Broward Hospital Medical Center (BHMC), Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The orthopedic residency at Broward Hospital Medical Center (BHMC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had its origins at a different hospital and in a different county. The program existed five years at Parkway Regional Medical Center in North Miami Beach before moving to its current home at BHMC in 2006.
A respected leader in healthcare since its founding in 1938, Broward Health Medical Center, a nonprofit community health system, is a 716 bed Level 1 Trauma Center and pediatric hospital. There are more than 150,000 adult and pediatric emergency department visits per year with more than 5000 orthopedic surgical procedures performed. The hospital is designated by the State of Florida as “A Statutory Teaching Hospital”. The designation validates the efforts of BHMC GME faculty and staff to ensure its residency programs provide graduates with the skills needed to provide world-class healthcare in the 21st century.
The Orthopedic Residency program at Broward Health Medical Center, which is a partner of the Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME/ OPTI) at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) in Davie, Florida currently has 10 residents (two per year) and has recently been approved to expand to 15 residents. BHMC’s clinical experiences provide residents with not only a large volume but also a vast breadth of cases from which they gain a high level of skill and training.
In addition to the residents’ exposure to an incredible volume and varied scope of operative cases, they cover a very busy emergency room as well as have daily patient care rounds and orthopedic clinics four days a week. With the exception of pediatric orthopedics, BHMC is able to provide all of the training necessary for completion of the residency within the hospital and hospital system and within Broward County. Our pediatric orthopedic experience will be enhanced with our new affiliation with Nicholas Children’s Hospital in Miami (formally Miami Children’s Hospital).
We have with a large contingent of committed community-based and hospital employed physicians who participate in didactics and research in addition to the clinical teaching. Research activities are coordinated and overseen by Dr. Brian Cross, who is also head of our orthopedic trauma service. We have weekly fracture conferences in addition to journal club, grand rounds, and daily didactics. Furthermore, we are lucky to have four private and industry sponsored anatomical dissection and surgical skills training facilities within a short drive from our hospital, affording our residents the opportunity to hone their surgical skills. The residents attend national conferences on fracture care and pathology in addition to attending our own Academy meetings.
Broward Health Medical Center has gained initial institutional accreditation with the ACGME. We are in the process of applying for ACGME accreditation with Osteopathic Recognition for our orthopedic residency program and anticipate receiving full accreditation in the future.
Because clinical experience is our strength, the Broward Health Medical Center orthopedic residency program has and will continue to provide the training necessary for residents to become well-trained board certified orthopedic surgeons.