Director Welcome

Welcome to the Osceola Regional Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Website! We are happy that you are considering our program as a potential site to continue your medical training.

Our program was established to provide superior education and training for our residents, as well as, to give our patients the best possible medical care.

We strongly believe that the success of our program is based on the commitment of our faculty and staff to provide excellence in education and patient care. Our teaching staff is a combination of Doctors of Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine, (DO’s and MD’s.) who use the “hands on” approach to teaching and learning and are eager to share with you their knowledge and experience.

Our residency program is designed to provide residents with exceptional clinical training in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its subspecialties through exposure to a diverse patient population which provides ample opportunity for procedures and clinical patient encounters for residents at all levels of training. Our residents training is augmented by concentrated experiences with robotic surgery, ultrasound in ambulatory settings and "office based" practice. By the end of their training, our residents will become proficient in care for the obstetrical and gynecological patient.

Our program also puts an emphasis on didactic learning. We have daily Morning Report followed by lecture Monday through Friday. Additional didactic sessions include procedure workshops, journal club and monthly tumor conference.

Our residents are expected to play an active role in the residency, including teaching students, lecture presentations and research production. We are committed to providing the residents with all of the necessary resources to lead healthy and successful professional lives. We strive to prepare our residents to succeed in the practice locations of their choice and to be ready for leadership roles in their communities.

A huge benefit to our program is our location in Kissimmee, a Central Florida community in Osceola County, a suburb of Orlando. Our warm climate permits year-round outdoor activities. Our ideal location offers easy access to Walt Disney World Resort, Sea World and Universal Studios.

We are part of the Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education OPTI; an educational consortium committed to assuring the advancement of osteopathic postdoctoral training. Through this commitment, we enhance osteopathic graduate medical education through quality program development and advocacy on behalf of our residents.

We are proud of our hospital’s achievements, the quality of care and the many important services and educational programs we provide to the people of our community. It is our hope that you explore the opportunities that are offered to become part of our exceptional team of medical professionals at Osceola Regional Medical Center.

You are about to make a decision that will influence the rest of your life. We hope the program information that you find on our site will help you discover the atmosphere of teamwork and professionalism we strive to create.

Osceola Regional Medical Center, the clinical teaching faculty and staff are committed to providing excellent education and patient care. Please contact our Administrative Director of Medical Education if you need additional information.

Sincerely,

Mark Palazzolo, D.O.
Director of Medical Education, Program Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency

Program Overview

Osceola Regional Medical Center’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency is an AOA accredited four- year program whose mission is to prepare residents to be competent, compassionate practitioners in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program follows the Basic Standards for Residency Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG). Graduates of our program will be prepared to successfully complete the board certification process administered by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOBOG). We are affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine through our affiliation with the Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME) Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI).

Our residency program is designed to provide residents with clinical training in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its subspecialties. As our residents progress through the program, they are expected to acquire increased knowledge at each succeeding level. The residents training is designed to allow residents to develop independent thought and action by providing increased levels of experience under faculty supervision.

Our residents will encounter a broad spectrum of pathology with numerous opportunities for managing routine clinical problems, performing core surgical procedures and intensive sub-specialty training. Residents will also manage their own continuity clinic patients and learning fundamental “real life” clinical management strategies.

The role of the obstetrician/ gynecologist in providing total women’s health care is an integral part of the training program. We provide our patients with a caring, compassionate, and professional environment in which health maintenance; preventive care and appropriate treatment are our top priorities. Residents are prepared for the dual roles of being a primary care physician to women as well as that of a consultant and surgical specialist. Mutual respect and teamwork are emphasized.

We meet our mission by providing dedicated, residency trained and board certified teaching attending physicians with diverse interests in all areas of the specialty and sub-specialty areas. Each physician member dedicates time for journal clubs, lectures, and advisory on resident research.

Program Highlights:

  • ORMC is a tertiary care facility with a patient population offering a broad range of patient encounters.
  • High risk obstetrical patients are managed by OB/GYN residents working with an in-house attending.
  • The Maternal Fetal Medicine service is covered exclusively by our residents.
  • Residents receive training and the opportunity to refine skills in pelvic reconstruction and surgical correction.
  • Residents train with Reproductive Endocrinology Infertility Specialist.
  • Residents trains with a gynecology/oncology Specialist.
  • Residents receive training in Robotic surgery utilizing the DaVinci® robot.
  • Simulation training with Noelle and LapSim

Faculty

Educational Goals and Objectives:

  • To help you assimilate and apply the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education.
  • To clarify the importance of mutual cooperation and professionalism with multiple disciplinary hospital teams.
  • To work with various healthcare providers in the community
  • Provide understanding of how insurance companies; managed care business; and various federal, state and county health care agencies interact into providing patient care.
  • To train and guide you in delivering of obstetrics and gynecology specialty care that will help you in pursuing your career goals and dreams.
  • To establish a supportive environment, allowing residents to develop into extraordinary individuals that genuinely care about each others’ learning and personal development.

Applicant Information

This program is open to individuals who have graduated from an accredited school of osteopathic medicine. Individuals can apply after completing a one-year AOA approved rotating Internship, or may apply directly for an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency. Applicants must have passed COMLEX Step I, Step 2, Clinical Skills and Clinical Knowledge on the 1st attempt.

All applications for first-year positions are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) along with the following documentation:

  • ERAS common application form with personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least one letter from an OB/GYN physician)
  • COMLEX scores
  • Photograph

Applicants are required to successfully complete COMLEX Part 1 and both components of COMLEX Part 2 of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Exam prior to entering the residency program.

For information on ERAS, you may access their website at www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/. Current medical students can also obtain additional information at their medical school dean’s office.

Didactic Curriculum

The Didactic Curriculum is comprised of core lectures, journal clubs, case presentations, book club, and teaching rounds.

The residency also places great emphasis on Osteopathic principles and manipulation, with monthly Osteopathic Manipulation Training lectures and hands-on experience.

Curriculum Overview and Rotations

OGME 1

During the first year, residents’ experiences will focus on the essential components of practice. In fulfilling that, residents will receive exposure and training in a number of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical modalities. While the basic core clinical knowledge and experience will be stressed, residents will also be exposed to high-risk obstetrics, gynecology, and the complexities of providing care for hospitalized patients on gynecology, oncology and endocrinology. First year rotations are:

Rotation Duration
General Internal Medicine 2 months
Critical Care 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month
General Surgery 1 month
Gynecologic Surgery 2 months
Neonatology 1 month
Obstetrics ( Inpatient) 3 months
Obstetrics/Gynecology Ultrasound (Ambulatory) 1 month

At the completion of the first year the resident will be able to perform comprehensive H&Ps, including recognition of obstetric and gynecologic problems, indications for surgical intervention and identification of coexisting medical problems.

OGME-2

During the second year, residents training experiences are focused on advanced obstetrics management techniques, recognition of medical and surgical procedures that complicate pregnancy, and participation as the assistant and primary surgeon in carefully selected, and supervised cases. Second year rotations are:

Rotation Duration
Obstetrics 5 months
Ambulatory Gynecology 1 month
Gynecologic Surgery 6 months

OGME-3

The third year of training emphasizes the surgical and non-surgical gynecologic treatment of female reproductive tract disorders, and evaluation and management of endocrine inpatients. Progressive responsibility with appropriate supervision will be given in the care of disorders associated with infertility and with oncology patients. Third year rotations are:

Rotation Duration
Maternal Fetal Medicine/Genetics 1 month
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 1 month
Female Pelvic Medicine/Reconstructive Surgery 1 month
Gynecologic Oncology 1 month
Obstetrics 3 months
Gynecologic Surgery 5 months

OGME-4

The fourth year is designed to further develop the residents’ surgical and obstetric techniques, as well as leadership of health teams and case management skills. While still under supervision, residents are expected to demonstrate an ability to manage a clinical practice in obstetrics and gynecology

Rotation Duration
Gynecology Surgery 6 months
Obstetrics 6 months

Continuity of Care Clinic

Continuity of care is provided within the structure of the Osceola County Health Department. Residents will see a wide variety of both obstetric and gynecologic patients, following these patients through their course of treatment inclusive of deliveries, surgeries and routine screenings.

Benefits Offered:

  • 3 weeks of vacation per year
  • Short Term Disability
  • Training license fees
  • Malpractice Insurance Provided
  • CME Allowance: $2,000 per year
  • Free parking
  • Resident is eligible to enroll in:
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 401 K with up to 3% match

Life in Osceola County

We know quality of life is an enormous factor in making your decision of where to do your residency. We hope you will see from the list below why Osceola Regional Medical Center will be able to offer you a quality experience both professionally and personally. Everything you want for an incredible residency lifestyle is right here!

Fun in the Sun on Land or Sea

If you are a water lover or beach enthusiast, Osceola county is home to some of the best Fishing, Kayaking, Boating, Parasailing, water sports and sea adventures in all of Florida. Osceola County is located only 35 minutes from numerous major theme parks and 90 minutes from the beautiful beaches of the west coast and 45 minutes from the serene seas of the east coast. Osceola is centrally located to the Florida Turnpike which is a direct route to major cities such as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Key West all within a day’s drive.

Shopping, Sports, Food and More

With only a 30 minute drive, you can find yourself in downtown Orlando and its outskirts visiting the various shopping malls or outlets or enjoying the nightlife of famous Church Street, home to some great music, food and fun.

For the sports fanatic, Osceola County has you covered. We are proud of the Orlando Magic our NBA Team and our newly announced Major League Soccer Team, the Orlando Lions. The Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are some of the other sports teams we have here in Florida to satisfy the hungriest of sports fans appetites.

Speaking of appetites, Osceola County and Kissimmee are home to some of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in central Florida and with that diversity comes boundless food from cultures around the world.

Fine dining or casual dining can be found all within the area and when it comes to coastal food, Florida can satisfy the most discerning palate.

Let the Sun Shine... here in Florida.

As many know the weather in Florida is gorgeous year around and perfect for outside activities any time of the year. The opportunities are endless! In addition to the water sports, hiking and golfing are fun activities to participate in year round! There is also ample opportunity to walk, run, or ride your bike around the many lakes and everglades that host the most unusual and striking wildlife in the county.

Culture Museums and Events

You will find numerous museums, performing arts centers and sports complexes that host national and international events right in your own back yard. Below are helpful links for you to explore Osceola County and our surrounding areas:

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact:

Ann Bravo-Garcia
GME Coordinator
Osceola Regional Medical Center
Phone: (321) 697-1736
Fax: (407) 518-3923
Email