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Training and Education

The primary goal of our Family Medicine program is to train fully competent and compassionate family physicians who are prepared to provide quality, comprehensive, and continuous primary medical care to families in our communities.

Family Medicine is not limited by a patient’s age or sex, or by a particular organ system or disease entity. The fulfillment of this goal is influenced by the program’s philosophy that Family Medicine is the cornerstone of medical practice. Being broad in scope and built upon a core of knowledge and skills derived from the traditional medical and surgical models, family medicine combines these traditional models with the behavioral and psychosocial models to develop a discipline that is able to care for the “whole person” and their family. Thus, the program offers a balanced educational experience to satisfy this goal and philosophy.

The curriculum is designed to provide the graduating physician with broad-based knowledge in traditional medical areas, including:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecology
  • General Surgery
  • Psychiatry

This medical knowledge is combined with specialized training in aspects of behavioral health, including:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Dynamics
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Disease Prevention
  • Health Promotion
  • Community Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Behavioral and Psychosocial problem management

The curriculum also strives to develop the skills of the physician leader through the practice management portion of the program and by emphasizing the tenants of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Curriculum Schedule & Rotations

Our Family Medicine Curriculum is designed to prepare residents with the ability to practice the full breadth of Family Medicine upon graduation.

The curriculum is intentionally designed so residents can choose an area of concentration. With 16 weeks of electives and 10 weeks of medicine sub-specialty electives, our residents can be prepared for Hospitalist Practice, Family Medicine OB Practice, or for any Family Medicine fellowship.

Curriculum Schedule

  • Emergency Medicine (4 week block)
  • Family Medicine Inpatient Team (4 week block)
  • General Surgery (8 week block)
  • Gynecology (4 week block)
  • Newborn Hospital Care (4 week block)
  • Obstetrics (4 week block)
  • Orthopedics (4 week block)
  • Pediatric Clinic (4 week block)
  • Pediatric Emergency and Hospital Care (4 week block)
  • Community Medicine and Introduction to Research (4 week block)
  • Psychiatry (4 week block)
  • Cardiology (4 week block)
  • Dermatology (4 week block)
  • Elective (4 week block)
  • Family Medicine Inpatient Team (4 week block)
  • Family Medicine Clinic (4 week block)
  • Inpatient Night Float (4 week block)
  • Intensive Care Unit (4 week block)
  • Neurology (2 week block)
  • Obstetrics (4 week block)
  • Pediatrics Clinic (4 week block)
  • Pediatric Emergency and Hospital Care (4 week block)
  • Procedures Clinic (4 week block)
  • Radiology (2 week block)
  • Sports Medicine (4 week block)
  • Medicine Selective - choice of: Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pulmonology, or Rheumatology (4 weeks, split into 2 or 4 week blocks)
  • Dermatology (4 week block)
  • Electives (12 weeks, split into 2 or 4 week blocks)
  • Emergency Medicine (2 week block)
  • ENT Clinic (2 week block)
  • Family Medicine Clinic (8 weeks, split into 4 week blocks)
  • Family Medicine Inpatient Team (4 week block)
  • Gastroenterology (4 week block)
  • Inpatient Night Float (4 week block)
  • Ophthalmology (2 week block)
  • Radiology (2 week block)
  • Sports Medicine (4 week block)
  • Urology (2 week block)
  • Medicine Selective - choice of: Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pulmonology, or Rheumatology (6 weeks, split into 2 or 4 week blocks)

Continuity Clinic

Our residents are providers at our Palms Medical Group – Gainesville. Each resident has their own panel of patients and are part of a patient-centered medical home. PGY-1 will see their patients 1-2 half days per week throughout internship. PGY-2 will see their patients 2-3 half days per week, and PGY-3 will have continuity clinic four half days per week throughout the year.

Continuous & Comprehensive Care

Continuous and comprehensive care is the essential component of our family medicine residency program.

Our residents are expected to maintain a continuing relationship with a panel of patients throughout the residency experience, assuming responsibility for the total health care of the patient and their families.

In addition to training residents to be family physicians, the program also promotes their full personal development, self-growth, and maturity. This is accomplished by assisting new physicians in fully understanding the importance of balancing their professional responsibilities with their roles in life as a spouse, parent, family member, friend, and community member.

Training Completion & Physician Well-Being

Our goal is to encourage all of our young physicians to develop the skills they need to be an adult learner and educator. Part of our curriculum works to develop a sense of discipline for continuing medical education within each resident through the use of journal clubs and scholarly activities.

As residents progress through their training, they will have increasing responsibility for patient care and for education within the program.

Physician well-being is stressed continuously in our residency program. We attempt to develop an adequate mix of education and service in order to avoid excessive fatigue.

In addition, each resident is assigned a family medicine faculty member who will act as their advisor. This advisor-advisee relationship is designed to provide individual mentorship and instruction as well as ensuring physician well-being through continuous, regular interaction. Residents will have access to an employee-dedicated acute clinic, on-call pastoral services, and a robust network of wellness and counseling services at their disposal.

Leadership & Faculty

Jerry W. Sayre, MD, FAAFP
Program Director
Family Medicine GME

Family Medicine Faculty

Pulkit Arora, MD
Physician/Instructor
Family Medicine GME

Christine Chapman, DO
Physician/Instructor
Family Medicine GME

Handel De Sa, MD
Physician/Instructor
Family Medicine GME

Jennifer Jones, MD
Physician/Instructor
Family Medicine GME

Louis Kuritzky, MD
Physician/Instructor
Family Medicine GME

 

Behavioral Health Faculty

  • Christine Clark, LCSW
  • Courtney Stahl, Psy.D

Current Residents

North Florida Regional Medical Center Welcomes Our Family Medicine Residents

Academic Year 2016-2017

Post Graduate Year Three


Joshua Barzilai, DO

Post Gradute Year Two


E. Mercy Akinsipe, MD


Pritam Brar, MD


Peter Farag, MD


Mehak Gandhi, MD


Priyanka Kapoor, MD


Eddie Murgasen, MD


Nevra Ozdil, MD


Sadaf Tahir, MD

Post Gradute Year One


Richard Arcelao, MD


Alex Barabas, MD


Hans Cancel Villamil, MD


Brian Erickson, MD


Ansley Lorch, MD


Pedro Sanchez Herrera, MD


Kushagra Shrinath, MD


Dominique Thompson, MD