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A Day in the Life of a UF Resident


An Intern’s Memoir

It was the best of times, it was the worst… wait, wrong book. Remember reading “House of God” (and if you haven’t, you should)? The despair, exhaustion, weight gain, and personal regression of the characters in that book… in no way reflect my experiences as a first year. While I was prepared for the worst, I was pleasantly surprised to find my inpatient experience to be something like this:

Go to the hospital around 6:30 to get check out and see my patients, round in the morning with my attending and discuss patient care, and have my notes and orders done usually around noon in time for noon conference. After noon conference (our daily didactic), I go to clinic, stay for long call and admit, or go home for short call. If I am not on long call, I go running/play tennis, finish clinic notes and read on patients, and still have time for private and social life. All in all, its a good balance of responsibility/work/learning, personal time to stay balanced, and (most importantly I find) time for sleep.

- Justin Hunt, c/o 2014



As a second year resident you start the development of a more skilled outpatient clinician by spending a large volume of time in the Family Medicine Center.  A typical day starts around 8am with a full set of patients for morning clinic at the Family Medicine Center including wide ranging issues including Geriatrics to Pediatrics to GYN.  Every clinic offers something new to learn and tremendous variety.

The morning transitions to afternoon with a didactic lecture by a member of our core faculty or one of the many Shands Specialty Faculty from Hematology to Endocrinology.

Afternoons are ushered in with a rotation specific clinic such as Pediatrics or GYN.  You become a core member of that team to learn the important aspects of their specialty.

As a second year resident you continue to gain more experience and are considered a senior level resident.  With senior level status you have more responsibility but additionally have more time to enhance your core knowledge set through reading and advanced decision-making.

With more time you also have a chance to catch one of the many Gator athletic events including Football, Basketball or Baseball or try your hand at some of the moonlighting opportunities available to senior level residents.

- Alex Dickert, c/o 2014



Life was great as a first year, got better as a second year, and now is pretty near phenomenal.  I finally have the time to really get to know Gainesville and am enjoying all of the sports, museums and festivals that it has to offer.

In our third year, time is spent between supervising interns and second years, teaching medical students, and further refining your skills in things like ENT, Derm, Urology, etc.  We also have three months to work on electives in which we are interested.  We have such great Sports Medicine clinics and facilities that it is a common elective, but OB, Hospice, and Endocrine are also common electives. Because our program has been around for many years, we have electives that encompass virtually any of our interests. Personally I have done three in ED and Urgent Care. Hours are very manageable and we have such a great group to work with that they fly by.

Our night float is set up so that when we are not on medicine we are only on one weekend day every 13 weeks. This has allowed my wife and 3 year old daughter to really enjoy Florida. We have done day trips to Sea World, Disney, the beaches on both the west and east coast, and a number of local zoos. Another thing we really enjoy is Lake Wauberg, a private lake owned by UF where they have boats that are free to take out, climbing walls, mountain biking, volleyball and swimming.  My daughter really likes Gainesville for the parks, the butterfly museum, and her ballet classes.

- David Hulbert, c/o 2012



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