Sarah A. Eidelson, MD, along with a co-resident from the University of Florida, placed first nationally at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Skills Competition that took place in San Diego, CA. Dr. Eidelson is a fourth-year resident in the general surgery program, administrated and supported by Jackson Health System in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

It was Dr. Eidelson’s first time competing at the national level for ACS, which brings together more than 17,000 individuals in attendance and eight teams, including representation from the University of Southern California and Virginia Tech. The two-hour competition consisted of six different stations with various challenging surgical, clinical scenarios for the residents to prove their expertise.

“ACS is an amazing conference with residents and surgeons from all over the country,” said Dr. Eidelson. “I was very proud to represent Jackson. There’s nothing better than making your mentors proud and the people who taught you how to operate.” 

Dr. Eidelson completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami and attended medical school at the University of Miami. She is currently finishing her Master’s in public health along with a post-doctoral research fellowship specializing in trauma, critical care and burns at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“Part of the reason I chose Jackson for my residency is because I know how strong of an operative experience I could get,” said Dr. Eidelson. “That allowed me to feel comfortable in a competitive surgical environment.”

Dr. Eidelson received a plaque that she was able to share with her teammates at Jackson and her mentors including Omaida C. Velazquez, MD, FACS, chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

 “The last challenge was laparoscopic Pictionary – not an easy task,” said Dr. Velazquez. “Hopefully, Miami can return to defend the title next year!”

The residents at Jackson have a reputation for a unique academic and day-to-day exposure that enhances their experience in many ways.

“It’s been very humbling and rewarding,” said Dr. Eidelson. “This just made me more excited to return to the operating room.”