South Florida Set to Become Major Hub for Health Care as Medical Education Expands

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health
South Florida medical education has recently seen a boom by rapidly expanding and upgrading medical schools in the region. On February 4, 2016, the University of Miami (UM) announced that it has received a $50 million donation for a new state-of-the-art building to house its medical education program. Along with UM, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Florida International University (FIU), have been busy improving medical education and residency programs.

A Shortage of Doctors.

Medical education expansion is much needed as health groups are predicting a shortage of physicians. In Florida, two state health groups are predicting a shortage of 7,000 physicians by 2025. Before 2009, south Florida had only two medical schools: UM, which only has a traditional medical doctor (M.D.) program and NSU, which has a doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) program. After the upcoming expansion, the south Florida region will have a total of five medical schools and additional medical training programs.

“This is good for the area,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, dean of UM’s medical school. “It’s difficult to be the only medical school. It’s important to have a mass effect of people who are very well educated and who are engaged in research activity and medical care.” To read more on this expansion, click here.

New State-of-the-Art Medical Education Facility.

The region’s oldest medical school, UM, is getting a makeover as some of the facilities are now more than 50 years old. The new facility will include 21st century technology including flat screens, state-of-the-art wireless technology, a teleconferencing center and a large auditorium. According to the dean, UM and its 800 medical students, is now ranked as one of the top 50 best research medical schools in the country.

Adding a Second Medical School.

NSU recently announced that it hired Dr. Johannes W. Vieweg, director of the University of Florida’s Prostate Disease Center, as a founding dean to assist in opening a second medical school. The new traditional medical school is designed to help meet the doctor shortage, according to NSU’s President George Hanbury. It has a goal of graduating about 150 physicians a year. The osteopathic medical program at NSU has about 250 doctors in its residency training program, which has doubled in the last decade. The M.D. program will focus more on research while the D.O. program focuses more on patient care in rural and underserved areas.

Adding More Residency Programs.

FAU medical school is also looking to grow and improve. It welcomes its third class of hospital residents in internal medicine and has applied for two more residencies in surgery and emergency medicine. According to FAU officials, the medical school received almost 4,300 applications for 64 spots and the residency program received nearly 4,400 applications for only 36 spots.     

Following the growth path, FIU currently serves about 480 students and has been steadily expanding since 2009. It also recently opened a new residency training program in family medicine. “We’re actively increasing the residencies, because obviously, we want our students to stay here in South Florida and train,” stated Dr. John Rock, dean of FIU’s medical school.     
To read one of our prior blogs on medical education including the shortage of doctors, click here.

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Travis. Scott. “South Florida undergoes boom in medical education.” Sun Sentinel. (January 31, 2016). Web.

“New UM president Frenk discusses plans for medical school.” Miami Herald. (January 31, 2016). Web.

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The
Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law
Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida area.
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