A Day in the Life of a UF Resident
It is September 1st and I am officially 2 months and 1 week into my three years of Family Medicine residency training. So far so good! One of the many things that attracted me to this program was the month long orientation. That’s right! The entire month of July was technically orientation. Each day we had a different schedule with introductory lectures and training sessions so when we did start our “official rotations” in July, the transition was a little easier. Some of the most difficult things so far for me were remembering to introduce myself as “Dr. Kramer” opposed to “Medical Student.”
My first month was what most Family Medicine Interns dread, Surgery. Unlike my medical school surgery experiences, the hours were great and I was not only the first assist on every case, but I was also the main surgeon for any case not requiring general anesthesia. The rotation was at the VA Hospital in Lake City, which was a 50-minute drive from Gainesville (I finished three audiobooks during this rotation thanks to the drive!). To help the residents out, the VA provides a car and pays for the gas. Luckily, the rest of your rotations during first year will be conveniently located within 10 minutes of each other in Gainesville.
So far, I have started most days early, tapping the snooze button once or twice before doubling up on K-Cups to fill my travel mug and heading to the hospital or clinic. During this specific rotation, I saw about 6patients a day. I honed my skills with skin excisions (not to brag, but during this rotation I got pretty good at it) and learned how to do a number of procedures that used local anesthetic (which can be donein the clinic) as a surgeon would (which came to the differences in suture choice and technique to minimize scars).
With this rotation, I was up by 5am and home by 5pm, which allows plenty of time for a great work-life balance. Evenings are dedicated to making dinner and hanging out with my girlfriend and our dog, finishing up patient notes and reading over articles. It’s good to note that, even though some rotations are busier and require longer hours, the location of UF allows for quick mini-vacations to a ton of great places.
My month went by very fast and I enjoyed every minute of it and learned so much about preoperative tests, indications for specific surgeries, and different insights about the physical exam from a surgeon’s perspective that I will never forget. For those of you visiting our website, I’m hoping my average day summary entices you to learn more about our program and what we have to offer here at UF.
– David Kramer, c/o 2017
As second year residents, we become more skilled as clinicians, further diving into the complexities of family medicine. As we gain more experience in our outpatient Family Medicine Center, we start to hone and refine the skills that we learned during our intern year. Additionally, the role of senior resident is bestowed upon us; with this responsibility, we become integrally involved in supervising our new colleagues as they develop skills in patient management. As a senior, I cherish the additional time to enhance our core knowledge through reading and advanced decision-making.
A typical day in our Family Medicine Center starts around 8am with a variety of patients and a diverse range of pathologies. Our clinic exposes us to patients of all ages, from newborn to the end-of-life; this has proven to be one of the most rewarding and enlightening aspects of our training. Staffing each patient with faculty is a functional model that empowers our educational process. Supervisors and faculty in our program continue to work tirelessly for our education and this is exemplified on a daily basis. There is a predominant emphasis on being a member of a strong team, from accessible faculty to helpful nursing and administrative staff. Our clinic also provides exposure to a variety of treatment modalities.
The afternoon is usually associated with travelling to specialist clinics. Our year is individually customized to allow diverse opportunities, allowing us to expand our understanding of medicine within the areas that most interest us. On every rotation, we become core members of the team, thereby facilitating our grasp of the important aspects of their specialty. Exposure to a variety of clinical training sites offers further insight into the management of complex patients. With more elective time, we can tailor our second year to ensure experiences in each of these settings, allowing for a wide breadth of clinical exposure.
There are additionally many opportunities for scholarly pursuits. It is crucial to continue the educational process within our residency program. Being a part of a large academic community exposes us to cutting edge research at the University of Florida. Supervisors in our program are always available to pursue publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Apart from work, Gainesville has proven to be an area rich in cultural activities. With more time as second year residents, we also have a chance to catch one of the many Gator athletic events including Football, Basketball or Baseball, or try our hand at some of the moonlighting opportunities with the hospitalist service.
Our program has recruited an amazingly diverse group of fun, energetic and smart residents. I continue to grow and learn from them daily. I feel incredibly fortunate to call myself a member of this team, many of whom have become some of my best friends. Our accessible faculty are excited to teach, and a supportive administration makes our working environment extremely comfortable. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here and am excited to see what the rest of residency holds.
– Keiran Shute, c/o 2016
“Time flies,” the old addage goes. Indeed, that is exactly what has happened throughout my medical training. Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that I received an acceptance letter to medical school, and yet 6+ years later I look back and wonder. As I work through my last year of residency, I have to admit, it’s a great feeling. Self-reflection highlights how far I’ve grown, in terms of my medical knowledge, clinical skills and my ability to communicate with colleagues and patients alike. That being said, the entire experience has left me humbled by the fact that I will never learn enough, and that I will always have room to improve. At the University of Florida, I have had a wonderful experience. Our clientele, mainly consisting of the underserved, has created a learning environment that is never short of action. The attendings have provided a diverse pool of knowledge and skill sets that have allowed each individual resident to fluorish in a way that best suits their future aspirations. The nursing and ancillary staff, both inpatient and outpatient, have showed us through example how to treat others with compassion, patience and empathy. The recruitment process, of which the residents are an integral part, ultimately leads to interns that seamlessly fit in, year in and year out. The program continues to get better on a day-to-day basis, as the leaders within engage in a continual process of re-evaluation and improvement. Family Medicine at UF is special, and I have been honored and fortunate enough to have had this experience. The Florida sun, lush landscape, fervent sports culture, tasty food and youthful energy of Gainesville has provided a perfect backdrop for my life as a resident. Alas, I will miss it.
B. Timothy Kodsi, MD – c/o 2015
Community Health and Family Medicine
University of Florida, College of Medicine
Overall my experience at UF Shands was comprehensive! Residency is what you make out of it. You can take the easy path of meeting requirements or you can benefit the richness of academics and hands on experience from sports medicine to gynecology to procedures of all types, that I found every day of Family Medicine residency at UF. A unique trait to UF Family medicine was the ability to focus on different areas of interest. In my experience, I chose women and children. I had the privilege to get extra training in OB and women’s health and fertility and have focused on that in my practice. Third year provides the experience of running the inpatient team and managing a group of residents on the ward while making medical decisions accurately. The greater outpatient load in third year, which is very similar to my outpatient private practice made the transition to the real world easier.
– Maryam Phillips, c/o 2013 – OB Area of Concentration