Congratulations on your decision to pursue Family Medicine, and thank you for considering our program in the heart of Tampa Bay!
The University of South Florida continues to provide an outstanding, cutting-edge, academic experience led by nationally-renowned faculty in each of their disciplines. As an unopposed, community based and academically-affiliated residency program, our graduates develop a depth of knowledge and skill that has helped us consistently achieve a 100% board pass rate, and an excellent national reputation. By providing the most elective time of any Florida family medicine residency program, each resident is encouraged to tailor their academic experience to his or her own, unique interests. We have watched our most recent graduates go on to pursue training with a variety of fellowships and our graduates work in clinics, hospitals, and academic centers across the country. We work within the BayCare system, which is consistently ranked by Forbes magazine as a Top 100 company to work for so it’s no surprise that so many of our residents choose to stick around the Tampa Bay! Our program realizes that family medicine is as diverse as the residents who choose primary care, and our program seeks to help you find, support, and nurture your passion.
Our program works to keep our didactics on the pulse of family medicine. Our faculty are working with our residents to integrate telemedicine into our unique curriculum. We have won an AAFP grant that allowed our residents to care for our most poorly controlled diabetic patients via telemedicine visits. Soon after this success, the program integrated point-of-care ultrasound into the curriculum as well. Performing ultrasound examinations on one other has given us another tool to address sports-related and a variety of other acute concerns in clinic. The program also heavily emphasizes procedural training in ultrasound-guided joint injections, casting, and splinting, dermatologic procedures, and women’s health procedures like IUD/Nexplanon placement and colposcopies. Finally, we encourage residents to join or create their own unique tracks to broaden their academic foundation. Our Leadership Development track provides invaluable networking opportunities and exposure to how Family Medicine physicians have already taken prominent leadership positions within the BayCare system, advocating at the state and national level, and provides us with tools to do the same. The Wilderness Medicine track is an exciting track that teaches us how to care for patients in the ocean, desert, jungle, and mountains with limited resources, all while having a blast! Academically-inclined residents may also participate in our unique Academics in Medicine opportunity by teaching medical students at the University of South Florida, and several have been hired on as faculty with USF after graduation. The opportunities are endless. Our graduates are prepared to become modern, evidence-based, procedurally-oriented, and leadership-equipped family physicians.
There are several fellowship opportunities for our residents to gain exposure to during residency and pursue after graduation. The University of South Florida offers additional training in Hospice and Palliative Care, Sleep Medicine, and Academics in Women’s Health just a short drive across the Bay. Our in-house Sports Medicine Fellowship, led by our nationally-renowned faculty members, provides our residents with excellent sports medicine exposure and training, and countless opportunities to work with our local professional and high school sports teams as well as sporting events throughout the year. It’s no surprise that every year at least one of graduates matches with our outstanding fellowship!
Finally, residents come to our program to enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer. The Bay has become a haven for young professionals and families. Here, we spend weekends in the sun at the stunning Clearwater Beach, which continues to be named the No. 1 in the United States by TripAdvisor and many others. Several of the bicycle and running enthusiasts within the program ride to work along the 38-mile long Pinellas Trail. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy our local Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Furthermore, the Tampa Bay Area boasts a stunning food, music, and art scene. We consider ourselves a family, and some of our fondest memories involve coming together to form a Turley Team for the Rotary Relay Triathlon at Honeymoon Island, exploring Busch Gardens and becoming “Animal Keepers for a Day,” as well as visiting Discovery Cove to become “Dolphin Trainers for the Day”. While there is plenty to keep us occupied on this side of the coast, we are still only a 2-hour drive from the Orlando theme parks. Best of all, because Florida does not have income taxes and because of our many moonlighting opportunities with urgent care and outpatient imaging centers, we can afford the fun on our ample time off!
We consider ourselves socially, financially, and academically supported, which is why many of us choose to stick around, and why so many of our graduates have returned to join our family again as faculty. We hope that you will join us for spending rounds overlooking the ocean, bonding over camping trips and conferences, growing together and sharing patients in clinic, and all the other memories that has made our residency experience such a delight. As third years, we truly feel prepared and excited for what lies ahead of us, thanks to the friendly and effective training that we have received here at the University of South Florida.
Please feel free to contact either of us at our email addresses below with any additional questions. We can’t wait for you to join our Turley Family!