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Program Information

The Department of Surgical Education at Orlando Health is dedicated to graduate medical education, offering a five-year, ACGME accredited general surgery residency program as well as accredited fellowships in Surgical Critical Care and Colon and Rectal Surgery. 

The residency structure includes six categorical and six preliminary PGY1 positions. There are six categorical residents at each subsequent year. Preliminary candidates are hired for a one-year period.

The program is based at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) not-for-profit, tertiary care teaching facility. Orlando Health ORMC services a diverse patient population and functions as a referral center for surrounding communities. We see and treat a variety of conditions including underserved populations to vacationers from around the country and the world – making this an ideal environment for the education of our resident staff. The majority of surgical training occurs at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. The campus serves as a major referral center for Central Florida and includes a designated Level One Trauma Center with American College of Surgeons (ACS) verification. There were more than 5,000 trauma admissions in 2019.  The campus also includes an Air Care Team helicopter transport service and the Regional Burn Center, which is American Burn Association (ABA) verified. Training is conducted in state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology and diagnostic services. All of this providing a well-rounded, unmatched, educational experience compared to other programs.

In addition, Orlando Health has been designated an Advanced Robotic Surgery Center, made up of leading surgeons in their respective fields who perform minimally invasive surgery at Orlando Health facilities through state-of-the-art robotic technology for improved precision and patient outcomes. Orlando Health offers one of the largest robotic surgery programs in the nation – meeting a wide range of wide range of medical needs including adult and pediatric general surgery, gynecological surgery and weight loss surgery as well as colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, adult and pediatric urologic issues, and more.

Orlando Health has formal affiliations with the University of Florida College of Medicine, Florida State University College of Medicine and Florida Hospital’s general surgery residency program.

Training Locations and Facilities

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $5.6 billion of assets under management. The system spans nine Florida counties with nearly 450 locations that include 13 wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer centers, heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, more than 300 physician offices for adults and pediatrics, and 12urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. In 2018, Orlando Health served approximately 167,000 inpatients, more than 2.7 million outpatients, and more than 20,000 international patients.

Orlando Health is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system with nearly 3,300 beds. The hospitals are: Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center; Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Orlando Health South Lake Hospital; Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital; Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital; Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; and affiliate, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. Areas of clinical excellence are orthopedics, heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric specialties, neonatology and women’s health.

The hospitals include:

  • Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (Main Campus)
  • Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (Main Campus)
  • Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies (Main Campus)
  • Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center (Main Campus)
  • Orlando Health Dr. Phillips Hospital (PGY 1-5)
  • Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital (No resident rotations)
  • Orlando Health South Lake Hospital (PGY 1-5)
  • Orlando Health - Health Central (PGY 1-5)
  • Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital (No resident rotations)

General Surgery Residents spend the majority of their time at ORMC and Arnold Palmer Hospital.  All of the call responsibilities are at the ORMC campus.

Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC)

Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is the primary training location during residency.  ORMC is one of the largest tertiary facilities in the region and offers the most advanced care available for all surgical, medical, rehabilitative and emergency needs served by a highly qualified team of physicians, nurses and clinical staff as well as the very latest in technology and diagnostic imaging capabilities. An 808-bed hospital in downtown Orlando, it is also one of the state’s six major teaching hospitals.  ORMC is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Center, serving 18 counties and caring for adult patients as well as pediatric patients at the neighboring Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.  ORMC is also home to the regions only American Burn Association (ABA) verified Burn Center.

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 156-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children, encompassing a wide range of pediatric subspecialties and is a major referral center for families across Florida. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital is part of the only Level One Trauma Center in the area and was the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatric patients.

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center is a premier cancer treatment facility, providing exceptional cancer care to more than 80,000 patients since it began a little over 20 years ago. As a fully integrated statewide cancer treatment and research program affiliated with UF Health Cancer Center in Gainesville, it boasts a state Cancer Center of Excellence Award. Our residents have the opportunity to participate in the surgical care of patients with hematological and oncological diseases.

Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital

Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital is a full-service medical/surgical facility near the tourism corridor of Orlando, serving visitors from around the world as well as residents of southwest Orange County. The hospital provides a complete continuum of care to patients across multiple specialties including one of Orlando Health’s busiest ERs.

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital has been serving South Lake County for over 70 years.  Located on a 160-acre health, wellness and education campus, Orlando Health South Lake has 170 beds and offers a variety of medical services including diagnostic imaging, orthopedics, robotic surgery, urology and cardiac care among others. The Centre for Women’s Health offers complete care for women from maternity to maturity. South Lake Hospital is also home to the National Training Center, which provides total body fitness, advanced rehabilitative services and athletic training. 

Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital

Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital is a 440,000 square-foot 253-bed comprehensive community hospital serving West Orange County, with expertise in cardiovascular care, stroke care, orthopedic and spine care, and a strong robotic surgery program. Their recently renovated ER tripled in size to 60 patient rooms and their new patient tower added 40 beds to accommodate the growing population of the West Oran6e area.

Orlando Health Level One Trauma Center

The Trauma Center contains state-of-the-art operating rooms, intensive care units and an emergency department. Call rooms and resident offices are also located in this building. While on duty, all meals are provided free of charge via meal card. Almost all ancillary work is handled by hospital employees.  An attending radiologist is "in-house" on a 24-hour basis, providing immediate consultation for trauma and surgical emergencies. There are 6 trauma bay beds with 3 bays able to convert to operative suites.

Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU)

The STICU at ORMC is a 16-bed multi-specialty surgical unit that is staffed to accommodate the demands of a Level One Trauma Center. There are approximately 2,500 ICU admissions/year, with approximately 50-60 percent of these being trauma patients. The remaining 50 percent of admissions are divided among general surgery, vascular surgery and surgical subspecialties.

The unit is staffed with two fellows, one or two residents in General Surgery, and one or two Emergency Medicine residents. There are also medical and physician assistant students assigned to the service. Call is taken by all members of the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Service and averages five to six calls per month for each member.

Neurosciences, Medical Intensive Care Units

The SCC service is also actively involved in the care of patients in two other intensive care units. The Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) is a 16-bed unit that specializes in the care of the brain-injured trauma patient as well as the postoperative neurosurgical patient. The unit provides continuous EEG monitoring as well as the latest in intracranial pressure monitoring technology. The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a 16-bed unit devoted to care of the critically ill medicine patient. It is staffed by both the SCC Service as well as the Critical Care Medicine Service, depending upon the patient's underlying disease process.

Burn Intensive Care Unit and Burn Progressive Care Unit

The Burn Unit at ORMC has both intensive care and regular burn care beds. All critically ill patients in the Burn Intensive Care Unit are managed by the SCC Service and all those in the progressive care unit (PCU) are managed the burn surgery service. The PCU is a 16-bed surgical stepdown unit with ventilator capabilities that acts as a "bridge" for patients who no longer require a high level of critical care but require close observation and monitoring and are not yet sufficiently stable for regular ward care. The SCC service frequently follows surgical patients who have been in the above ICUs after transfer to the PCU to ensure continued recovery from their injuries.