Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine/HCA Florida Healthcare (Greater Orlando/Osceola) Emergency Medicine Residency.
Our mission is to combine excellence in Clinical Skills with the humanity of the compassionate physician to produce outstanding Patient Centered Care.

The UCF/HCA Healthcare GME Consortium sponsors our program at HCA Florida Osceola Hospital. The college is a forward thinking, innovative medical school and we will be building on its pioneering spirit as we invite you to consider training in our program. The HCA Florida Osceola Hospital Emergency Department is busy and diverse. You are exposed to a very high acuity patient population in an unopposed educational atmosphere.

Our residency values modern adult learning techniques such as flipped classroom approaches, small group learning, and frequent simulation workshops. As a residency with a smaller overall class size, residents are closely mentored to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Wellness is paramount in our residency program which is represented in our didactics, retreats, and shift schedules.

In August 2018, we lost our beloved founding Program Director, Dr. Bethany Ballinger, after a courageous battle with an unfortunate illness. Dr. Ballinger said it best: “Emergency Medicine is a calling. It is demanding and not for the faint hearted. It requires long hours and extreme dedication. ER will disturb your sleep and challenge your principles. It will draw on every drop of compassion you have and then still ask for more. Although we rarely see our patients again, some linger in our memories forever and help create the people we are. In that way, the ER shift is never really over yet the rewards are enormous. We have the ability to help people in their direst need and for some the worst moment of their life. Such an honor is rare and to be taken with the utmost humility and care. It’s a serious business but paradoxically one that also needs a healthy sense of humor!”
Our academic community hybrid program consisting of a well-respected hospital and outstanding medical school will provide you an excellent education in Emergency Medicine. It’s an education that will prepare you for the changing face of EM and the ability to practice in any environment.
Thank you for your interest in our program. We will be delighted to meet you.

David Lebowitz, MD, FACEP
Program Director

Jenny King
Emergency Medicine Program Coordinator



This website is the resident produced website for the UCF/HCA Florida Healthcare (Greater Orlando/Osceola) Emergency Medicine Residency but is not the official webpage for HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, HCA, the University of Central Florida, or the UCF/HCA Florida Healthcare (Greater Orlando/Osceola) Emergency Medicine Residency. For more information about the University of Central Florida/HCA Florida Healthcare (Greater Orlando/Osceola) Emergency Medicine residency program at HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, please visit: https://www.hcafloridahealthcare.com/for-medical-professionals/graduate-medical-education/osceola-hospital/emergency-medicine