Emergency Medicine Residency

Emergency Medicine Residency

About the Program

Message from Program Director

The three-year Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Florida Hospital was accredited in 2007 and offers six categorical positions that began July of 2008. The residency includes research and the use of cutting edge technology, aligning our program with Florida Hospital's mission of being a global pacesetter in health care.

Our program is affiliated with University of Central Florida and University of South Florida medical schools. The majority of training will take place at the Florida Hospital East Orlando campus, which is located on the east side of metropolitan Orlando. Florida Hospital East Orlando provides emergency services to the fast-growing suburban communities in this locale, and is the closest emergency department to Orlando International Airport. The Emergency Department is the busiest of all our campuses, with a current census of over 74,000 annually.

Our core faculty represents numerous prestigious academic institutions, and have participated at regional, national, and international meetings. The academic component of training is emphasized by a regular schedule of conferences with mandatory attendance. Continuity of care is an integral part of residency training at Florida Hospital, and residents are expected to follow up on interesting/complicated patients whom they see in the Emergency Department. Residents are able to easily track their patients' hospital courses and review discharge summaries, operative reports, and autopsy reports electronically. Progress in the program is monitored by evaluations for each rotation, as well as annual participation in the Emergency Medicine In-Service examination. Residents are expected to participate in research and mentoring of medical students. Participation in medical missions is also encouraged.

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Dale S. Birenbaum, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Academic Chairman, Program Director

We are excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with you at our newly accredited residency program, and look forward to receiving your application. Our main focus is to provide highly trained Emergency Medicine physicians, who are both evidence-based and compassionate.

Applications to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program will be through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We expect to begin interviewing in November through January. Please complete your ERAS materials for our review, and if selected for an interview, we will contact you.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in the near future.

Respectfully,
Dale S. Birenbaum MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Academic Chairman, Program Director, Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency

Faculty

of Florida Hospital Medical Education

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    Katia Lugo, MD
    Clerkship Director
    Dr. Katia Lugo is a faculty member of the Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She attended the Universidad Autonoma de Guardalajara, and graduated from New York Medical College in 2003. Dr. Lugo completed her residency at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Emergency Medicine Residency Program in 2006. She is now a clinical assistant professor for Florida State University and a volunteer faculty member for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
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    Carmen J Martinez Martinez, MD, FACEP FAAEM
    Clinical Faculty
    Dr. Carmen Martinez is a faculty member of the Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She attended medical school at the Universidad Central Del Caribe, graduating in 2007. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, going on to specialize in pediatric emergency medicine with a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center – Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Martinez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
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    Caroline Molins, MD, FAAEM
    Curriculum Director
    Dr. Caroline Molins is currently a member of clinical faculty for Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She did her residency at the University of Puerto Rico Emergency Medicine Residency Program from 2007 through 2010. Dr. Molins graduated from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in 2007.
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    Timothy Spruill, Ed.D
    Associate Director for Behavioral Sciences, Research & Quality Initiatives
    Timothy Spruill, EdD Associate Director for Behavioral Sciences, Research & Quality Initiatives Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry Timothy Spruill earned an M.A. (Counseling Psycology) from George Mason University in 1977. After four years teaching undergraduate psychology, he worked in a psychiatric hospital, while pursuing his EdD in counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University. Following three years as a rehabilitation psychologist, he became an associate professor in counseling psychology at Andrews University. In 1998, Timothy Spruill accepted his current position as behavioral medicine faculty at Florida Hospital. He joined the FH Medical Staff in 2001 as a consultant to the ED for suicidal patients, and has evaluated over 3,000 patients since. Current research activities involve characteristics of exemplary ER physicians and intimate partner violence screening in the ED. He oversees the behavioral science curriculum for the residency and actively sees patients for counseling at the Center for Family Care and the Emergency Department for acute mental health evaluations. His clinical expertise is in acute intervention psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback among other techniques. He leads research efforts for the residency and facilitates the Quality improvement and scholarly activity curriculum. In his free time, he enjoys football, spending time with his wife and children and reading.
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    Dale S. Birenbaum, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
    Academic Chairman, Program Director
    Dr. Birenbaum received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1989. After serving as chief resident of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, Dr. Birenbaum remained at Jefferson as faculty until 1997. He then became the director of emergency medicine education for Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Dr. Birenbaum joined Florida Emergency Physicians as the Academic Director in 2000, and became the program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency program in 2005, which received ACGME accreditation in 2007. Dr. Birenbaum was appointed Academic Chairman in January 2007. He is the founder and Program Director of Florida Emergency Physicians Symposium on Emergency Medicine, now in its 8th year and one of the State's most successful programs. He served as the assistant medical director of the emergency department at Florida Hospital South Orlando, was the Orange County EMS liaison and a board member of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. Together with the worked with the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute, he helped develop the first Stroke Team in Central Florida, which became a designated Stroke Center in January of 2005. Dr. Birenbaum lives with his family in Southwest Orlando, and is committed to excellence in emergency medicine education.
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    Steve Nazario, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
    Associate Program Director
    Most recently the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year, Dr. Nazario has interests in trauma resuscitation, ultrasound utilization and toxicology. Since the inception of the emergency medicine residency, he has functioned as its Associate Program Director. In addition, Dr. Nazario has served as the hospital's Physician-Chair of the Bio-Ethics Committee since December 2006. Prior to arriving at Florida Hospital, he served at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York from 1997 through 2003, where his focus was on the residency didactic curriculum and hyperbarics.
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    Ademola Adewale, MD, FAAEM
    Assistant Program Director, Director of Research and Similation
    Dr. Ademola Adewale is the assistant program director, research director and director of simulation for the Emergency Medicine Residency. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC in 2000. Dr. Adewale completed his three-year emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as Chief Resident from 2002-2003. Dr. Adewale has been with Florida Emergency Physicians since 2003, and has special interests in research, medical ethics and trauma and injury prevention.
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      Katia Lugo, MD
      Clerkship Director

      Dr. Katia Lugo is a faculty member of the Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She attended the Universidad Autonoma de Guardalajara, and graduated from New York Medical College in 2003. Dr. Lugo completed her residency at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Emergency Medicine Residency Program in 2006. She is now a clinical assistant professor for Florida State University and a volunteer faculty member for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

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      Carmen J Martinez Martinez, MD, FACEP FAAEM
      Clinical Faculty

      Dr. Carmen Martinez is a faculty member of the Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She attended medical school at the Universidad Central Del Caribe, graduating in 2007. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, going on to specialize in pediatric emergency medicine with a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center – Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Martinez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

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      Caroline Molins, MD, FAAEM
      Curriculum Director

      Dr. Caroline Molins is currently a member of clinical faculty for Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She did her residency at the University of Puerto Rico Emergency Medicine Residency Program from 2007 through 2010. Dr. Molins graduated from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in 2007.

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      Timothy Spruill, Ed.D
      Associate Director for Behavioral Sciences, Research & Quality Initiatives

      Timothy Spruill, EdD
      Associate Director for Behavioral Sciences, Research & Quality Initiatives
      Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry

      Timothy Spruill earned an M.A. (Counseling Psycology) from George Mason University in 1977. After four years teaching undergraduate psychology, he worked in a psychiatric hospital, while pursuing his EdD in counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University. Following three years as a rehabilitation psychologist, he became an associate professor in counseling psychology at Andrews University. In 1998, Timothy Spruill accepted his current position as behavioral medicine faculty at Florida Hospital. He joined the FH Medical Staff in 2001 as a consultant to the ED for suicidal patients, and has evaluated over 3,000 patients since. Current research activities involve characteristics of exemplary ER physicians and intimate partner violence screening in the ED.

      He oversees the behavioral science curriculum for the residency and actively sees patients for counseling at the Center for Family Care and the Emergency Department for acute mental health evaluations. His clinical expertise is in acute intervention psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback among other techniques. He leads research efforts for the residency and facilitates the Quality improvement and scholarly activity curriculum. In his free time, he enjoys football, spending time with his wife and children and reading.

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      Dale S. Birenbaum, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
      Academic Chairman, Program Director

      Dr. Birenbaum received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1989. After serving as chief resident of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, Dr. Birenbaum remained at Jefferson as faculty until 1997. He then became the director of emergency medicine education for Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Dr. Birenbaum joined Florida Emergency Physicians as the Academic Director in 2000, and became the program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency program in 2005, which received ACGME accreditation in 2007.

      Dr. Birenbaum was appointed Academic Chairman in January 2007. He is the founder and Program Director of Florida Emergency Physicians Symposium on Emergency Medicine, now in its 8th year and one of the State's most successful programs. He served as the assistant medical director of the emergency department at Florida Hospital South Orlando, was the Orange County EMS liaison and a board member of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. Together with the worked with the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute, he helped develop the first Stroke Team in Central Florida, which became a designated Stroke Center in January of 2005. Dr. Birenbaum lives with his family in Southwest Orlando, and is committed to excellence in emergency medicine education.

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      Steve Nazario, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
      Associate Program Director

      Most recently the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year, Dr. Nazario has interests in trauma resuscitation, ultrasound utilization and toxicology. Since the inception of the emergency medicine residency, he has functioned as its Associate Program Director. In addition, Dr. Nazario has served as the hospital's Physician-Chair of the Bio-Ethics Committee since December 2006. Prior to arriving at Florida Hospital, he served at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York from 1997 through 2003, where his focus was on the residency didactic curriculum and hyperbarics.

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      Ademola Adewale, MD, FAAEM
      Assistant Program Director, Director of Research and Similation

      Dr. Ademola Adewale is the assistant program director, research director and director of simulation for the Emergency Medicine Residency. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC in 2000. Dr. Adewale completed his three-year emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as Chief Resident from 2002-2003. Dr. Adewale has been with Florida Emergency Physicians since 2003, and has special interests in research, medical ethics and trauma and injury prevention.

Residents

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      Kenneth Frye, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Chief Resident
      PGY-3
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      Katie Laun, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Chief Resident
      PGY-3
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      Casey Arnold, MD; USF Health Morsani COM
      PGY-3
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      Andrew Gibson, MD; East Tennessee State Uni. James H. Quillen COM
      PGY-3
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      Elijah Kennedy, MD; East Tennessee State Uni. James H. Quillen COM
      PGY-3
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      Brian McMaster, DO; William Carey Uni College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Ryan Peterfy, DO; Edward Via COM
      PGY-3
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      Shannon Armistead, DO; West Virginia SOM
      PGY-2
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      Ashley Gregory, MD; Tulane Uni. SOM
      PGY-2
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      Elizabeth Kim, MD; Loma Linda Uni. SOM
      PGY-2
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      Ambar Marin Lopez, MD; Ponce SOM
      PGY-2
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      Bradley Parrish, DO; Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Mohammad Ramadan, DO; Uni Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Yasmany Cartaya, MD; University of Cincinnati COM
      PGY-1
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      Misty Coello, MD; Florida International University
      PGY-1
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      Elizabeth Janevski, MD; Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-1
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      Thomas Lawyer, MD; University of Utah SOM
      PGY-1
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      Samuel Muniz, MD; Florida State University COM
      PGY-1
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      Jon Risovas, MD; Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-1
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      Kenneth Frye, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Chief Resident
      PGY-3
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      Katie Laun, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Chief Resident
      PGY-3
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      Casey Arnold, MD; USF Health Morsani COM
      PGY-3
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      Andrew Gibson, MD; East Tennessee State Uni. James H. Quillen COM
      PGY-3
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      Elijah Kennedy, MD; East Tennessee State Uni. James H. Quillen COM
      PGY-3
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      Brian McMaster, DO; William Carey Uni College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-3
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      Ryan Peterfy, DO; Edward Via COM
      PGY-3
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      Shannon Armistead, DO; West Virginia SOM
      PGY-2
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      Ashley Gregory, MD; Tulane Uni. SOM
      PGY-2
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      Elizabeth Kim, MD; Loma Linda Uni. SOM
      PGY-2
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      Ambar Marin Lopez, MD; Ponce SOM
      PGY-2
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      Bradley Parrish, DO; Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Mohammad Ramadan, DO; Uni Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
      PGY-2
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      Yasmany Cartaya, MD; University of Cincinnati COM
      PGY-1
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      Misty Coello, MD; Florida International University
      PGY-1
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      Elizabeth Janevski, MD; Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-1
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      Thomas Lawyer, MD; University of Utah SOM
      PGY-1
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      Samuel Muniz, MD; Florida State University COM
      PGY-1
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      Jon Risovas, MD; Loma Linda University SOM
      PGY-1

Curriculum

Rotation Schedule
  • Emergency Medicine 7 blocks
  • Anesthesia/US 1 block
  • Medical ICU 1 block
  • Internal Medicine 1 block
  • OB/GYN 1 block
  • Trauma 1 block
  • Emergency Medical Services 0.5 block
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine 0.5 block
  • Emergency Medicine 8 blocks
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine 1 block
  • Pediatric ICU 1 block
  • Neonatal ICU 1 block
  • Trauma ICU 1 block
  • Orthopedic Trauma 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine 9 blocks
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine 1 block
  • Elective 1 block
  • Trauma 1 block
  • Administration 1 block
Longitudinal Throughout Training
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Emergency Ultrasound
  • Research
  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Informatics
  • Toxicology
  • Patient Safety and Quality
  • Simulation

While the emergency medicine aspects of specialty fields are learned in the emergency department, short blocks of additional training add depth to the emergency physician’s training. We are committed to a quality program, and each rotation has been carefully selected to offer the maximal educational benefit to our residents.

Journal Club

Keeping up to date with the current emergency medicine literature is vital for the practice of excellent emergency medicine. There is a bi-monthly journal club attended by the residents, faculty, and rotating medical students. This is usually held outside the hospital in a relaxed atmosphere, and evidence-based medicine skills are used to critically appraise the current literature.

Emergency Medicine Clerkship 

Click Here to visit our clerkship website to learn more about rotation experiences with the Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. 

"Our trauma rotation is one of the highlights of this program. We spend four weeks every year at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Polk County, which is a Level II Trauma Center. It is the busiest Emergency Department in the State of Florida. In this rotation, we get the opportunity to play a leading role in the resuscitation and management of many patients at Trauma bay. We continue managing the most critical ones at the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. As the only Residents in this team, we perform numerous invasive procedures and learn critical care skills that give us the confidence to manage critical trauma patients on our own patients after completing our training.”

Jorge Insignares, MD, Class of 2014

Research

Eligibility

What You'll Need

  1. Medical School
    1. LCME (Liaison Committee of Medical Education) graduates.
      1. Doctor of Medicine diploma without reservations
      2. Dean’s Letter
      3. Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
      4. Successfully passed USMLE I and II (United States Medical Licensing Examination) at first attempt with a score of 200 (80)
      5. Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
      6. Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
      7. Proof of citizenship or resident alien status as required by Florida Hospital Human Resources
    2. AOA Graduates
      1. Doctor of Osteopathy diploma without reservation
      2. Dean’s Letter
      3. Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
      4. Successfully passed COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examinations) I and II at first attempt with a minimum score of 500 (80)
      5. Transcript directly from the NBOME (National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners)
      6. Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
      7. Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
      8. Proof of citizenship or resident alien status as required by Florida Hospital Human Resources
  1. International Medical Graduates (IMG’s):
    1. Doctor of Medicine diploma (or equivalent) without reservation (translation to English by certified translator and notarized if necessary)
    2. Successfully passed USMLE at first attempt (see above I.A.d.)
    3. Current and valid ECFMG (Education Council of Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate
    4. Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
    5. Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
    6. Proof of citizenship or resident alien status as required by Florida Hospital Human Resources

"The thing I enjoy most about our EM program is the fact that it is small! The size of our group affords unparalleled personal attention from the staff. Our encouraging, family-like environment nourishes compassion and promotes our growth not only as physicians, but also as people."Carlos Velasco, MD

Sample Resident Agreement

Eligibility & Selection Policy

Benefits

We’ll Take Care of You

Salary and CME Allowance:

PGY-1 - Salary $51,500 plus $500 continuing education alowance per academic year

PGY-2 - Salary $53,000 plus $800 continuing education per academic year

PGY-3 - Salary $55,000 plus $1,300 continuing education allowance per academic year

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

"What I like most about Florida Hospital are the people. Our patient population is diverse in background and acuity. Our residents and staff are supportive and encourage a positive learning environment. I know the relationships I have made here will last a very long time." Andy Colburn MD, Class of 2015

Application Process

Join Our Resident Team

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). The deadline for completed application is December 1st. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants who meet all eligibility requirements will be granted an interview. Interviews are held from November through late January.

ERAS Application

Directions

  • From the airport:
    Head South on Semoran Blvd (State Road 436) Turn right onto Lake Underhill Rd
  • From the Tampa area:
    Take I-4 East to Orlando Take 408 East Exit (#82A) (Toll Road $1.25) Take Goldenrod Rd Exit (#16) Turn right onto Goldenrod Rd Turn left onto Lake Underhill Rd
  • From the Daytona area:
    Take I-4 West to Tampa Take 408 East Exit (#82A) (Toll Road $1.25) Take Goldenrod Rd Exit (#16) Turn right onto Goldenrod Rd Turn left onto Lake Underhill Rd

Suzette Persaud

Residency Coordinator

407-303-6413407-303-6414 7727 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32822