We know quality of life is a huge factor in making your decision where to do your rotations and/or your residency. We hope you will see from the list below why Oak Hill Hospital offers you a quality experience both professionally and personally. Everything you want for an incredible residency lifestyle is right here in the heart of Florida’s Nature Coast, Hernando County.


Home to 35 miles of white-sand beaches, eight major barrier islands and located on a beautiful peninsula on Florida’s west coast, this area is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and to the south by Tampa Bay. Clearwater Beach and Fort De Soto Beach, named two of the best beaches in Florida, are places where you can enjoy a picnic on the beach, enjoy a game of beach volleyball, watch a beautiful sunset all year round, and/or mingle at local beach restaurants. The beaches in this area are top ranked for their beauty!

Fort De Soto Park offers kayaking, nature walks, camping, boating, a ferry service to Egmont Key and tours of its historic fort.

Recreational activity

From great fishing and brilliant sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico, to shaded hills and horse trails in the Withlacoochee State Forest (the third largest state forest in Florida), to manicured greens of championship golf courses, Hernando County is a great place to indulge your passion for adventure or relaxation.

Withlacoochee State Park offers Flatwater Adventure Tours, Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides, and Riverscape Boat Tours.

Culture, museums and shopping

The Tampa Bay area, built upon Native American and Spanish influences, has a unique cultural heritage comprised of unique communities. The area also hosts many exciting concerts and events year-round to celebrate all the different cultures and unique communities. There are world-renowned museums, stunning theaters, beautiful performance venues, and small local galleries to satisfy all tastes. There is also enough shopping from the huge outlets to the mega shopping malls to the small boutique shops to the beach tourist shops to please any shopper.

Made up of more than 60 professional musicians from all over the world, Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra is the resident professional orchestra of Lake County, Florida.


If you love sports, this is the place to be! The area is home to major professional sporting teams such as NFL Football, Major League Baseball, and NHL Hockey. The Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Tampa Bay Lightning all call this area home. Not to mention, Professional NBA Basketball is located in Orlando.

Attractions and family attractions

Many of Florida’s best theme park attractions are within close proximity to the hospital including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Universal Studios, Disney World, Sea World and Adventure Island. You can enjoy many family attractions such as the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Zoo, and the Big Cat Rescue. Hernando County is just a short distance from these exciting locations:

  • 30 minutes from Tampa
  • 90 minutes from Orlando
  • 2 hours from Daytona Beach
  • 4 hours from Miami

You will find that choosing graduate medical education at Oak Hill Hospital allows for a rewarding academic experience and an exciting quality of life. We hope you will come and experience it for yourself!

Come ride the waterslides or watch the world famous mermaids perform at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

Hernando County schools

As an accredited district by the Southern Association of Colleges and School’s Quality Assurance Review Team, Hernando County Schools provides the opportunity for students to succeed at new levels and prepares students for a successful transition into a diverse and changing world. Hernando County is home to nine elementary schools, four K-8 schools, four middle schools and five high schools. High school students are invited to participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, enroll in dual enrollment with Pasco-Hernando State College, or enroll in Springstead High School’s nationally ranked International Baccalaureate (IB) program. There are more than 711,000 IB students at 2,617 schools in 135 countries, and Springstead is one of them.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce allows leaders to combine forces, creating a strong business environment and encouraging members to prosper. As a member driven business organization, they build better business relationships and have collectively become the voice of the business community at both the state & local government levels. They are the information resource for business networking and the advocates for academic education and youth leadership.

Some area links

Hernando County

Tampa Bay area

Collegiate/professional athletics