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For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Email Tracy Sylver

How to apply

  • ACGME: 401100212
  • NRMP: 1587040A0

How to Apply

Welcome from our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our program! The Anesthesiology Residency Program is committed to training physicians in the science and practice of anesthesia and perioperative medicine.

In this context, we will train our colleagues in delivering evidence-based, high quality medical care in which unwarranted variation is extinguished, and in which patient and family satisfaction is optimized. Excellence, collegiality, compassion and integrity in patient care are the core tenets of our program education.

We envision the residency program as a safe, positive and inspiring clinical environment to improve health outcomes and better serve our community.


Nelson Algarra, MS, MD - program director

  • ACGME: 401100212
  • NRMP: 1587040A0

Program overview

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine (UCF COM)/HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium Anesthesiology Residency program at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital is an ACGME-accredited program and closely follows the standards set forth by the ACGME and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). The three years of our program (PGY2/CA1, PGY3/CA2, PGY4/CA3) are intended for physicians who have successfully completed a clinical base training PGY1 year.

Our program's primary aim is to assist our residents in becoming accomplished professional clinicians and consultants in anesthesiology who meet the requirements to become board-certified by the ABA and who are proficient to practice in anesthesiology in either academic or private practice settings.

We achieve that aim through both formal teachings via lectures, conferences, simulation and small groups as well as daily clinical teaching and experience.

Although the focus of the clinical anesthesia years is predominantly clinical anesthesia training, we encourage interest and participation in ongoing hospital and university-based research and quality improvement initiatives.


Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident and fellow physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Our Program Director and staff

Our team is comprised of skilled experts with deep experience and knowledge from which residents and fellows can benefit.

Nelson N Algarra MS, MD

Program Director

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Program details

Our residents are valued members of an interdisciplinary team delivering anesthesia care to patients across all sites and are appreciated for their efforts. As such, UCF COM/HCA Healthcare GME Consortium encourages and strives to foster collegiality, encourage discussion, presentation of ideas and involvement in quality improvement and patient safety hospital initiatives. The anesthesiology program provides residents with supervised progression to more complex and demanding cases with increasing independence in decision-making and performance.

Experience in such a wide variety of patient and case complexities is met by incorporating rotations across multiple sites including West Marion Community Hospital, a more rural, acute hospital within the Ocala Health Systems; HCA Florida Osceola Hospital which does a high-volume of obstetric anesthesiology service; and Nemours Children's Hospital of Orlando, which will provide a robust pediatric anesthesia experience for our learners.

Centers of excellence are the new paradigm for care and the multisite approach training will provide our residents with an exceptional educational and mentorship experience. Collectively, our sites feature a Level II Trauma Center, a pediatric hospital, two women’s centers, two cardiothoracic centers and three different intensive care units (ICUs) for trauma, surgical and cardiac care.

Our sites will provide training and education in every area: trauma, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, neuroanesthesia, regional anesthesia, perioperative ultrasound, critical care and pain management.

Among our faculty are anesthesiologists trained at top-notch academic institutions with a variety of expertise, fellowship training and research interests.

Conference Schedule

First month orientation

  • Lectures: During the course of the first two weeks, residents will have introductory lectures covering topics in anesthesia such as room setup and machine check, preoperative encounter, induction and intubation, patient positioning, common medications and emergency. Additional lectures will cover topics regarding resident wellness, research principles and evidence-based medicine.
  • Simulation: During the course of the first two weeks, residents will have simulation sessions covering topics such as the anesthesia machine and room setup, preoperative encounter, induction and intubation, intraoperative event management, emergency and recovery.
  • Clinical experience: Residents will work one on one with the attending, assuming more and more responsibility throughout orientation.
  • OSCE assessment: At the end of orientation, residents will complete a simulation-based OSCE assessment.
  • Didactics:
    • Written and applied exam preparation
    • Mock oral
    • Mock OSCE
    • Simulation sessions
    • Conference series
    • Grand rounds
    • Department/Quality Assurance meeting
    • Journal Club
    • Case presentation
  • Research: The research model is based on a “Public Health” approach, focusing holistically on admission, procedure and post-procedure care and will be supported by the wealth of resources of the HCA Healthcare system. Both inpatient areas and clinics place an emphasis on outcomes-related research.


The following salaries are for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and may differ from future years' salaries.

  • PGY2/CA1: $61,395
  • PGY3/CA2: $63,204
  • PGY4/CA3: $65,388


Vacation leave

  • PGY2 and above: four weeks per academic year

More than two continuous weeks of vacation must be pre-approved by the program director

Sick leave

  • Residents will accumulate 10 days of sick leave over each academic year

Educational leave

  • Available pending program director approval
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage for both residents and family
  • Disability policy will be provided along with the option to purchase additional coverage
  • Residents are automatically enrolled in a life insurance policy that offers a basic life benefit of $25,000
  • Professional liability insurance is provided


  • 401 (a) FICA Alternative Plan

Additional resources

  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS training and certification
  • AccessAnesthesiology, McGraw Hill's subscription for online texts and Q-Banks
  • TrueLearn Q-Bank and assigned quizzes for ITE, ABA Basic and ABA Advanced preparation
  • Anesthesia Pass Machine for ABA Basic and ABA Advanced preparation
  • University of Central Florida’s state-of-the-art library; physical and online access
  • HCA’s medical/clinical library
  • The Anesthesia Toolbox subscription
  • UpToDate access
  • Laptop computer to access electronic health records and library resources from the hospital or home
  • iPhone with unlimited service for daily email access and work contact
  • Lab coats
  • On-call meal stipend provided