Monday, July 14, 2008
First Resident Graduates from Broward General Orthopedic Residency Program
Broward General Medical Center reached a milestone June 28, 2008, graduating its first resident from the osteopathic orthopedic residency program. Scott Greenberg, D.O., a graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, is the first resident to complete his academic and clinical training in orthopedics at Broward General.
The Orthopedic Residency program is among the most recent training programs which now compose the multi-specialty residency programs based at BGMC, including Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Oral Maxillo-Facial Surgery, all of which are affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the College of Dental Medicine.
Under the direction of Program Director Joel Rush, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon, Broward General Medical Center instituted its first orthopedic residency program in July 2006 when the program, formerly based at a Miami hospital, was relocated to Broward General.
According to Dr. Rush, the relocation of the orthopedic residency program to Broward General was a ‘perfect home’ for the training program, citing extensive clinical experience in the emergency and operating rooms, daily patient care rounds and in the clinics as providing the residents not only volume but the breadth of cases from which they are gaining high level skills and training. Broward General’s five-year orthopedic residency program is one of 29 orthopedic osteopathic residencies nationwide, accredited and governed by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
“The first resident to graduate the Broward General orthopedic residency program is not only a great accomplishment and milestone for the hospital and the medical school but is a credit to the continued excellence of osteopathic training in the field of orthopedics,” states Dr. Rush. “Our program is building its reputation, becoming not only desirous but highly competitive throughout the osteopathic community.”
The addition of the orthopedic program offers mutual benefits for the hospital and the community as well as affording training for new specialists. First and foremost, the community at large is afforded increased access to orthopedic care in the clinic where patients are seen by resident physicians under the direction of staff, as well as having enhanced accessibility to residents assisting with daily orthopedic in-patient care.
Patients and staff benefit from having increased physician contact with all orthopedic cases. The residency in itself attracts physicians who are interested in clinical education, thereby increasing the number of physicians on staff as well as participating in the orthopedic training program. It is widely accepted that there is a greater chance for a resident to stay in the area after his/her residency or return to the area after his/her fellowship training. This residency program increases the opportunity to add new orthopedic surgeons to our community and to the hospital staff. The residency program is testament to Broward Health’s commitment to care for the citizens of Broward County.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.
Photo: Dr. Scott Greenberg (left) receives congratulations and a plaque from Dr. Joel Rush at a recent graduation ceremony dinner held at the Signature Grand. Dr. Greenberg is the first graduate of Broward General Medical Center’s osteopathic orthopedic residency program.