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. We recognize that choosing a residency program is one of the most important decisions of your life. I have been the Program Director here since the 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 Malcolm 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.

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

Warm regards,


Jessica 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 mission of our training program is to educate you in the entire breadth of obstetrics and gynecology and to help you develop a lifelong commitment to the learning and promotion of women’s healthcare.  Through direct patient care, small and large group conferences, faculty mentoring, individual instruction, surgical labs, and simulation exercises, our dedicated faculty will help you acquire the cognitive knowledge, surgical capabilities, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career in our field.  Upon completion of our program, you will be fully prepared for the independent practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Furthermore, you will be fully prepared for advanced training in any of the subspecialties should you so desire and equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a leader in our field.

Our department emphasizes hard work, teamwork, a positive attitude, and receptiveness to feedback designed to help all of us improve.  We are firmly committed to helping you achieve your full professional and personal potential within an atmosphere of support and mutual respect.  To confirm that we are helping our residents realize their full potential, we routinely track:

  • ABOG qualifying examination (written exam) pass rates
  • ABOG certifying examination (oral exam) pass rates
  • The number of graduates who successfully obtain a fellowship position
  • The number of graduates who successfully obtain positions as academic generalists
  • The number of graduates who hold leadership positions in ACOG or other national organizations
  • The number of graduates who hold leadership positions in academic medical centers


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

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