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For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Email Bernadette Golden

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  • ERAS: 2201100082
  • NRMP: 1587220C2

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Welcome from our Program Director

The HCA Florida West Hospital Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is a unique blend of academic excellence in a community setting. We are part of the HCA Healthcare/University of Central Florida GME consortium located in beautiful northwest Florida.

Our small but in-depth obstetrics and gynecology residency is small by choice. We provide individual instruction that ensures a wide array of experience that allows residents to develop their expertise in obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic subspecialties.

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Program overview

  • Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Medical school affiliation: University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine
  • Program type: community-based

Our interdisciplinary approach to learning fosters excellent opportunities for professional growth, committed mentorship and clinical research. Alongside dedicated attending physicians and enthusiastic colleagues, residents strive for excellence in their training and provide high-quality healthcare in patient-centered environments and community-oriented service.

Residents learn to develop their expertise and prepare for hospitalist or private practice careers in obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology, family planning and maternal-fetal medicine.


Curriculum and rotation schedule

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.

Julie Zemaitis DeCesare, MD

Program Director

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Program details

Grand rounds

Grand rounds with CME take place with internal and external speakers presenting relevant OB-related topics.

Morbidity and mortality conferences

The residents present cases with unexpected or unusual outcomes with the intent to avoid future adverse outcomes and improve the quality of patient care.

Resident case presentations

Core OBGYN topics will be assigned ahead of time with flipped classroom-style interactive learning. These sessions will be proctored by the faculty physicians.

ACOG publication reviews

Reviews such as committee opinions will be reviewed in a journal club fashion.

Simulation training

The simulation center is located on campus easily accessible to residents.

Journal club and mock orals

Journal club and mock orals will occur monthly. Journal clubs are an established academic exercise in the residency training curriculum to obtain critical appraisal skills, update knowledge on current literature and enhance proficiency in clinical practice.

Training and research

Our residency program is planning to have a state-of-the-art simulation lab to support growth in both obstetrical as well as gynecological skills. Our residency training includes formal education and simulation to supplement learning, as well as an environment for one-on-one education and training.

Curriculum and instruction regarding research theory and design are threaded into the core curriculum and research mentoring is provided. Residents will have the opportunity to design and implement a scholarly project with supportive faculty guiding and mentoring their pursuits. Data analysis and statistical support are provided at the HCA Healthcare/UCF consortium level and a research fellow will be dedicated to HCA Florida West Hospital to facilitate these projects.

In addition, we provide education on quality improvement science and support for scholarly projects in quality improvement. Each resident will have the opportunity to participate in a quality improvement project with the intention of improving clinical outcomes and care.


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

  • PGY1: $59,627
  • PGY2: $61,395
  • PGY3: $63,204
  • PGY4: $65,388

Mission statement

The HCA Florida West Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology 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.

Frequently asked questions about our Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

You can find answers to the most common questions about our program below.

We received initial accreditation from the ACGME on April 15th, 2020. We are a four-year program offering three categorical positions per year.

You should choose our residency as we offer a diverse mix of high- and low-risk obstetrics, as well as general and complex gynecology. Graduates will be capable prepared to provide care to women across the lifespan.

Yes, an ECFMG certificate must be provided before the start of residency.

J-1 applicants will be considered.

Osteopathic medical graduates are considered with passing COMLEX scores. Applicants do not need to take the USMLE in addition to the COMLEX.

Typically, we would like to see candidates with a minimum score of 220. Candidates must have passed all exams on their first attempt to be offered an interview.

Resident benefits go into effect on July 1st. Please go to UCF Benefits for more specifics.

Once we have a full complement of residents, we will have a fully implemented night float schedule. Night float will be from Sunday through Thursday, with the remaining shifts shared throughout the pool of residents.

Mastery of robotic surgery is an essential skill for a residency graduate, and you will achieve this at our program. Experience in robotic surgery training and education is threaded throughout the program.

Experience in robotics surgery will start on the gynecology rotations at the PGY1 level. Advanced skills are learned during the urogynecology and gynecologic oncology rotations. Robotic education is further supported in the state-of-the-art simulation lab. Skill labs will be incorporated into resident didactics, supported by an online self-study curriculum.

There will be a continuity clinic that is made up of a resident's patients, who are a part of a residency practice. Each resident will have the opportunity to develop a panel of patients that they will keep throughout their training.

At our program, many of your faculty are experts in operative vaginal deliveries, including forceps. You will have many opportunities to learn this skill.

GME Director, Michelle Stevenson, Email

Program Director, Dr. Julie DeCesare, Email

Program Coordinator, Bernadette Golden Email

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