Hospital. Dr. Eubanks has served as the President of SAGES, published eight surgical books and approximately ninety peer-reviewed journal articles. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are advanced minimally invasive surgery and upper gastrointestinal diseases.
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    Rhonda L. Harmon, MD, FACS
    General Surgeon
    Dr. Harmon joined the faculty of the residency program in April of 2007. She obtained her MD degree from Medical University of South Carolina and did her surgical residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining our faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas from 2005 to 2007. She currently holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery rank with the Florida State University College of Medicine. She is Director of Medical Education in charge of coordinating the rotations of residents from our other programs as well as for medical student clerkships. Dr. Harmon is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Harmon holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.
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    Alric Simmonds Jr, MD, FACS
    General Surgeon
    Dr. Simmonds was the second member of the faculty to join our residency program. He came on board in August of 2006 and was essential in the first year of recruiting for our new program. Dr. Simmonds obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He completed residency training at Howard University Hospital. He was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health/Heart Lung & Blood Institute to become a National Health Disparities Scholar for two years in which he completed post-doctoral research through the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Simmonds holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery rank with Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Simmonds is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Simmonds holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.
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    Clinical Faculty
    Subspecialty Surgeons
    In addition to our core faculty, we have subspecialty surgeons in excess of over fifty members from all the surgical specialties medical staff of Florida Hospital and for the trauma rotation at Orlando Health. Accola, Kevin, MD - Cardiothoracic Alban, Rodrigo, MD - Trauma Albert, Matthew, MD - Colon and Rectal Anderson, Christopher, MD - Pediatric Surgery Angelis, Michael, MD - Transplant Atallah, Sam, MD - Colon and Rectal Baylor, Jeffrey, MD - Otolaryngology, Transplant-Hepatobiliary Bittner, Harmeth, MD - Surgery Bonilla, Claudia, MD - Critcal Care Boyer, Joseph, MD - Cardiothoracic Chaudhry, Ahmad, MD - Cardiothoracic Cheatham, Michael, MD - Trauma Chemtob, Gilles, MD - Surgical Critical Care Childers, Timothy, MD - General Surgery Chin, Lawrence, MD - Transplant Cicilioni, Orlando, MD - Plastic Surgery Cortes, Rafael, MD - Gastroenterology Guzzi, Louis, MD - Surgical Critical Care H.deBeche-Adams, MD - Colon and Rectal Hasan, Muhammad, MD - Hepatology & Gastroenterolgy Ho, Henry, MD - Otolaryngology Ibrahim, Joseph, MD - Trauma Surgery Kahn, Zaman, MD - General Surgery Kashi, Maryam, DO - Hepatology & Gastroenterolgy Keating, Michael, MD - Children's Surgery Kielmovitch,Izak, MD - Otolaryngology Larach, Sergio, MD - Colon and Rectal Lavasani, Leela, MD - Otolaryngology Lehman, Jeffrey, MD - Otolaryngology Lo, William, MD - Pediatric Surgery Lube, Matthew, MD - Trauma Mahan, Thomas, MD - General Surgery Miller, Javier, MD - Urology Nibhanupuddy, Bobby, MD - Transplant Palmer, George, MD - Cardiothoracic Papanicolaou, George, MD - Plastic Surgery Patel, Rakesh, MD - Urology Patni, Aftab, MD - Otolaryngology Peters, Kendall, MD - Plastic Surgery Posada, Roberto, MD - General Surgery Promes, John, MD - Trauma Ranson, Mark, MD - Vascular Surgery Redan, Jay, MD - General Surgery Rodricks, Michael, MD - Surgical Critical Care Rosenthal, Raul, MD - Minimally Invasive Surgery Savage, Christopher, MD - Otolaryngology Shami, Halla, MD - Otolaryngology Smith, Chadwick, MD - Trauma Smith, Howard, MD - Trauma Spector, Brian, MD - Otolaryngology Stieg, Frank, MD - Plastic Surgery Stoltzfus, Daniel, MD - Surgical Critical Care Styne, Philip, MD - GI Taggart, John, MD - Otolaryngology Thill, Jeffrey, MD - Urology Thompson, W. Raleigh, MD - Pediatric Surgery Tipirneni, Kiran, MD - Otolaryngology Tran, Hao, MD - Otolaryngology Varnagy, David, MD - Vascular Surgery Vedula, Girdhar, MD - Transplant Surgery Winter, Robert, MD - Vascular Surgery Wladis, Alan, MD - Vascular Surgery
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    Scott M. Bloom, MD
    General Surgery Program Director
    Dr. Scott W. Bloom is a board-certified general surgeon and educator. His dedication to the field of surgery has been recognized by numerous awards and distinctions, including the University of British Columbia's H. Rocke Robertson Award for Undergraduate Surgical Education and, for five years in a row, the Staten Island University Hospital Attending Physician of the Year award. As an attending surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Bloom held multiple leadership positions, including Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery, Director, General Surgery and Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program. His Expertise is grounded n in-depth medical and scientific research published in many distinguished North American peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Bloom is a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.
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      Joseph Portoghese, MD, FACS
      Chief Academic Officer, Designated Institutional Official

      Dr. Portoghese has been a member of the medical staff of Florida Hospital Since 1989, and was president of the medical staff from 2004-2006. As Florida Hospital moved forward into the medical edcuation arena, Dr. Portoghese was selected to become Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, which was first accredited in 2006. Dr. Portoghese is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency training. While in private practice since completion of his training, he has focused on general surgery. Dr. Portoghese has been a clerkship faculty for Florida State University College of Medicine since 2002, and was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery for the University of Central Florida college of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Portoghese is board certified diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.

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      J. Pablo Arnoletti, MD, FACS
      Chief Surgical Oncology

      J. Pablo Arnoletti, MD, FACS graduated from the University of Republic Medical School in Montevideo, Uruguay. He completed his general surgery residency at MCP-Hahnemann University and a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. Before joining Florida Hospital, Dr. Arnoletti served as Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Oncology Laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was also the Clinical Core Co-Director of the UAB Pancreatic Cancer, National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE). He has been consistently voted as one of Birmingham Magazine’s Best Doctors in America for the past seven years, writing over 48 peer reviewed articles. His primary areas of clinical interests are pancreatic and hepato-biliary neoplasms, gastrointestinal surgical oncology and soft tissue sarcomas with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and multi-disciplinary treatment approaches.

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      Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD
      Surgical Oncology Program and Research Director

      Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD graduated from the University of Salvador School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and a surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his clinical training, he completed a research fellowship in GI diseases and surgery at Duke University. Dr. de la Fuente has written over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 book chapters and continuous to be involve with research activities. He was recently awarded The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award for his work on robotic surgery in patients with esophageal cancer. His primary areas of clinical and research interests include minimally invasive approaches in hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including pancreatic oncology and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. de la Fuente was named the Physician Research Coordinator and Director of Research of the general surgery residency program and Florida Hospital Orlando in 2012. He also has dual appointments at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Surgery.

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      Steve Eubanks, MD, FACS
      Director of Academic Surgery

      Dr. Eubanks came to Florida Hospital in September of 2010 as the Director of Academic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Institute for Surgical Advancement. Dr. Eubanks is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and was trained in General Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He was the first Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow at Duke University and went on to serve on the Duke faculty for 10 years. Dr. Eubanks was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri prior to coming to Florida Hospital. Dr. Eubanks has served as the President of SAGES, published eight surgical books and approximately ninety peer-reviewed journal articles. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are advanced minimally invasive surgery and upper gastrointestinal diseases.

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      Rhonda L. Harmon, MD, FACS
      General Surgeon

      Dr. Harmon joined the faculty of the residency program in April of 2007. She obtained her MD degree from Medical University of South Carolina and did her surgical residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining our faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas from 2005 to 2007. She currently holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery rank with the Florida State University College of Medicine. She is Director of Medical Education in charge of coordinating the rotations of residents from our other programs as well as for medical student clerkships. Dr. Harmon is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Harmon holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.

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      Alric Simmonds Jr, MD, FACS
      General Surgeon

      Dr. Simmonds was the second member of the faculty to join our residency program. He came on board in August of 2006 and was essential in the first year of recruiting for our new program. Dr. Simmonds obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He completed residency training at Howard University Hospital. He was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health/Heart Lung & Blood Institute to become a National Health Disparities Scholar for two years in which he completed post-doctoral research through the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Simmonds holds a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery rank with Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Simmonds is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Simmonds holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.

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      Clinical Faculty
      Subspecialty Surgeons

      In addition to our core faculty, we have subspecialty surgeons in excess of over fifty members from all the surgical specialties medical staff of Florida Hospital and for the trauma rotation at Orlando Health.

      Accola, Kevin, MD - Cardiothoracic
      Alban, Rodrigo, MD - Trauma
      Albert, Matthew, MD - Colon and Rectal
      Anderson, Christopher, MD - Pediatric Surgery
      Angelis, Michael, MD - Transplant
      Atallah, Sam, MD - Colon and Rectal
      Baylor, Jeffrey, MD - Otolaryngology, Transplant-Hepatobiliary
      Bittner, Harmeth, MD - Surgery
      Bonilla, Claudia, MD - Critcal Care
      Boyer, Joseph, MD - Cardiothoracic
      Chaudhry, Ahmad, MD - Cardiothoracic
      Cheatham, Michael, MD - Trauma
      Chemtob, Gilles, MD - Surgical Critical Care
      Childers, Timothy, MD - General Surgery
      Chin, Lawrence, MD - Transplant
      Cicilioni, Orlando, MD - Plastic Surgery
      Cortes, Rafael, MD - Gastroenterology
      Guzzi, Louis, MD - Surgical Critical Care
      H.deBeche-Adams, MD - Colon and Rectal
      Hasan, Muhammad, MD - Hepatology & Gastroenterolgy
      Ho, Henry, MD - Otolaryngology
      Ibrahim, Joseph, MD - Trauma Surgery
      Kahn, Zaman, MD - General Surgery
      Kashi, Maryam, DO - Hepatology & Gastroenterolgy
      Keating, Michael, MD - Children's Surgery
      Kielmovitch,Izak, MD - Otolaryngology
      Larach, Sergio, MD - Colon and Rectal
      Lavasani, Leela, MD - Otolaryngology
      Lehman, Jeffrey, MD - Otolaryngology
      Lo, William, MD - Pediatric Surgery
      Lube, Matthew, MD - Trauma
      Mahan, Thomas, MD - General Surgery
      Miller, Javier, MD - Urology
      Nibhanupuddy, Bobby, MD - Transplant
      Palmer, George, MD - Cardiothoracic
      Papanicolaou, George, MD - Plastic Surgery
      Patel, Rakesh, MD - Urology
      Patni, Aftab, MD - Otolaryngology
      Peters, Kendall, MD - Plastic Surgery
      Posada, Roberto, MD - General Surgery
      Promes, John, MD - Trauma
      Ranson, Mark, MD - Vascular Surgery
      Redan, Jay, MD - General Surgery
      Rodricks, Michael, MD - Surgical Critical Care
      Rosenthal, Raul, MD - Minimally Invasive Surgery
      Savage, Christopher, MD - Otolaryngology
      Shami, Halla, MD - Otolaryngology
      Smith, Chadwick, MD - Trauma
      Smith, Howard, MD - Trauma
      Spector, Brian, MD - Otolaryngology
      Stieg, Frank, MD - Plastic Surgery
      Stoltzfus, Daniel, MD - Surgical Critical Care
      Styne, Philip, MD - GI
      Taggart, John, MD - Otolaryngology
      Thill, Jeffrey, MD - Urology
      Thompson, W. Raleigh, MD - Pediatric Surgery
      Tipirneni, Kiran, MD - Otolaryngology
      Tran, Hao, MD - Otolaryngology
      Varnagy, David, MD - Vascular Surgery
      Vedula, Girdhar, MD - Transplant Surgery
      Winter, Robert, MD - Vascular Surgery
      Wladis, Alan, MD - Vascular Surgery

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      Scott M. Bloom, MD
      General Surgery Program Director

      Dr. Scott W. Bloom is a board-certified general surgeon and educator. His dedication to the field of surgery has been recognized by numerous awards and distinctions, including the University of British Columbia's H. Rocke Robertson Award for Undergraduate Surgical Education and, for five years in a row, the Staten Island University Hospital Attending Physician of the Year award. As an attending surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Bloom held multiple leadership positions, including Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery, Director, General Surgery and Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program.

      His Expertise is grounded n in-depth medical and scientific research published in many distinguished North American peer-reviewed journals.

      Dr. Bloom is a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.

Residents

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      Stephenie Poris, MD Florida State University COM
      Chief Resident
      PGY-5
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      Fatima Sadiq, MD Aga Khan University Medical College
      Chief Resident
      PGY-5
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      Noeline Rajarajan, M.B, B.S. St. Bartholomews and the Royal London SOM
      PGY-4
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      Rebecca Rowen, MD Ross University SOM
      PGY-4
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      Georg Wiese, MD University of Washington SOM
      PGY-4
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      Michael Gregg, MD, University of South Florida COM
      PGY-3
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      Jonah White, MD, Tulane SOM
      PGY-3
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      Joseph Reza, MD University of California San Franciso SOM
      PGY-2
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      Evan Westrick, MD Indiana University SOM
      PGY-2
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      Damian Korsich, MD Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-1
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      James Rindt, MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School
      PGY-1
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      Stephenie Poris, MD Florida State University COM
      Chief Resident
      PGY-5
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      Fatima Sadiq, MD Aga Khan University Medical College
      Chief Resident
      PGY-5
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      Noeline Rajarajan, M.B, B.S. St. Bartholomews and the Royal London SOM
      PGY-4
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      Rebecca Rowen, MD Ross University SOM
      PGY-4
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      Georg Wiese, MD University of Washington SOM
      PGY-4
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      Michael Gregg, MD, University of South Florida COM
      PGY-3
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      Jonah White, MD, Tulane SOM
      PGY-3
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      Joseph Reza, MD University of California San Franciso SOM
      PGY-2
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      Evan Westrick, MD Indiana University SOM
      PGY-2
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      Damian Korsich, MD Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-1
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      James Rindt, MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School
      PGY-1

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule
  • Night Float 2 Blocks
  • General Surgery 4 Blocks
  • Surgical Oncology 3 Blocks
  • Pediatric Surgery 1 Block
  • Vascular Surgery 1 Block
  • Transplant Surgery 1 Block
  • Night Float 2 Blocks
  • General Surgery 3 Blocks
  • Surgical Oncology 3 Blocks
  • Transplant Surgery 1 Block
  • Trauma Surgery 2 Block
  • Caradiac ICU 1 Block
  • General Surgery 3 Block
  • Night Float 2 Blocks
  • Pediatric Surgery 2 Blocks
  • Vascular Surgery 2 Blocks
  • Critical Care - OH 1 Block
  • Gastroenterology - Kashi 1 Block
  • Plastics 1 Block
  • General Surgery 3 Blocks
  • Trauma Surgery 3 Blocks
  • Colorectal 1 Block
  • Surgical Oncology 1 Block
  • Pediatric Surgery 1 Block
  • Thoracic- B 1 Block
  • Elective 1 Block
  • Selective - In House 1 Block
  • General Surgery 4 Blocks
  • Surgical Oncology 2 Blocks
  • Pediatric Surgery 1 Block
  • Colorectal 1 Block
  • Vascular Surgery 2 Blocks
  • Head and Neck 1 Block
  • Private 1 Block

The curriculum is structured around the six ACGME Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Professionalism, and System Based Practice. The philosophy of patient care by the residency program and Florida Hospital focuses on Whole Person Care and is emphasized in all of our patient interactions. Rotations in the five-year program are geared toward progressive learning and skill acquisition. Resident performance is evaulated through the ACGME educational milestones as described by RRC-S.

Outpatient Experience

Residents will see patients in the office of the full time core faculty at the Center of Specialized Surgery. Patient records are maintained in electronic medical record (EMR). This provides seamless integration of care and communication with the other doctors in the Medical Education Department. Additionally, records are accessible 24/7 from inside and outside the hospital.

Electronic Medical Record System

The resident will become facile with the hospital medical record system, I-Extend, a Cerner©, Athena for outpatient product designed for Florida Hospital. Electronic Medical Record systems have streamlined the patient care process, improved community-wide healthcare and strengthened the patient-provider relationship by making medical information available quickly. I-Extend replaced the traditional paper charts and free users from the hassles associated with incomplete or missing information, thereby improving standards of care.

Research

In this highly competitive environment we live in, where new techniques, technologies, and scientific projects are constantly being developed, we strongly believe at Florida Hospital that general surgery trainees should have the opportunity to acquire skills in experimental study design and execution. Whether this involves basic research, leading clinical trials, or outcomes projects, we have the tools and experience to provide the foundation for robust scientific inquiry and scholary activity. With our ultimate goal being the training of the next generation of leaders in surgery, we provide our general surgery residents with the resources necessary to:

  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature
  • Design and execute experimental studies under the supervision of a mentor
  • Present at local, regional, national, or international scientific meetings
  • Write research manuscripts for publication

In order to achieve these goals, we meet on a regular basis to discuss new projects and ideas and to assess the status of the ongoing research. Please take time to navigate through these pages where some of the completed projects and ongoing research done by the current residents are shown.

Sebastian G. de la Fuente, MD

Director of Research, Florida Hospital Surgery Program

Ongoing projects:
  • Pancreatic Cystic Lesions Registry
  • Costs of Open vs Laparoscopic RFA in patients
  • Financial Implication of Common Bile Duct Injuries
  • Incidence of Pancreatic Lesions over Time
  • Discharge Patterns of Patients that Underwent Esophagogastrectomy
  • Evolution of Laparoscopic Colectomies Over Time
  • Peripheral Blood K-Ras Analysis as a Molecular Biomarker of Cancer Risk and Relapse
  • Rectal Cancer Course of Treatment
  • Pancreatic Extraosseous Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Gait Speed as an Incremental Predictor of Mortality and Major Morbidity
  • Registry for Endoscopic Procedure Outcomes
  • Postoperative imaging following pancreatic resection
  • Regionalization of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment within the State of Florida
  • Patient Perspective on Pancreatic Surgery Complications and Outcomes
  • Assessing Implications in Regionalization of Complex Cancer Care in Distances Patients Travel
  • Pancreatoscopy for identification of intra-pancreatic lesions during surgery
  • Early effect of sleep deprivation after surgery

Eligibility

What You'll Need

Medical students interested in applying for categorical residency training in general surgery should be familiar with the following policy regarding recruitment, eligibility and selection. Our goal is to recruit and train physicians committed to excellence in General Surgery, who will promote, practice, and respect the mission of Florida Hospital in providing compassionate whole person care. Recruitment is through ERAS and our program participates in the NRMP selection process. We provide pertinent program summaries through Florida Hospital's Graduate Medical Education website. Florida Hospital GME offers clinical clerkships to medical students from affiliated medical schools and other accredited medical schools on a case by case basis.

  1. Medical School
    1. LCME (Liason Committee of Medical Education) and AOA graduates:
      1. Eligible for Doctor of Medicine diploma without reservations
      2. Dean's Letter
      3. Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
      4. Successfully passed USMLE I and USMLE II (United States Medical Licensing Examination) at first attempt.
        1. Transcript directly from the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards)
      5. Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
      6. Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
      7. Proof of Citizenship or resident alien status as required by Florida Hospital Human Resources
    2. ERAS Application
        1. Completed application through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), through the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges), and participation in the NRMP (National Resident Match Program) match.
          1. Online application
          2. Personal statement
          3. CV
          4. Transcript
          5. Dean's letter
          6. Three letters of recommendation by surgeons
          7. USMLE scores, Part I and II (USMLE required)
          8. Photograph
          9. ERAS Application Deadline: November 1 (All applications must be received by November 1st. No new application will be considered after the deadline)

      Sample Resident Agreement

      Eligibility & Selection Policy

  1. Reasons for Ineligibility
    1. Applicant fails to meet eligibility criteria.
    2. Applicant does not demonstrate sufficient commitment to the specialty of General Surgery, included but not limited to:
      1. No advanced-level electives during medical school
      2. No letters of support from surgeons
    3. Quality of interaction during preliminary contact with staff suggests incompatibility with the mission and values of Florida Hospital
    4. Quality of personal statement (content, typographical and grammatical errors), including no obvious commitment to General Surgery
    5. Limited verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Non-eligible candidates may not be offered an interview or accepted into Florida Hospital Graduate Medical Education residencies (see exception in #IX).
  3. Applicants must have successfully participated in formal clinical training, medical school, residency training, or full-time clinical practice within the last 24 months (from date of application to the residency program).
  4. A personal interview at the Florida Hospital General Surgery program is required for applicants who wish to be considered for a residency position. The interview process is conducted as follows:
    1. The applicant reports to the first meeting location at 7:00 AM.
    2. The applicant is interviewed by: The Program Director, select General Surgery faculty, subspecialty preceptors and select current residents.
    3. The applicant tours Florida Hospital facilities, General Surgery Department, and has lunch with a group of our residents.
  5. Each interview completes an evaluation form which includes four areas:
    1. Presentation
    2. Attitude/Maturity/Motivation
    3. Educational Background
    4. Ability to function as a house officer and team-player
  6. The files are reviewed and screened by the selection committee, program director and residency coordinator. The following criteria are utilized:
    1. Personal statement
    2. Transcript score
    3. Dean's Letter
    4. USMLE scores
    5. Letters of recommendation
    6. Input from resident interaction with applicant
  7. The program director may permit the waiver of one or more of these requirements under special circumstances.
  8. All applicants who have been interviewed will be reviewed for ranking by the selection committee made up of faculty and resident leaders in February with the resident rank list taken into account.
  9. The Program Director will finalize the rank order list for submission to the NRMP. The Match list is at the discretion of the Program Director and is confidential.

Benefits

We’ll Take Care of You

CME Allowance:

First-year residents receive $300 for books, software and conferences. (The department currently has a grant that allows us to supplement the cost of surgical loupes for each intern).

Second-year residents receive a five-day leave (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) to attend conferences and expenses reimbursed up to $1000.

Third-year residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) and expenses reimbursed up to $1000.

Fourth-year residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) amd expenses reimbursed up to $1000.

Fifth-year residents receive a five-day leave to attend conferences (included in the total 20 days off policy per the American Board of Surgery) and expenses reimbursed up to $2300.

 

Professional Fees:

Florida State Medical License and DEA license fees. The cost of certification classes such as ACLS are covered as necessary for meeting program requirements.

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

Application Process

Join Our Resident Team

To apply to our program, your application must be submitted through ERAS by November 1st to be eligible for consideration. (See Eligibility section for details.) While the applicant may be interviewed with only USMLE step I scores, consideration for ranking is based on both steps I and II. All programs at Florida Hospital participate in the match through the National Resident Match Program.

ERAS Application

Directions

  • From the airport
    Take the North Exit Take 528 West (Toll $2.25) Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Tampa area:
    Take 1-4 East to Orlando Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn right on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
  • From the Daytona area:
    Take I-4 West to Tampa Take the Princeton Exit (#85) Turn left on Princeton St Turn left on North Orange Ave Take the 2nd right onto East Rollins St
Once on Princeton:
Make a left at Orange

For hospital parking garage entrance, turn right at King Street

Maria Cepero

General Surgery Residency Coordinator

407-303-7203407-303-7323 2501 N. Orange Avenue Suite 235 Orlando, FL 32804