ascension sacred heart Graduate medical education

One of the most important choices a medical student can make is where to pursue residency training. The high hopes you have for your upcoming career can become a reality at Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida.


Since opening the area’s first modern hospital in 1915, Ascension Sacred Heart has grown into the regional leader for high-quality, compassionate healthcare in Northwest Florida. Today, our services span throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Our main services include Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart – the region’s largest network of primary care and specialty physicians – a 24-hour Emergency Room and Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, a Regional Stroke Center, Regional Heart and Vascular Institute and Northwest Florida’s leading Cancer Center, in affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network®.

The hub of Ascension Sacred Heart is a 566-bed acute-care facility located in Pensacola, Florida. Our Pensacola campus is also home to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, Northwest Florida’s only hospital dedicated to the care of infants and children with acute injuries or illnesses. More women choose to have their babies at Ascension Sacred Heart than at any other hospital in Northwest Florida, and as a Regional Perinatal Center and the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ascension Sacred Heart specializes in the care of women with high-risk pregnancies, as well as premature and critically ill babies.

A member of Ascension – the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system – Ascension Sacred Heart lives its mission of care to the poor, providing comfort and healing to those in need spiritually, medically or financially. Ascension Sacred Heart spends millions of dollars each year, caring for the poor and uninsured. We also reach out to those in need with community events and our Mission in Motion, which provides free health services for the poor, the uninsured and others who lack access to healthcare.

Our Mission Statement:

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.

Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.

We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.

Our Core Values:

SERVICE OF THE POOR  Generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need

REVERENCE  Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life

INTEGRITY  Inspiring trust through personal leadership

WISDOM  Integrating excellence and stewardship

CREATIVITY  Courageous innovation

DEDICATION  Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry


The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and pediatric oncology unit to our pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric surgical services.

As Northwest Florida’s only children’s hospital, Ascension Sacred Heart utilizes medical transportation – available day and night – to bring prematurely born, critically ill and injured babies and children to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart from hospitals across Northwest Florida, Southern Georgia and Southern Alabama. Ascension Sacred Heart utilizes both ground and air medical transportation to serve approximately 500 prematurely born and critically ill infants and children each year.

Our medical staff includes more than 120 board-certified physicians across 28 pediatric specialties:

In addition to our medical staff, The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart offers an entire team trained to care for children, including:

  • Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
  • Pediatric Dietitians
  • Pediatric Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Social Services
  • Child Life Program

Ascension Sacred Heart is able to care for a new generation of children with the opening of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart – a new four-story children’s hospital – along with a major expansion to women’s services. The expanded children’s hospital allows the hospital to provide care for more children, increase access to specialized pediatric and maternity care, and consolidate inpatient pediatric services in one convenient location.

The new four-story, 120,000 square-foot building connects to the current children’s hospital by a ground level, glass-covered walkway and includes:

  • Pediatric Emergency Department and Trauma Center, an expansion and relocation of Ascension Sacred Heart’s current Pediatric Emergency Department.
  • Pediatric Surgery, including six, pediatric-dedicated operating rooms.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the expansion and relocation of Ascension Sacred Heart’s current NICU beds enables The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart to care for more premature and critically ill infants from across Northwest Florida.
  • Pediatric Oncology, with an expanded inpatient unit to provide specialized, inpatient care for children with cancer.
  • Extended stay/observation beds represents a new inpatient unit for The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, caring for children who aren’t yet ready to go home.


Our Graduate Medical Education (GME) office is here to help you maximize your career potential and fulfill your goals in a supportive environment. We strive to provide the optimal balance of education and patient care, while offering abundant opportunities for clinical research.

Not only will you complete the requirements for board certification, but you will also prepare for a lifelong career in a changing healthcare delivery environment and provide progressively responsible clinical care under expert faculty supervision.

Affiliation and Accreditation

Ascension Sacred Heart’s residency programs are affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine. Together, UF and Ascension Sacred Heart offer three accredited residency programs in:

• Internal Medicine
• Obstetrics and Gynecology
• Pediatrics

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), our program is comprised of 58 residents plus a wide variety of both full and part-time faculty members, affiliated community health centers and a growing number of private offices and group practices.
Our GME support team will advocate for you and encourage communication among our residents and faculty in order to make your experience as fulfilling as possible.

Resident Support Services

The GME office is happy to provide guidance on housing, spousal employment, and child care options, as well as contact information on trusted local realtors who have assisted previous resident physicians. These realtors understand the needs of the resident physician.

Financial Guidance
In addition to competitive stipends for residents, the GME office offers educational programs and individual financial counseling on student-loan deferment, consolidation and repayment options. Our salary stipends are designed to provide each house staff member with income to maintain a comfortable standard of living in Pensacola and surrounding communities. Residents also receive bi-weekly meal stipends. Our total compensation package compares to the top training programs in the country.

Program Balance
The University of Florida residency programs at Ascension Sacred Heart strive to fund an adequate number of residency positions appropriate to clinical needs, allowing residents to work manageable shifts as part of their training experience. The GME office closely monitors duty hours for compliance, and we review resident feedback on an ongoing basis in order to ensure an appropriate balance between education and service.
Residents receive compensation for vacation, holidays, sick leave and continuing education days, as we strive to prevent burnout and attain a work-life balance.

Our program team and clinical staff recognize that Graduate Medical Education places increasing responsibility on house staff members and requires sustained intellectual and physical effort. We also recognize that, for some, these demands will at times cause physical and/or emotional stress. Physicians are encouraged to seek help through our confidential counseling program, which has been designed with the resident physician in mind.

• Medical
• Dental
• Hospitalization
• Life Insurance
• Disability
• Malpractice Coverage
• Retirement Savings

GME Director

Audrey Harter

gme Data Analyst

Sandra Tomlinson