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Our mission

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a community-based academic learning environment whose mission is to educate and train exceptional physicians in the discipline of medicine.

Our philosophy and curriculum incorporate a team approach and encourage progressive levels of independent decision-making in order to prepare residents for fellowship training and medical practice.

Our collaborative relationship with physician practices and hospital clinical services ensures an ideal learning environment for professional practice and medical education.

Our program

Our residency program is sponsored by the University of Central Florida / HCA GME Consortium. The central educational hub of the consortium is University of Central Florida College of Medicine (UCF COM) in Lake Nona, the site of Orlando's blossoming Medical City. The Gainesville branch of our consortium residency training program currently includes internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care, and transitional year. Residents in our Gainesville branch are employed by UCF and receive all the same benefits and services as other UCF COM residents. We are dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the community we serve. Alachua County has a population of over 260,000 with 14% of our population over 65 y/o and 18% of our population under 18 y/o. Our racial mix is 21 % Black or African America, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 6% Asian, and the rest White, Two or More, and Other.

Training at the Gainesville branch is entirely at or around North Florida Regional Medical Center. NFRMC is a 432-bed hospital, full-service medical and surgical acute care center serving North Central Florida and offering comprehensive cardiovascular care, oncology, orthopedics, neurosciences, minimally-invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, weight loss surgery and treatment, senior care, women's health and wound therapy, among other services. A proven leader, NFRMC is fully accredited, is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Quality Top Performer by The Joint Commission, is an accredited Chest Pain Center, is designated as a Blue Distinction (tm) Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery and Bariatric Surgery, and earned a position in Truven Health's Top 100 Hospitals in 2017. North Florida Regional Medical Center is a member of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HCA is the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, a company comprised of locally managed facilities that includes about 185 hospitals and 1,800 site of care located in 21 states and the United Kingdom. HCA hosts over 200 residency and fellowship programs with more than 3,000 trainees.

Training and education

The Internal Medicine Residency Program provides comprehensive and balanced educational training to prepare residents for careers in ambulatory primary care, hospital medicine, traditional internal medicine, fellowship training, and board certification.

Our program recognizes the importance of training caring individuals who can practice their specialty while displaying knowledge the humanistic qualities that come with being an internal medicine physician.

We teach and incorporate basic science while making sure each resident understands the pathophysiology of disease. Residents will work with our physician team leadership analyzing and assimilating clinical data and applying evidence-based literature to determine the proper course of treatment for patients.

One of the goals of our GME Program is to impart future physicians the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide exceptional care in Internal Medicine. Residents will graduate with a clear understanding of the natural history of disease, the ability to select diagnostic tests appropriately and knowledge of best practices in providing cost-effective, evidence-based treatment.

Curriculum schedule and rotations

Our Internal Medicine Program is dedicated to providing the support and resources needed to become an exceptional physician.

We focus not only on the clinical exposure to your specialty but on the unique opportunities for personal and professional development that's built on a strong core of medical knowledge.

Our residents and faculty focus on 12 Curricular Initiatives:

  1. Comprehensive and integrated core curriculum given in dedicated weekly learning blocks
  2. Supervised clinical training in an academic, community-based medical center
  3. Monthly evidence-based medicine conference (debate style), journal club, and M&M conference
  4. Weekly HCA Grand Rounds or Senior Resident Guideline / Innovation Talks
  5. Biweekly general medicine and subspecialty morning report
  6. Structured research curriculum led by our dedicated GME Office of Research
  7. Chief resident / master clinician bedside teaching rounds
  8. Excellence in medicine professionalism enhancement training
  9. Faculty-led board review (MKSAP, MedStudy, UWorld)
  10. Bimonthly resident wellbeing with our dedicated program psychologist
  11. Monthly resident business meetings for empowering resident-led change
  12. Regular simulation lab training on procedures and emergency situations

The program has adopted a 4+1 teaching block model design. Residents will spend four weeks of each block rotating with an inpatient service, emergency medicine, ICU/critical care, or an elective. During the one week of the five-week block, residents will rotate in ambulatory clinic seeing patients in the outpatient setting in the morning and/or afternoon. Residents will receive patient assignments and follow these patients in the outpatient setting through their three years of training.

During the first two years of training, residents learn the fundamentals in diagnosing disease and the appropriate selection of diagnostic studies. Rotations through subspecialties occur throughout your training with up to 17 weeks during your third year. With few exceptions, all rotations occur at North Florida Regional Medical Center or surrounding subspecialty practices.

Evaluation on each rotation is based on the defined curriculum, which includes medical knowledge and professional interactions with patients, peers, faculty and staff. The curriculum follows the framework detailed in the ACGME internal medicine milestones and core competencies. In addition to regular 360-degree summative evaluations, we employ OSCEs (simulated clinical experiences), mini-CEXs (structured evaluation of clinical skills), clinical quality performance data and oral exams in our evaluation of residents. The inclusion of many objective assessments ensures evaluation uniformity. Evaluation in our residency program empowers you with an individualized learning path to advance your career as a physician. Each resident is assigned an academic mentor who meets regularly to discuss evaluations, program requirements and career plans.

Inpatient rotations

Inpatient rotations will provide the opportunity for exposure to a broad spectrum of disease in an environment emphasizing integrated healthcare delivery.

Residents will benefit from a schedule and training program that provides immediate feedback from instructors and with a better understanding of the complexity of care in an inpatient setting.

Inpatient rotation schedule

  • Continuity Clinic and Ambulatory Sub-Specialty Clinic (9 weeks)
  • Subspecialty Rotations (11 weeks)
  • 2-3 weeks of Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Psychiatry
  • Hospital Wards (21 weeks; including 4 weeks of Night Float)
  • Critical Care (7 weeks)
  • Vacation (3 weeks)
  • Procedural Skills Rotation (1 week)
  • Continuity Clinic and Ambulatory Sub-Specialty Clinic (10 weeks)
  • Subspecialty Rotations/Electives (13 weeks)
  • 2-4 weeks each of Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Pulmonary, Sleep, PM&R, Orthopedics, GYN, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Allergy/ENT, Hospitalist Medicine
  • Hospital Wards (8 weeks)
  • Critical Care (9 weeks)
  • Night Float (4 weeks)
  • Admitting Officer on Duty (AOD) (3 weeks)
  • Bridge (2 weeks)
  • Vacation (4 weeks)
  • Procedural Skills (1 week)
  • Continuity Clinic and Ambulatory Sub-Specialty Clinic (10 weeks)
  • Elective (17 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Hospital Wards (6 weeks)
  • Bridge (2 weeks)
  • Critical Care (6 weeks)
  • Night Float (3 weeks)
  • Procedural Skills (1 weeks)
  • Vacation (4 weeks)

Continuity clinic

We have developed a rigorous primary care academic curriculum designed to teach topics emphasizing the most cost-effective, evidence-based, patient-centered approach. As of 2019, we moved our continuity clinic into a gorgeous new 20-room, multimedia-enhanced clinic designed from ground up with resident training in mind. Our faculty, residents, and community partners work hand-in-hand to enhance the health of our community.

Our goal is to train competent physicians proficient in diagnosing and managing diseases and to provide health maintenance in an office-based adult medicine practice. Structured weekly conferences will mirror the core curriculum with a focus on medical conditions seen predominately in the outpatient setting. Other topic areas will emphasize preoperative medical management, screening, immunizations, identifying risk factors for disease and preventative health care.

Internal medicine program leadership

Christopher Bray, MD, PhD
Program Director
Internal Medicine GME

Veronica Stehouwer
Program Coordinator

(352) 333-5980

Email Veronica Stehouwer