Ocala Regional Medical Center

Ocala Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a 222-bed medical center and a verified Level II Trauma Center that will serve as a primary teaching site for this program. Dr. Abusaada and affiliated faculty will oversee all resident rotations, electives, and research at ORMC. The program has all of the required medical specialties as well as support services to make teaching and learning at this site ideal. The community has a diverse patient population, which will allow residents to gain clinical experience necessary to practice independently as future clinicians.

West Marion Community Hospital

West Marion Community Hospital is a 138-bed sister hospital to the program’s primary training location ORMC. West Marion Community Hospital opened in 2002 to meet the healthcare needs of the growing population of West Marion County featuring all private rooms and offers a full-service Emergency Department and Quick Care, as well as Marion County’s only inpatient Joint Care Center. The residents have the ability to rotate here for their ICU rotation, ER rotation, and some sub-specialty rotations.

Curriculum structure

Inpatient 6 months Inpatient 3 months Inpatient 2 months
ICU 1 month ICU 6 weeks ICU 6 weeks
Night Float 1 month Night Float 1 month Night Float 1 month
Electives 3 months Emergency 2 weeks Emergency 2 weeks
Research 2 weeks Electives 6 months Electives 7 months
Vacation 3 weeks Vacation 4 weeks Vacation 4 weeks


During case conference presentations, interns are expected to present an interesting or unusual medical case. The purpose of this conference is to discuss and review historical, physical, diagnostic data points which provides a forum to discuss the diagnostic reasoning and management of a particular case. At other times it may be used for Morbidity/Mortality, Grand Rounds, Journal Club, simulation lab and lectures on a variety of medical topics. Different specialties attend and give didactic lectures about core topics of Internal Medicine. Occasionally blocks of MKSAP will be completed and reviewed as a group during the conference. All residents are expected to attend conference.

Research/Quality Improvement

All resident are expected to participate in research and quality improvement projects. The program provides a robust environment of inquiry supported by research fellow onsite, biostatisticians and date analysts, and experienced faculty. Our residents are continuously engaging in research and quality improvement projects, with our most recent year having 24 abstracts accepted to be presented at regional and national meetings and two publications.