Residency Program


A Message from Our Director


Welcome to our website!

Thank you for your interest in the University of Florida Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. Choosing to apply to a residency program is an important decision and we are here to answer any questions you may have during the application process.  We aim to create a well-rounded education and clinical experience that covers the breadth of our field. I have been the Program Director here since Spring of 2021 and prior to that I was the Associate Program Director. Our program values compassion, commitment, curiosity, and cultural humility.

We are the primary source of obstetric and gynecologic care for women in Gainesville and in the surrounding rural counties.  In addition, we serve as a tertiary level referral center for high-risk obstetrics, oncology, general and urogynecology, and endocrinology patients throughout the state of Florida. Resident training takes place at the University of Florida Health Science Center.  The Health Science Center is a modern, integrated facility that includes the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine as well as five hospitals.  The five hospitals, UF Health Shands, the UF Health Cancer Center, the UF Health Heart and Vascular Hospital, the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital, and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, combined have over 1,600 beds and provide the latest in state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient services. All medical specialties are represented at the Health Science Center.

Some aspects of our residency program:

  • Protected education time every Friday morning

  • Outpatient and surgical experience with all Ob/Gyn subspecialties

  • Health Equity curriculum

  • Specialty clinics include: Family Planning, Menopause, MIGS, Sexual Wellness, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Vulvar Disorders, Mood Disorders, Office Hysteroscopy

  • Elective time in the PGY-3 year

  • Rotation at the Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • Wellness activities including quarterly social events

  • Graduates meet requirements for da Vinci Robotic Surgery Equivalency Certification

Feel free to explore our website for information about our curriculum, resident surgical experience, fringe benefits, and the application process.

Warm regards,

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Jessica S. Heft, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program 


Our Mission

The University of Florida College of Medicine’s mission is to strive to improve health care in Florida, our nation, and the world through excellence and consistently superior leadership in education, clinical care, discovery, and service. In support of our institution’s mission, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program will educate residents in the entire breadth of obstetrics and gynecology and help residents develop a lifelong commitment to the learning and promotion of women’s healthcare. This is accomplished through direct patient care, small and large group conferences, faculty mentoring, individual instruction, surgical labs, and simulation exercises to acquire cognitive knowledge, surgical capabilities, and interpersonal skills. The community we serve is women with complex high-risk conditions and that is achieved through comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and coordinated care among experts at one of the best tertiary care centers in the country. The focuses of our program are to fully prepare graduates for independent practice in obstetrics and gynecology; and if desired, advanced training in subspecialties; and, to enable individuals to become leaders in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The University of Florida-Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program will lead the nation in preparing compassionate OBGYN’s to deliver the highest quality, 21st century, patient-centered medicine including communities of greatest need and advancing the science of women’s healthcare. Our program aims to provide unique and individualized resident physician education, and to continue a legacy of compassionate, holistic, and state of the art clinical and technical skills. We are firmly committed to helping OB/GYN’s to be comfortable in practicing in various types of settings including both rural and suburban underserved communities. Furthermore, our graduates will be fully prepared for advanced training in any of the subspecialties they desire and equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a leader in our field. To confirm that we are helping our residents realize their full potential, we track the following for the aims of academic excellence, leadership, and social commitment):

  • ABOG qualifying examination (written exam) pass rates (academic excellence)
  • ABOG certifying examination (oral exam) pass rates (academic excellence)
  • The number/percentage of graduates who successfully obtain a fellowship position (academic excellence)
  • The number/percentage of graduates who successfully obtain positions as academic generalists (academic excellence)
  • The number/percentage of graduates who hold leadership positions in ACOG or other national organizations (leadership)
  • The number/percentage of graduates who hold leadership positions in academic medical centers (leadership)
  • The number/percentage of graduates who hold leadership positions at their institution and communities (leadership)
  • The number/percentage of graduates who practice in underserved communities. (social commitment)


We welcome your interest in our program. If you have any questions, please contact:

Nicole Drake
Residency Program Coordinator
(352) 273-7943 |