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Larkin Community Hospital Receives Approval for New Medical Residency Training Programs

Approval From the American Osteopathic Association Helps Launch Several New Medical Residencies in Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatric Dermatology

SOUTH MIAMI, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 06/18/14 -- Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) 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 two new osteopathic medical residency training programs.

The AOA granted the hospital approval to train medical residents in Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatric Dermatology.

The main training site for the Orthopedic Residency Program will be the Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin, which specializes in advanced orthopedic surgery using the latest multimodal perioperative pain management modalities and state of art technology and instrumentation with advanced robotic technology. The center, led by world renowned orthopedic surgeon Carlos Lavernia, M.D., includes an outcomes-oriented robust research component with an ongoing prospective surgical registry and a comprehensive rehabilitation department. The Center has a robust research component with an on-going prospective surgical registry with more than 6,000 surgical procedures. The research being done at the center has resulted in better outcomes and changed the way orthopedic surgeons practice. A comprehensive rehabilitation department is also part of the center.

LCH is one of 12 designated Statutory Teaching Hospitals in Florida and the largest teaching hospital for osteopathic physicians (D.O.) in the United States, offering the largest number of training programs (32 different specialties in total). LCH sponsors an allopathic residency (M.D.) program in Psychiatry. In addition, LCH also has a Nursing School (Registered Nurse Associate Degree program).The expansion of graduate medical education programs at LCH continues to demonstrate the hospital's commitment to train the next generation of physicians to serve the needs of the citizens of Florida.

"We are pleased to partner with LCH on these medical residency programs that will train physicians in two essential and growing areas of medicine," said Joseph De Gaetano, D.O., M.S., Ed., associate dean for clinical curriculum and graduate medical education at NSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

About Larkin Community Hospital: Larkin Community Hospital (LCH) is a 146 Bed Medical/Surgical Teaching hospital. LCH is one of 12 designated Statutory Teaching Hospitals in Florida and the largest teaching hospital for Osteopathic physicians in the United States, offering the largest number of training programs (offering training in 32 different specialties in total). LCH sponsors an allopathic residency program in Psychiatry. In addition, LCH also has a Nursing School (Registered Nurse Associate Degree program).

Our hospital is also the home of:

  • The Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin, a state of the art facility which specializes in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. This 25 member team, led by world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Aizik Wolf, has performed over 8000 procedures during the past 20 years. Gamma Knife is a non-invasive state of the art neurological procedure used to treat brain tumors, head and neck cancer, and neurological conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia and Arteriovenous Malformations.

  • The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin, which specializes in advanced orthopedic surgery using the latest multimodal perioperative pain management modalities and state of art technology and instrumentation with advanced robotic technology. The center, led by world renowned orthopedic surgeon Carlos Lavernia, M.D., includes an outcomes-oriented robust research component with an ongoing prospective surgical registry and a comprehensive rehabilitation department.

We are academically affiliated to Jackson Memorial Hospital and Holtz Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida; Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida; Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando, Florida; Palmer Children's Hospital, Orlando, Florida; West Penn Allegheny Health System Hospitals, Pittsburgh, PA; Borinquen Health Care Center, Miami, Florida ; Miami Beach Community Health Center, Miami, Florida; Community Health of South Florida (CHI), Miami, Florida; Jessie Trice Health Community Health Center), Miami, Florida; Beraja Medical Institute, Miami, Florida; Vitas Hospice and Palliative Care System. 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: The mission of the College of Osteopathic Medicine is to provide learner-centered education, both nationally and internationally, for osteopathic medical students, postgraduate trainees, and other professionals. Through its interprofessional programs, the college prepares competent and compassionate lifelong learners; supports research, scholarly activity, and community service; and advocates for the health and welfare of diverse populations, including the medically underserved. For more information, visit http://medicine.nova.edu/.

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels. NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 26,000 students. NSU awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence!

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