Program Spotlight: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Broward General Medical Center Dermatology Residency Training Program

May 2011 | Volume 10 | Issue 5 | Original Article | 467 | Copyright © May 2011

Stanley Skopit, DO MSE

The Nova Southeastern University, Health Professions Division, College of Osteopathic Medicine in conjunction with Broward General Medical Center (NSU-COM/BGMC) Dermatology Residency Training Program is an Osteopathic program which was founded in 1993 and has produced a total of 34 graduates to date (Figure 1). It is a three-year training program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). There are currently nine residents in total.
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The residents have exposure to a variety of pathology and challenging cases by participating in the care of large numbers of patients seen in various facilities including the sponsoring county hospital, Broward General Medical Center, Specialty Care Clinic at the Broward Health Center for Adult and Pediatric Dermatology, Nova Southeastern University's Sanford Ziff Health Center, and other office clinic settings. The residents attend weekly Grand Rounds at Cedar's Medical Center/University of Miami in conjunction with rotating for one week every ninth week at Cedar's Medical Center, and participate in the weekly Bullous Disease Clinic at Nova Southeastern University as well as weekly dermatopathology lectures and histopathology slide reviews. On a monthly basis, the NSU-COM/BGMC residents attend a formal journal club meeting under the supervision of program director Dr. Skopit.
Additional rotations include Mohs surgery, a nail disorder clinic, dermoscopy and confocal microscopy, radiation-oncology, and pediatric dermatology (Table 1). The residents are responsible for delivering monthly lectures on various dermatology topics to students, interns and residents of other specialties at Broward General Medical Center and Nova Southeastern University. Yearly, the residents serve the public by offering skin cancer screening health fairs in conjunction with the American Cancer Society at Broward General Medical Center. Annually, the NSU-COM/BGMC residents host and run a grand rounds setting on behalf of the Broward Dermatology Society. Over the years, many NSU-COM/BGMC residents have won the coveted Koprince award, which is presented to the top lecture presentation from an Osteopathic Dermatology Residency Program at the annual American Osteopathic College of Dermatology meeting.
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Several residents have not only had arti- cles published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (JAOCD), but also numerous other scientific journals including the JAAD and Archives of Dermatology. For the past five years, residents have submitted an educational poster for display at the annual American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting (Table 2).
Further information can be obtained by contacting:
The Broward General Medical Center's Office of Graduate Medical Education, Phone: (954) 468-5201.


The authors and participants have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.