Training & Education

The General Surgery Program at Ocala Health is a 5 year ACGME accredited residency program. The primary site for training is Ocala Regional Medical Center, one of the top centers among HCA. 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 to 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, TX.

Annie Benzie, MD, General Surgery Chief Resident

Annie Benzie, MD one of our graduated General Surgery Chief Residents completed her 20th and 21st robotic surgery cases on Wednesday, July 31,2019. As a result, she has earned her certificate in robotic surgery. Dr. Benzie is the first General Surgery resident in Ocala, Gainesville, and Jacksonville to earn this certificate. Through our residency program, Dr. Ang's support, and Dr. Benzie's hard work and determination, Dr. Benzie is a certified Robotic surgeon now. Dr. Benzie is a representation of the future of medicine being created at Ocala Health. Congratulations to Dr. Benzie and the Graduate Medical Education team! She is now pursuing her fellowship at University of Texas at Memorial for Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Program Benefits/Highlights/Strengths

What makes our program unique is that 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 day surgical residency training program should adapt to these changes in order to provide the best learning opportunities to train tomorrow’s surgeon.


The General Surgery Residency Program is an ACGME accredited program.