NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

82 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Osteopathic Medicine Program • F lorida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA) Annual Poster Competition—Contact: Janet Hamstra, Ed.D. • Osteopathic Surgical Association Spring Conference (OSASC)—Contact: Eric Goldsmith, D.O. Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program The mission of NSU’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is to improve the access to and the quality of primary health care service to medically needy communities by linking the resources of academic health centers with communitybased health care providers. Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, the first medical school in the state of Florida to develop an AHEC Program, officially began its program in 1985. Since its inception, the program has worked to develop effective and comprehensive training programs that improve access to quality primary health care for Florida’s medically needy rural and inner-city urban areas. Our nationally recognized program now serves underserved communities and populations throughout a nearly 20,000 square mile area of South and Central Florida. Our first AHEC center—the Everglades AHEC—reaches underserved areas within a 10-county region extending from Broward County to rural communities around Lake Okeechobee. Based on the success of the Everglades AHEC, the university was awarded additional funding to develop a Central Florida AHEC, which now serves nine counties and extends from Lake Okeechobee to north of Orlando. By utilizing its well-established foundation of more than 100 academic and community partnerships throughout South and Central Florida, the AHEC Program is able to provide training programs in community settings to expose health professions students to the challenges, rewards, and practice opportunities related to working in medically underserved areas. The AHEC Program also delivers training programs to current and future health providers focusing on primary care and public health issues of priority to Florida, such as tobacco dependence, opioid use disorders, and the control and prevention of COVID-19 in rural and medically underserved communities. The Office of Graduate Medical Education NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine recognizes its role in supporting graduate medical education (GME), both as a benefit for its students during their clinical training years and as it benefits our graduates in finding positions upon graduation. Historically, the Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (CEME-OPTI) has been the mechanism the KPCOM has used in supporting AOA-accredited GME. With the transition to the single accreditation system, KPCOM has transitioned the work of the CEME-OPTI to the recently established KPCOM Office of Graduate Medical Education (OGME). Currently, the OGME is affiliated with 23 hospitals/institutions, 77 training programs, and 1,347 trainees. This alliance of affiliated clinical training sites, linked through electronic networks, collaborates in the areas of teaching, research, and community health, demonstrating a shared commitment to excellence in the education of tomorrow’s physicians. The KPCOMOffice of Graduate Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a Sponsoring Institution for our own GME Programs. KPCOM currently sponsors the following accredited and unaccredited residency and fellowship programs: 1. Psychiatry Residency—Orlando (ACGME-accredited)— Program Director Paul Deci, M.D. 2. P sychiatry Residency—Bay Pines (ACGME-accredited)— Program Director Alina Gonzalez-Mayo, M.D. 3. Sports Medicine Fellowship—Program Directors Elaine Wallace, D.O., and Alessandra Posey, D.O. 4. C orrectional Medicine Fellowship—ProgramDirector John May, M.D. 5. P rosthetic Urology and Sexual Medicine Fellowship— Program Director Edward Geihler, M.D. 6. Allergy and Immunology Fellowship—Program Director Shanaz Fatteh, M.D. Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine Program Since its establishment in 1979, the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine has been committed to educating students about rural medicine and having them train in underserved communities. The Department of Rural Medicine’s instructional programs have been recognized nationally for helping to meet the health care needs of underserved communities and enhancing the medical skills of our students. Our third-year medical students train for two months in rural and underserved settings. They are expected to expand their proficiency in patient care and community medicine. This rotation also increases the students’ knowledge in providing health care to multicultural populations. Training sites include community health centers, county health departments, private physicians’ offices, ambulatory care facilities, and other leading health care institutions, including the Florida Department of Corrections. Additionally, our fourthyear medical students spend an additional four weeks at a