Call For Abstracts!

2018 ACMS Research Poster Symposium

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
North Florida Regional Medical Center, South Tower
Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2018

The Alachua County Medical Society (ACMS) is issuing a Call for Scientific Abstracts for the 2018 ACMS Research Poster Symposium.

General Poster Symposium Category: Clinical Case Report

Platform Presentation: The authors of the 50 Abstracts with the highest score in advanced judging will be invited to present their posters at the 2018 ACMS Research Poster Symposium event on Tuesday evening, May 15th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. At the competition, onsite judges will review the posters and select the three highest scoring posters as the winners of the event.
Rules for Submission of Posters:

  • Presenting author(s) must be a resident, fellow or medical student in Alachua County
  • Abstracts must be emailed to no later than March 15, 2018 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Presenting author(s) MUST be able to attend the symposium on Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018
  • Applicants are limited to ONE abstract submission
  • Each author may present ONE poster only

The three highest scoring projects will each receive a $500 scholarship from the ACMS and be automatically accepted into the Florida Medical Association 2018 David Paulus Poster Symposium in Orlando Florida, August 4, 2018. To qualify for prizes: author must upload abstract by March 15th for advance judging AND be available to present the poster on Tuesday, May 15th during the General Poster Competition at NFRMC from 6:00 – 8:00pm. The winners will be announced at the end of the evening on May 15th. All Poster Presenters are invited to attend the General Poster Competition dinner event on May 15th. A formal presentation of the awards will be presented to the top three posters at the May 22nd ACMS Annual Awards Meeting Dinner. The three winners must also submit their posters in E-format for the FMA research poster competition on August 4, 2018 in Orlando.

Advanced judging: Once all abstracts are uploaded by March 15th, a team of judges will review all abstracts based on the following CRITERIA:

  • Project/case report design and methods: Project/clinical vignette is clearly designed; scientific/clinical procedures are appropriate and well organized; Author uses a logical scientific method and appropriate methodology/relevant history, physicals, and complementary studies are included; Presenter exhibits a good understanding of the methods used/case report.
  • Data: Effort has been made to identify all significant variables affecting the experimental results/case report, and those variables not manipulated as part the experimental design have been controlled or there is an organized and logical algorithm of case presentation; Clinical topic is interesting and relevant to scientific knowledge; Data is presented in a clear and understandable manner with an effort to eliminate bias.
  • Discussion/Conclusion: The effect of experimental error was estimated and considered when drawing the discussion/conclusion or the discussion/conclusion are relevant and pertinent to the case; Potential pitfalls and limitations of the project/case have been addressed; The discussion and conclusion use relevant sources to compare and contrast the information that exists in literature; the conclusion is consistent with the date and/or observations/case.
  • Organization/Visual Presentation: Visuals are easy to read and logically organized; Grammar and syntax are correct.

On-site Judging: In addition to the above criteria, poster presenters will be available for questions on the night of the symposium and will be evaluated based on the author’s ability to achieve the following:

  • Explain the project/case report concisely
  • Clarify the relevance of the project/case
  • Answer questions thoroughly

Competition Poster Specifications:
Physical Poster size for NFRMC presentation: 40.97inches x 23.04 inches.

E-Poster formatting Guidelines: (for winners that are selected to present at the FMA meeting)

  • Slide/e-poster size: 40.97 inches by 23.04 inches. Presentation slides should be set to this size, which is a 16:9 ratio at 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels)
  • Save presentation as .pptx to ensure all of your embedded images and videos are included
  • Check all of your hyperlinks to make sure they direct to your desired slide
  • Save all mathematical formulas to images (.jpg, .png) when embedding or uploading your Excel file along with your presentation
  • Embedded videos can only be displayed in the following formats: .mov, .mp4, .m4v and mpeg. Upload the video file with your presentation.

The FMA website has templates for the E-poster, guidelines and technical support:

Content and Ethical Considerations: Posters are intended to convey a scientific result and may not contain advertisements for commercial interests, products or services. Volunteer physician members of the ACMS will make final decisions about eligibility. The ACMS reserves the right to deny any application that, in the opinion of the reviewers, is deemed promotional, commercial or unethical.

ACMS Research Poster Symposium is sponsored by:

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2018 Spring Vendor Show and April Dinner Meeting

Panel Discussion: “The Opioid Epidemic”

Matthew Ryan, MD, – UF Health Emergency Medicine
Rupa Lloyd, JD – Dell/Salter: Attorneys At Law
Circuit Judge Phillip Pena, Eighth Judicial Circuit
Robert Reilly, US Drug Enforcement Agency
Scott A. Teitelbaum, MD, Florida Recovery Center
Moderator: Carl Dragstedt, DO – VAMC Cardiology

1 hr CME Credit

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Hilton UF Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida

6:00 – 7:00 pm Social
7:00 – 8:00 pm CME Presentation and Dinner
Members and Alliance: Free; Guests: $60
RSVP Required by Wednesday, April 12th or 352-376-0715


Dr. Lucio N. Gordan

We are excited to announce that Dr. Lucio N. Gordan is our New Member Highlight this month!

Dr. Lucio Gordan graduated from medical school at the State University of Londrina College of Medicine in Brazil. Following this, he completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Iowa. In 2003, he completed his Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Gordan is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Gordan practices medicine at the Gainesville Cancer Center, serving on the Florida Cancer Specialists Executive Board, American Oncology Network (AON) Executive Board, Florida Association of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) Executive Committee, Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Board of Directors, and is the head of Quality and Medical Informatics at Florida Cancer Specialists. Also, he serves as the Oncology Advisor/Leadership at North Florida Regional Medical Center (HCA), and consults for International Oncology Network (ION), IntrinsiQ in clinical affairs and analytics.

Dr. Gordan has received several grants for research, published articles in peer reviewed journals and, in 2013, he was awarded the prestigious FRIST Award from HCA in recognition of his service in the community and North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Gordan is married and has one child. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, horseback riding, photography and playing tennis. We look forward to his future involvement in the Alachua County Medical Society-welcome!



Dr. Ann Hatfield

Dr. Ann Hatfield is the newest member of the long-established North Florida Women’s Physicians. She graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and then attended Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, where she was Administrative Chief Resident her final year.

Following residency, Dr. Hatfield was instrumental in opening UF’s Generation to Generation Obstetrics & Gynecology Practice in Orange Park, where she was Medical Director and an Assistant Clinical Professor. She guided the practice from a group of three physicians seeing seven patients on their opening day to four physicians and one midwife who delivered nearly half of the obstetrical patients at Orange Park Medical Center.

In 2014, Dr. Hatfield left UF to join NFWP in Gainesville. She is very excited about facilitating the design and construction of the new office building that NFWP will be opening in late 2018. The 21,000 square-foot, 2-story building will have state of the art facilities, including space for in-office surgery and public meeting areas. Additionally, there will be a 3,300 square-foot birthing center on campus that will provide an alternative safe environment for low-risk obstetrical patients to deliver.

Dr. Hatfield has special clinical interests in adolescent gynecology, contraception and minimally invasive surgery. She is Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow in the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her husband is the Associate Director of the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at UF, and they stay busy with their three elementary-school-aged daughters.

Contemporary Medical and Surgical Management of Mitral Disease

1 hr CME Credit

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

By: Charles Klodell, MD, North Florida Heart & Lung Institute and Ilie T. Barb, MD, The Cardiac & Vascular Institute

At: North Florida Regional Medical Center, South Tower Conference Room 6500 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, Florida

6:00 – 7:00 pm Social
7:00 – 8:00 pm CME Presentation and Dinner

Members, Alliance and Guests: No Charge

RSVP Required by January 4th or 352-376-0715

Generously Sponsored by:

November CME Dinner Meeting

Prevention of Medical Errors

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
(2 hr CME Credit)
Speaker: Michelle Bilsky, CHCO, CBA, MLA, LHRM
Vice President of Risk Management, MedMal Direct Insurance Company
At the Plantation Hall Haile Village Center, 5100 SW 91st Terrace, Gainesville, FL

6:00 – 7:00 pm Social Hour
7:00 – 9:00 pm CME Program and Dinner

Members and Alliance: No Charge Guests: $50

RSVP Required by November 9th, 352-376-0715 or 352-376-0715

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine safety systems within health care sources
  2. Identify the most common standard-of-care violations
  3. Define risk management measures designed to reduce medical errors and improve patient outcomes
  4. Explain the necessary elements of a root cause analysis
  5. Describe the effect of medical errors on healthcare
  6. Discuss safety needs of special populations and the importance of public education in reducing errors.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Florida College of Medicine and Alachua County Medical Society. The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CME #: 8334

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Call for ACMS Delegates – 2017!

The Florida Medical Association (FMA) House of Delegates is the legislative and business body of the FMA. Its members are the officers of the FMA, the elected members of the Board of Governors, and the delegates officially elected by the component societies and the FMA Alliance. This year, the House of Delegates is meeting at Universal Studios at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

The House of Delegates sets policy for the FMA by acting on recommendations from the Board of Governors and resolutions presented by component county medical societies such as the Alachua County Medical Society. Delegates elect Officers, Board members and AMA Delegates. Alachua County is entitled to have 27 Delegates representing us this year, the second largest physician representation in the state by county.

Below are a few of the resolutions voted on by the House of Delegates in 2016:

Physician Bill of Rights Unfettered Patient Care FMA-AMA Publication
Itinerant Surgery
Human Trafficking Continuing Medical Education as Alternative to the Current Mandatory
Domestic Violence CME Requirement
Collective Bargaining/Negotiations
Standing Retail Clinics/Clinic Responsibilities and Access to Medical Records
Promoting the Successful Clinical Outcome of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis
Advocacy for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery for Severely Obese Patients Suffering With Type 2 Diabetes
Call for a Moratorium on Maintenance of Certification
Physician Payment for Patient Phone Calls
Ensuring Safety of Student Athletes
De-linkage of Medical Staff Privileges from Hospital Employment Contracts
Licensure and Oversight of Ultrasound Sonographers
Florida Physician Exemption from Jury Duty
Ambulatory Surgical Centers
End the Federal Policy of Imposing Maintenance of Certification Mandates upon Physicians through
Medicare Payment Models, Quality Measures, and Future Alternative Payment Systems
Protecting the Right of Privacy and Access for the Medicare Patient and Preserving
Solo/Small Group Practices
Rescission of MACRA Legislation
Principles for Health Care Reform
Insourcing the Outsourced Health Care Insurance Call Centers

Contact Dr. Carl Dragstedt, ACMS Secretary/Treasurer to sign up ( The commitment includes travel to Orlando for two nights August 4-6, with discounted hotel rates and passes to Universal Studios. You need to be a member of the ACMS and the FMA to participate.

Join us in Orlando as a Delegate for the Alachua County Medical Society and be a part of shaping the future of medicine in the State of Florida.