Residency Program

Chief Residents

Letter from the Chiefs

Thank you for your interest in The University of South Florida-Morton Plant Mease (USF/MPM) Family Medicine Residency Program. We are excited that you have chosen to become a Family Medicine physician - - welcome to the family. As a Family Medicine physician, we have the versatility to provide care for a broad spectrum of patients. In our residency, we strive to provide our residents with an outstanding and innovative learning experience in preparation to provide graduating residents with the tools needed in becoming excellent physicians. As an unopposed program with an academic affiliation, we provide a foundation for residents to pursue variety of paths, whether that includes pursing fellowship, becoming an academic physician, becoming a clinician, or becoming a hospitalist. We achieve this in a variety of modalities, including having the ability to learn one-on-one with nationally renowned faculty and providing an outstanding-elective curriculum which allows each resident to pursue and to foster their medical passions. As a community-based program, we work within the BayCare Health System that has been ranked by Great Place to Work and Fortune as one of the 100 best companies to work for.

An important factor to the success of our graduating residents and our 100% Board Pass rate is our cutting-edge curriculum which is evidence-based and innovative. Our curriculum provides the tools to make us well-rounded physicians and exposes us to a variety of learning opportunities. Our core rotations provide the residents an opportunity to learn one-on-one with outstanding faculty. Our didactics also provide us with critical-learning experiences by an exceptional community faculty. We have integrated telemedicine in our day-to-day clinic with the mentorship of faculty who have provided educational materials to other physicians through the Family Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP). We have integrated point-of-care ultrasound technology into our clinical learning though a variety of didactics and hands-on learning. Our program also provides us with the opportunity to master procedural training in ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections, casting and splinting, dermatologic procedures, and women’s health procedures like IUD/Nexplanon placement and colposcopies. There is also the opportunity to learn inpatient procedures such as central line placement, rapid sequence intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, paracentesis, and thoracentesis. We also have the privilege of readily available tracks for our residents. Our Wilderness Medicine track allows our residents to learn how to provide patient care in a variety of terrains with limited resources. Our Leadership Development track provides mentorship and the opportunity to learn from outstanding and experienced medical leaders. Through our Leadership Development track, we have a variety of opportunities to develop our leadership skills including our Leadership Book Club and the BayCare Physician Leadership Program. We also foster the ability for residents to become educators by teaching medical students in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Overall, our residency allows us to feel secure with our decision to be part of the USF/MPM family.


We have the honor of being a part of an in-house Sports Medicine Fellowship which provides us to foster a well-rounded musculoskeletal curriculum. We are actively mentored by nationally renowned faculty who provide us an opportunity of continuous learning. With this opportunity, we work with local professional and high school sport teams providing them sideline coverage and medical care. The University of South Florida also offers additional opportunities for fellowships, including Hospice and Palliative Care and Sleep Medicine.

Life Outside of Residency

Residents not only come to our residency program to obtain a commendable medical experience, they come here to enjoy all that the Tampa Bay area has to offer. With the proximity of Clearwater to both Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, it is easy for residents to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Here, we spend weekends in the sun at the stunning Clearwater Beach, which continues to be ranked the #1 beach in the United States by TripAdvisor. Several of the bicyclist and running enthusiasts within the program, ride to work along the 38-mile long Pinellas Trail. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy our local sports teams such as, the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team. The Tampa Bay Area boasts stunning food, music, festivals, and art.

We, the residency program members, consider ourselves to be a family. Some of our fondest memories include coming together to form a Turley Team for the Rotary Relay Triathlon at Honeymoon Island, taking a boat tour of Tampa Bay, or becoming an “Animal Keeper for a Day” at Busch Gardens. Although there is plenty to keep us occupied on this side of the coast, the Orlando theme parks are only a 2-hour drive. Another perk is that Florida does not have income taxes and in lieu of our many moonlighting opportunities with urgent care and outpatient imaging centers, we can afford to have fun on our time off!

Thank you again for considering us in your journey to becoming a family physician. We consider our residency to be one of the best as it affords us the opportunity to have a great relationship with our faculty, community, fellow residents, and medical students. We believe that our residency program protects and cherishes our work-life balance. We hope that our program meets both your professional and personal needs--so we can share your journey.

Please feel free to contact either of us via our email addresses listed below if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


“The Co-Chiefs”
Nallely Barron-Garcia, MD
Alexandra Lawson, MD