The Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM)- Evara Health Family Medicine Residency Program is an exciting program dedicated to the training, education and development of caring, mature, professionally competent, and family medicine board-eligible physicians. We strive to deliver the highest quality, evidenced-based, compassionate patient-centered care to the community. The program provides diverse clinical training across outpatient and inpatient settings with excellent didactics and active learning methodologies covering the entire spectrum of Family Medicine. The program is based at Evara Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that has been providing affordable, primary care services to residents of Pinellas County, Florida for over 40 years. Evara’s mission is to innovate beyond the barriers that limit access to quality healthcare, ensuring everyone can receive industry-leading services from professional teams that care as much as family. Many of the patients served are considered low-income, with a significant portion falling below the poverty line.
The residency program is part of the Teaching Health Center Planning and Development (THCPD) initiative funded by the Federal Government. The goal of the THCPD initiative is to expand graduate medical education (GME) to FQHCs to close care gaps and address physician shortages in family medicine. The program has 4 residents per class and is primarily focused on outpatient Community care, preparing family physicians to work in FQHCs, public health and private practice, preferably in underserved communities in the Tampa Bay area. The program’s clinical sites include the FHC at Evara Health, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, BayCare St. Joseph South Hospital, Bay Pines VA Hospital, and specialty private practices in the Tampa Bay area. Didactics occur during a weekly academic half-day. Didactics include lectures, case conferences, journal clubs, wellness activities, workshops, in-training exam prep and review, and grand rounds.
During this three-year program, residents will complete a comprehensive family medicine curriculum. Residents will participate in evidenced-based, patient-centered care of people with a wide scope of medical conditions in inpatient, outpatient, residential and community settings. This will allow the residents to gain a full understanding of what family medicine physicians can offer their patients. Residents will be evaluated frequently and provided feedback on their performance and achievement of the ACGME family medicine milestones. Residents are expected to participate in quality improvement projects and complete an academic project during their training.
Although Pinellas County is the 2nd smallest county in Florida by land area, it is the most densely populated (3,498 people per square mile) with nearly one million residents. The demographics for Pinellas County show a population of 82.5% White, 11.1% Black or African American, 3.6% Asian, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 2.3% more than one race. In addition, 10.2% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. The program strives for its residents and faculty to reflect the diversity of the area to better serve the community.
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Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP