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For more information, please call (352) 401-1425 or email our Program Coordinator, Linda White.

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How to apply

  • ACGME ID: 4401100442
  • Categorial NRMP: 1587440CO
  • Preliminary NRMP: 1587440P0

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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome to the University of Central Florida (UCF) General Surgery Residency Program at Ocala Health. Ocala Regional Medical Center is one of the three main teaching hospitals for the UCF residency programs. At our program, you will find a unique experience that hybridizes a university program that takes place in a community setting with plenty of opportunities to operate, creating the best of both worlds.

Mission Statement

The Ocala Regional Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

The General Surgery Residency Program at Ocala Health is a five-year ACGME accredited residency program.

In our program, we realize that surgical training in the 21st century requires a new paradigm. The traditional model of one medical center providing adequate training of every single surgical discipline is far and few in between.

Instead, today’s medical care has become more fragmented and specialized. Centers of Excellence are the new paradigm for care for specific disease states and patient populations. Thus, the modern surgical residency training program should adapt to these changes in order to provide the best learning opportunities to train tomorrow’s surgeon.

This program's goal is to develop and train competent, compassionate and safe surgeons who will provide excellent care for all their patients and will serve as role models and leaders in the field of surgery. By fostering a culture of hard work, personal responsibility, respect for human life, this program will strive to create a learning environment that creates clinical excellence, leading research, and a model for patient safety.

We aim to

  • produce safe surgeons
  • provide a wide breadth of surgical cases and large operative volume to build clinical competence
  • promote patient safety by incorporating process improvement and quality initiatives within the resident curriculum
  • provide surgical mentorship through committed faculty
  • produce meaningful clinical research to advance the field of surgery

The success of our mentorship will be measured by our willingness to have ourselves or our loved ones care for by our graduates. The success of the program will be measured by the career outcomes and the number of lives improved by our graduates.

The primary site for training is Ocala Regional Medical Center, one of the top centers among HCA Healthcare institutions. For elective general surgery, residents will rotate with one of the busiest community-based general surgical practices in Florida at North Florida Regional Medical Center.

For hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, residents will have the opportunity to train with one of the prolific pancreatic surgeons in the United States at Florida Hospital in Tampa. For pediatric surgery, residents will train at All Children’s Hospital, a Johns Hopkins institution that provides “world-class” care in pediatrics. For transplant surgery, residents will train at a nationally recognized center, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas.

Get to Know the Team

Darwin Ang, MD, PhD, MPH
Program Director

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Curriculum & Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Conference Schedule


  • Case Review
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Core Lectures in Surgery
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Basic Science

Additional didactic sessions may include process improvement, combined conferences with other specialists (pathology, radiology pulmonology, gastroenterology, neonatology, ICU, etc).

A multidisciplinary tumor board is held each month for one hour and the residents are encouraged to attend.


Opportunities for clinical research exist at the institutional, regional, and national levels. The resident will have access to a wide variety of datasets for large-scale retrospective studies. The resident will also have opportunities to participate in prospective clinical studies and ongoing multicenter randomized studies.

Residents will be paired with mentors and there are research electives available.

All residents are expected to produce a research product worthy of peer-reviewed publication and/or presentation at a national conference.

Salary & Benefits Information


Position Salary
PGY1 $55,267
PGY2 $56,819
PGY3 $58,587
PGY4 $60,668
PGY5 $63,204

These amounts are subject to taxation.


  • Vacation leave: PGY-1 residents will accrue vacation leave at the rate of 3 weeks (5 working days plus weekend) per academic year. PGY-2 and higher residents will accrue vacation leave at the rate of 4 weeks (5 working days plus weekend) per academic year.
  • Sick leave: Residents will accumulate 10 days of sick leave over each academic year.
  • Educational Leave: Will be available but must be pre-approved by Program Director.


  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage for both resident and family
  • A disability policy will be provided along with the option to purchase additional coverage.
  • Residents are automatically enrolled in a life insurance policy that offers a basic life benefit of $25,000.
  • Professional Liability Insurance is provided.


401(a) FICA Alternative Plan

Other Benefits

  • SCORE and TrueLearn membership
  • BLS/ACLS/ATLS training and certification provided by the hospital at no charge
  • Laptop computer to access Electronic Medical Record and library from hospital or home
  • Lab coats (2)


4 categorical and 4 preliminary
Yes, food is provided at Ocala Regional Medical Center at the cafeteria and at the resident lounge.
When you are rotating in Tampa, Gainesville, and Texas, housing will be provided.
Your main rotation will be general/trauma surgery at Ocala Health, with day shift hours starting from 6:00am to 5:00pm.
When you are in Ocala, you will take call twice a month, approximately every other weekend.
Yes, we have a duel module da Vinci Robot as well as a sim lab with a da Vinci robot to practice on.
Yes, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30am - 8:30am protected time. Wednesdays at 6:30am will begin with Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Grand Rounds. Thursday is basic science lecture.
Yes. Ocala Regional Medical Center is one of the 3 main residency teaching hospitals at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The other two are North Florida Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. As a resident here, you will be staff/employed by UCF.
Last year, we had 3 residents score above the 90th percentile.
We have one of the largest multi-institutional databases from HCA Healthcare with dedicated statisticians from HCA Healthcare as well as our own in-house statisticians. There is IRB support from UCF as well as HCA Healthcare.
Yes; we have UCF medical students who rotate on general surgery and trauma.
Yes. We have a resident wellness room as well as resident wellness retreats.

Abdelrahman Attili, MD, Fellowship at Miami Cancer Institute for Advanced Hepatobiliary

Annie Laurie Benzie, MD, Fellowship at University of Texas at Memorial for Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery

Hamza Durrani, MBBS, Fellowship at Boston University for Surgical Critical Care

Mohamed Nagi, MBBCh, Fellowship at Rush University for Vascular Surgery

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