The Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) meets monthly to represent the interests of all residents and fellows to the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) and other associated committees. Committee members are USF PGY-2 or higher residents or fellows from various specialties. Each RAC member has a set of assigned tasks according to their position. RAC members are provided a stipend for participation.
Contact the Graduate Medical Education office or any of our representatives for additional details.
Krishen Patel, MD, Gastroenterology
Nadia Khalil, MD, Neurology
The co-chairs will divide the responsibility of club leadership among fellow chairs and members and maintain committee structure. They will lead the committee in setting annual goals and keep those goals in mind as the committee progresses throughout the year.
Objectives of the Co-Chair/President
Timothy Juwono, MD, Urology
The immediate past co-chair will assist the co-chairs, as needed to provide continuity from one year to the next. They will assist in setting annual goals for the committee and keep those goals in mind as the committee progresses throughout the year.
Objectives of the Co-Chair/President
Sabrina Khalil, MD, Ophthalmology
The Communications Chair will devote sufficient time to the various details of the committee and be responsible for communications made on behalf of the committee, meeting minutes, and dissemination of information from the committee to the house staff.
Objectives of the Communications Chair
Savan Shah, MD, Hematology Oncology
The administrative chair will be responsible for maintaining RAC presence at GMEC meetings in conjunction with the President/Vice President, ensuring CLER issues are addressed, and facilitate reporting of medical errors by house staff.
Objectives of the Admin Chair
Sonya Bhaskar, MD, Gastroenterology
The research chair will be responsible for maintaining awareness research efforts and opportunities at the various hospitals and maintaining the database of available projects and faculty member contact information.
Objectives of the Research Chair
Ashton Sequeira, MD, Cardiology
The QI chair will be responsible for quality improvement that spans the faculty and house staff.
Objectives of the QI Chair
Steven Aziz, MD, Otolaryngology
Autumn N. Bass, MD, Emergency Medicine
Sahas Narain, MD, Ophthalmology
The social chairs will plan events that foster unity in the program and in the community. This will also align with some of the goals of resident wellness. They will set dates for and select events. They will be liaisons between USF GME and the community. They will be responsible for fundraising for and hosting the events.
Objectives of the Social Chair
Kristina T. Gemayel, DO, Plastic Surgery
The chief resident liaison will be responsible for attending and overseeing chief resident meetings and relaying the information to RAC. Will also be a point of contact for various departmental chiefs throughout the year for program specific issues that arise.
Objectives of the Chief Resident Liaison
Samson Lu, MD, Interventional Radiology Integrated
The technology chair will be responsible for website issues and maintenance. Will help format monthly newsletter. Will be a point of contact for EMR issues. Assist with any website, e-mail, data management, desktop publishing, or other issues that may arise.
Objectives of the Technology Chair
Taylor Tragesser, MD, Pediatrics
The diversity chair will be responsible for attending Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee meetings and communicate ongoing projects with the resident community. The overarching goals for the diversity chair are to improve resident well-being as well as patient care by maintaining a dedication to resident representation of all backgrounds and creating a medical workforce that better reflects the population we serve.
Objectives of the Diversity Chair
Nicholas Mencer, MD, Cardiology
Katherine Reavis, MD, Psychiatry
The wellness chairs will be responsible for working alongside the wellness subcommittee to improve overall resident wellness. They will assist in planning wellness events and help make wellness resources readily available for all residents.
Objectives of the Wellness Chair
2-6 positions available
The engagement track will include 2-6 trainees who will serve to help the various committee members (assigned mentor) accomplish goals and complete projects. On occasion they will be given the opportunity to attend RAC meetings and observe how the RAC runs. They may act as substitutes for any RAC or subcommittee meetings their mentor cannot attend. Participation in this program does not guarantee election to RAC in future years.