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Nova Southeastern University and Larkin Community Hospital receive approval for new Medical Residency Training Programs

Approval from the American Osteopathic Association helps launch several new medical residencies

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. —Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and Larkin Community Hospital (LCH) recently announced approval from the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Program and Trainee Review Committee to start several new osteopathic medical residency training programs.

The AOA granted the hospital approval to train medical residents in radiology, physical medicine, rehabilitation, sports medicine, and anesthesiology residency programs.  All of them will start on July 1.

LCH currently offers AOA-approved residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.  It recently received approval by the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a new Psychiatry Residency Program.

The expansion of osteopathic graduate medical education programs at LCH continues to demonstrate the hospital’s commitment to grow the physician workforce to serve the needs of the citizens of Florida.

NSU has as affiliated medical residencies with LCH and many other hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Last year, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) expanded its affiliated residency programs following recent Congressional legislation to increase the number of residency spots in Florida.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) successfully passed legislation to provide Florida with an additional 325 medical residency spots to be distributed at hospitals throughout the state. Thanks to Nelson, Florida received more residency positions than any other state.

Four of the 16 hospitals in Florida received more residency spots are Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, and Mt. Sinai Medical Hospital. Those are some of the hospitals where COM has affiliated medical residency programs.

Palmetto General received an additional 57 funded residency positions, and Broward General received 46 more spots, Miami Children’s received 14 spots, and Mt. Sinai Medical Center received one spot.

Lasting between three to seven years, medical residencies are required training for medical school graduates to become board-certified physicians. The supply of doctors coming out of these residency programs has not kept pace with an aging population that requires more health care.

“The AOA’s approval of our medical residency programs at LCH will help train future doctors for Florida,” Joseph De Gaetano, D.O., M.S. Ed., associate dean for clinical curriculum and graduate medical education at NSU’s medical school.


About Larkin Community Hospital: Located in South Miami, Florida, Larkin Community Hospital (LCH) is a 146 Bed Acute Care Medical, Surgical and Psychiatric Teaching Hospital fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The mission of LCH is to provide compassionate care of the highest quality in an educational environment. LCH is the only hospital in Miami-Dade County with an Area of Critical Need designation by the Florida Board of Medicine. Our facilities are also a National Health Services Corps (NHSC) site designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about LCH visit www.larkinhospital.com. For more information about LCH’s Graduate Medical Education programs visit www.gme.larkinhospital.com.

About NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine:  For students pursuing their education at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), the matriculation experience has proven to be both challenging and rewarding. By combining the most contemporary teaching modalities with the newest technology, our students are assured of obtaining the most comprehensive education possible. Thanks to the synergistic energy of our students, faculty members, and staff members of all of our programs, the pursuit of excellence has become a daily reality at NSU-COM. http://medicine.nova.edu/

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Davie, Florida, Nova Southeastern University is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is the eighth largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally with more than 28,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information about NSU visit www.nova.edu.

Media Contact:
Ken Ma, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5408 (office), 954-621-7961 (cell), ken.ma@nova.edu