Ocala, FL, October 21, 2016 – The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved another residency program at Ocala Regional Medical Center, part of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine/Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Graduate Medical Education Consortium Program.
Ocala Regional Medical Center’s General Surgery Residency Program has met substantial compliance with ACGME requirements and has received a status of “Initial Accreditation” as noted in a letter from Donna Lamb, Executive Director, Surgical Accreditation, the Residency Review Committee for Surgery.
The hospital’s leadership team will welcome its inaugural class of 6 residents in July 2017 led by General Surgery Residency Program Director Darwin Ang, MD, PhD. “We are committed to molding this program into one that we would have chosen to train in ourselves—we are committed to advancing surgical innovations,” noted Dr. Ang.
This program will be the third residency program at Ocala Health. The organization began its family medicine and internal medicine residency programs in July 2015 and currently has 16 residents. The Graduate Medical Education program at Ocala Health offers its residents the education and training they need to develop personal, clinical, and professional competence under the guidance and supervision of a highly-knowledgeable faculty and skilled staff.
Ocala Health encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 222-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 94-bed hospital located in West Marion County. Ocala Health has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer center in Marion County. The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including bariatric surgery, orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services. Ocala Regional Medical Center is also a Level II Trauma Center. Ocala Health’s outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of seven locations throughout Marion County; Advanced Imaging Centers with two locations; a freestanding Wound and Hyperbaric Center; a Senior Wellness Community Center; and four surgical and physician specialty practices.