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For more information about our program, please contact Rayna Saint-Jean, our Program Coordinator.

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  • ERAS: 9991100242
  • NRMP: 1587999P2

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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome to our Transitional Year Program at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida! Our program is affiliated with the University of Central Florida School of Medicine in Orlando. Our program faculty strive to recruit a diverse array of applicants who require a Transitional Year internship prior to beginning their secondary specialty program.

Mission Statement

The North Florida Regional Medical Center Transitional Year 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 Transitional Year Residency Program is designed to provide a comprehensive educational experience in an integrated health care delivery system. The residency endorses a team approach to patient care and progressive levels of independent decision-making in order to prepare interns for their future residency program training.

We are ACGME accredited for up to 13 residents per year. Our program will evaluate resident performance based on ACGME’s Transitional Year Milestones. Evaluations will be completed regularly throughout the year.

The program promotes and supports shared responsibility by both residents and attending staff in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment that imparts knowledge and skills in the areas of patient care, research, community service and leadership. The program works collaboratively with physician practices and hospital clinical services.

Our hospital is part of the UCF/HCA Healthcare Consortium. It is a 510-bed facility that specializes in cardiovascular, oncologic, neuroscience, orthopedic, surgical, and women’s health services.

Get to Know the Team

Matthew Calestino, MD
Program Director

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Curriculum and 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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Salary & Benefits Information


Residents in ACGME accredited programs sponsored by the Consortium have many of the same benefits as regular UCF employees. However, there are differences in the retirement plans and the leave policy for residents.

  • Transitional Year: $55,267

The above salary is for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and may differ from future years’ stipends.



  • 15 days paid vacation per year for PGY1 residents
  • 10 days paid sick time per year
  • Up to 5 days continuing education (Conference attendance, residency interviews, board review, etc.)
  • Denial of a specific request for vacation is a leadership decision on the part of the officers of the program and is not considered a grievance

Up to three months may be taken for personal/family emergencies (FMLA). Salaries/benefits are stopped during this time and you may be required to make up this time at the end of your residency.

It is strongly encouraged that residents review the board eligibility requirements for their own specialty. Many boards require 33 months of training. Paid leave (e.g. vacation, sick) cannot be accumulated or carried over from contract year to contract year. It is at the discretion of the program director to require verification from a clinical provider.


The Human Resources website for UCF provides many details of the types of insurance provided to residents.

  • Medical insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Other supplemental policies

Malpractice coverage

Residents are provided with Professional Liability Coverage for $200,000/$1,000,000.

Technology devices

Step 3 Exam

Our program is unique in that we will cover the cost of your Step 3 exam! Residents are encouraged to take it in the first 6 months, as they will also receive a free 6-month subscription to either UWorld or TrueLearn during orientation.

Unfortunately, residents who have already purchased their Step 3 Exam’s prior to our program starting are not eligible for reimbursement of those fees.

Residents will be issued an iPhone and laptop. Items will be returned at the conclusion of the residency.


The cost for training licenses in the state of Florida will be paid by the program. Residents receive a "fee exempt" DEA certificate during their training, which can only be used at training sites.

Life support training

Costs incurred for obtaining required life support trainings (primarily advanced cardiac life support and basic life support), including any required renewals are covered by the program.


Residents may park in any area that is not designated as patient/visitor parking. This includes available spaces with the covered parking structures at the Medical Arts Building and the Main Entrance. Parking is always available in the GME lot, which is a short walk to the hospital.


Residents are provided lunch during most educational activities that occur over the lunch hour. Residents also receive a monthly $100 stipend, referred to as Knight Bites, that they can use within the hospital cafeteria/shops for snacks and meals.


The program will provide one laboratory coats per academic year.

Educational Fund

Each resident in our program is provided a $300 budget for educational purchases (books, conferences, trainings, etc.)

Resident call rooms

The call rooms located in the basement of the Women's Center are dedicated to the use of the residents. There are 11 call rooms and several shower facilities available. There is also a Resident Lounge area with outlets for charging electronics. This is available when not in use for group or individual program activities.

VPN accounts

VPN accounts for home access to our hospital's medical records and library resources.

We are ACGME accredited for up to 13 residents per year.
We have received initial accreditation effective April 13th, 2018.
No – upon completing our transitional year program you will not be eligible for residency in any of our other programs.
The specialties that require a preliminary year are as follows: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Ophthalmology, Osteopathic Neuro-musculoskeletal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Preventive Medicine and Radiation Oncology. The specific requirements for each specialty can be found on the AGME website.
There is no specific requirement but the recruitment committee will take scores into consideration when reviewing applications. Of note, Step 1 and Step 2 need to be passed prior to the submission of the rank order list.
Our program is university sponsored and community based. We are affiliated with the University of Central Florida. Residents will be rotating at North Florida Regional Medical Center, a 510 bed community hospital.
Insurance will be available with a July 1 start date, as long as you pay the first month in advance (prior to residency starting, further details to come). Otherwise, your health insurance benefits will begin on August 1.