In a word, my experience at UF Family Medicine Residency was life-changing. I never thought I could grow so much in three years. As an intern I remember the excitement and fear of responsibility for the well-being of my patients. Every day I learned more and more. The UF program is full of dynamic teachers, residents and students that challenge you to become the best physician you can be. The relationships I made with my co-residents led to lifelong friendships. Since graduation I have reached out to many of them to remember the "good old days" of residency while keeping up with them as professional colleagues. The program taught countless lessons in medicine but even more in the "art" of medicine. Weekly didactics and high-volume patient encounters prepared each of us to easily handle our board exams. The inpatient service is robust and challenging but oftentimes the most rewarding since there is an appropriate balance of resident autonomy and teaching. I found my calling in Sports Medicine and the elective time and rotations allowed me to prepare and match to a competitive fellowship program. In three years, you will find an exponential growth in your medical knowledge base, efficiency, communication and leadership skills. UF Family Medicine is a program ideally suited for residents looking to receive comprehensive training in numerous facets across primary care while challenging themselves to grow into the renowned physician who upholds the standards and skills of UF Family Medicine doctors.
I can’t believe it’s been two years since I finished residency! After graduation I joined a community private practice with one of my co-residents. The initial transition from resident to attending can be daunting, however the training I received at UF has allowed me to easily adapt to my new role. The variety of rotations I was offered at UF gave me the ability and confidence to see a wide variety of patients and diagnoses in my clinic. It is not uncommon for me to complete a pre-participation sports physical in one room, then perform a complex skin procedure or transition of care visit in the next. Despite working solely in an outpatient setting, my inpatient service rotations gave me the skills I need to not only care for sick patients in clinic but to cultivate working relationships with specialists in our community. As a resident your classmates become more like family than coworkers; luckily five of my seven classmates live within 2 hours and we continue our close nit relationships. Whether we moved on to an outpatient practice, fellowship, or hospital-based medicine – the flexibility and opportunities available at UF prepared us all for successful family medicine careers.
When I began this residency, I did not really have the slightest clue what my practice might become after graduation. I had several interests, and was truly able to explore them in my three years. As graduation neared, I felt prepared for just about anything, and explored everything from a hospitalist position to emergency care to private practice full-spectrum primary care. Even though I may have struggled in narrowing choices, I had great comfort in knowing the foundation this training afforded me. In the end, I was able to find a position that took advantage of what I learned those three years (rural practice under the UF umbrella with a portion of my time teaching on the Residency inpatient service at a tertiary care center). Because of the excellent training at the UF Family Residency program this position very quickly bloomed into a leadership position within our Department (medical directorship) and I was even able to take on a busy role in medical education as a Course Director for the College of Medicine. Absolutely no chance for stagnation or boredom! So far, this has been a truly rewarding career that was made possible by this Program, and I feel lucky to have matched here.
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.