Residents & Fellows Forum
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Welcome to the Residents & Fellows Forum
Dear U.S. and International Plastic Surgery Residents,
Welcome to ASPS, to the Resident and Fellows Forum and to exploring the countless opportunities that await YOU within our society.
As your resident representative, I don't see a better way to stimulate change than by getting involved and representing trainee interests nationally and internationally through the ASPS.
All residents from all backgrounds and nationalities are welcome and encouraged to engage and become active in important societal activities such as international exchange, advocacy, education, diversity and inclusion, research, health policy, technology and so on.
Consider applying for ASPS resident membership, serving on ASPS committees and connecting with the Residents Council. Make sure to enjoy your membership benefits including educational materials, access to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the chance to attend and network with/learn from the best in the field at Plastic Surgery The Meeting.
I would encourage all of you to become part of our ASPS resident family and embrace this valuable chance for professional and personal growth.
This is our chance to make a change, let's do it together!
Megan Fracol, MD
Resident Representative to the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors
(Reach out anytime to learn how to get involved)
New Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Jacksonville is launching a new integrated plastic surgery residency program. They will be going through the match next year and have their first resident starting in July 2023. Brian Rinker, MD, will serve as the program director and Jennifer McCarthy will serve as the program coordinator.
Dr. Fracol's Bio
Megan Fracol, MD, is a chief resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry with highest distinction at the University of Kansas and graduated AOA from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She will be a fellow in reconstructive microsurgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center this year. She plans to pursue a career in academic plastic surgery with a focus on microsurgery and general reconstruction.
Her research interests have centered on protective breast cancer-related immune responses. In medical school, she worked on a HER-2 targeted breast cancer vaccine and compared T cell responses to HER-3 between healthy women and those with breast cancer. In residency, she expanded upon this work by demonstrating that women with cosmetic breast implants have elevated humoral immunity to common breast cancer related proteins, possibly due to the foreign body response. This work has been supported by research funding from the Plastic Surgery Foundation.
Dr. Fracol has served on the Plastic Surgery Education Network Hand and Peripheral Nerve Subcommittee. She has also served as an anatomy teaching assistant for Northwestern Medical School. She enjoys teaching and is passionate about surgical education. She looks forward to serving as the Resident Representative for the Resident Council this year and working with residents from programs around the U.S. and world.