Program aims

Our program provides residents with a superb education, a broad spectrum of subspecialty experiences, and an extensive foundation to care for patients in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Over the course of our three-year program, residents actively participate in a comprehensive curriculum, which is designed to enhance academic, clinical, and professional skills. Our dedicated faculty will provide our residents with medical knowledge, clinical judgement, professionalism, and the interpersonal skills necessary for a successful career in medicine. Our teaching and learning methodologies emphasize experiential and active learning, leadership, teamwork, and one-on-one mentorship. Residents are also encouraged to take ownership of their patient's care in the inpatient, and outpatient setting under attending supervision.

Our program has a supportive atmosphere to foster professional and intellectual development. The interns and residents will be assigned an attending physician as a faculty mentor throughout their three years. Other subspecialties faculty are always available for fellowship mentoring in order to reach your fellowship aspirations. The residents have the ability to work closely with faculty members while taking ownership of their patients in order to provide exemplary care to the patients. There are multiple leadership opportunities, including third-year chief residents.

Inpatient

At Ocala Regional Medical Center, there are four general medicine teaching services: Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. Each team is comprised of an attending, one PGY-2 or PGY-3 resident, two interns, and one medical student. There is no overnight call on any of the inpatient ward services. Each general medicine team is capped at a total of 18 patients with an individual intern cap of ten. If a team has reached its admission's cap or its team cap of 18, overflow patients will be admitted to the Hospitalist Service. All residents are given one in seven days off averaged over four weeks. This vigorous system is in place in order for residents to remain fully compliant with all ACGME work-hour regulations.

Sub-specialty teams

At Ocala Regional Medical Center, we have a wide range of specialties available. Each rotation, the resident will interact and learn from these experts in their respective sub-specialty fields. There is no overnight call on sub-specialties. These elective rotations also strictly follow the ACGME work hour regulations as do the inpatient service. Specialties that are offered are pulmonology/critical care, cardiology, emergency medicine, nephrology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, neurology, rheumatology, dermatology, radiology, palliative care, primary care, geriatrics and anesthesiology.

Outpatient clinic

We provide outstanding ambulatory education to our residents through our partnership with The Heart of Florida Health Center in Ocala, which has had exponential growth over the past few years. Our residents provide care to their panel of patients under the supervision of experienced faculty. Interns will have a half-day during their inpatient and subspecialty rotations. Second- and third-year residents will be at the clinic once a week during their subspecialty rotations.

Night float

The night float team is comprised of a senior resident with interns. The night shift is a 12-hour shift and the main purpose of the night float team is to provide coverage for the inpatient medicine day team. The intern on night team is responsible for providing cross coverage on all the residency patients on the inpatient service. During nights, the resident team will be responsible for responding to rapid responses for patients of the GME inpatient teams as well as, stroke alerts, and code blues for all patients in the hospital.

Intensive care unit

The MICU is a 24-bed unit that is staffed by a critical care attending, senior resident, and interns. Each shift is a 12-hour shift from 7 AM to 7 PM. MICU rounds follow the multidisciplinary approach, which includes participation of pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists, and nursing staff that are assigned to each patient. Residents may also have the opportunity to rotate at West Marion Community Hospital ICU. The MICU team are also responsible for responding to rapid responses and code blues on all patients throughout the hospital.