Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Established 1979
Type Private
Dean Anthony J. Silvagni, D.O., Pharm. D., M.Sc., FACOFP
Students 958[1]
Location Davie, Florida, USA
Campus Suburban
480 acres (1.9 km2)

The Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine is the graduate medical school of Nova Southeastern University. It is located in Davie, in the U.S. state of Florida.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine is part of the Health Professions Division of the university. The Health Professions Division, with a student body of more than 2,000, is home to Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the first College of Osteopathic Medicine in the southeastern U.S., granting the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. EMS Education and Training, Master of Science in Medical Informatics, and Master of Public Health are also offered.


The Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine (SECOM) was established in 1979 in North Miami Beach, Florida by Morton Terry, D.O. Following SECOM's success, the College of Pharmacy was added in 1986, followed by the College of Optometry in 1988, creating the Southeastern University of Health Sciences. In 1994, Southeastern University merged with Nova University, creating Nova-Southeastern University. The College of Osteopathic Medicine moved from North Miami Beach, Florida to Davie, Florida, in 1996. A fourth health professions college - the College of Dental medicine - was added in 1997.


The matriculants entering the Class of 2017 had an average MCAT of 28 and an overall GPA of 3.49.[2]


The College of Osteopathic Medicine offers Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), and Master of Biomedical Informatics (M.S.) degrees. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program can also apply for admission into the combined D.O./M.P.H. program. In addition, and in conjunction with the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, the College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a combined D.O./D.M.D. program. Graduates of this six-year program will be qualified for licensure in dentistry and for postgraduate residencies required for medical licensure.


First-year medical students are placed into one of 10 societies upon matriculation to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. At the white coat ceremony prior to beginning of the first medical school year, students are officially inducted or "pinned" into their society when they receive their society pin from upperclassmen in their society. Each society is overseen by a faculty member, who serves as an advisor and mentor to students in their society during their medical school years. Each year, students compete in a variety of social and academic events to earn points for their society. At the end of each year, the society with the most overall points receives the College of Osteopathic Medicine Cup, or COM-Cup.

The 10 societies of the Nova Southeastern University are named after physicians and educators that have been influential members of the medical community both as Osteopathic physicians and leaders at either SECOM or NSUCOM. The names of each society are shown below:

  • Anderson Society: William G. Anderson D.O., first African-American member of the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees, former President of the AOA, and leader of the Albany Movement.
  • Burns Society: Louisa Burns D.O., M.S., leader in early scientific research for Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Klein Society: Robert Klein D.O., former Associate Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and NSU-COM alumnus.
  • Lippman Society: Frederick Lippman R.Ph, Ed.D., Chancellor of the NSU Health Professions Division (1994–present).
  • Silvagni Society: Anthony J. Silvagni D.O., PharmD, M.Sc., Dean of the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (1998–present).
  • Silverman Society: Bradley Silverman D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon and alumnus of the charter class at SECOM.
  • Still Society: Andrew Taylor Still D.O., M.D., founder of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Terry Society: Morton Terry D.O., founder of Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Turner Society: James Turner D.O., Emergency Medicine physician, faculty member at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and NSU-COM alumnus.
  • Zafonte Society: Ross Zafonte D.O., Physiatrist, expert on traumatic brain injury, and NSU-COM alumnus.


Year 1: Basic Sciences[edit]

Year 2: Systems-based Learning[edit]

  • Principles of Pathology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Principles of Clinical Medicine
  • Hematopoietic & Lymphoreticular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Endocrine System
  • Women's Health
  • Integumentary System
  • Renal/Urinary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Pediatrics System
  • Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
  • Osteopathic Principles & Practice III & IV
  • Medical Jurisprudence
  • Medical Ethics
  • HIV Seminar
  • End-of-Life Seminar
  • Rural Medicine
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum (IGC) Preceptorship III & IV
  • Clinical Foundations
  • Board Review

Year 3: Core Clinical Rotations[edit]

  • Family Medicine (2 months)
  • Geriatrics (1 month)
  • Pediatrics (2 months)
  • Internal Medicine (3 months)
  • Surgery (2 months)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (1 month)
  • Psychiatry (1 month)

Year 4: Core Clinical and Elective Rotations[edit]

  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Rural/Underserved rotation (2 months)
  • Rural selective (1 month)
  • Electives (5 months)

Clinical training sites[edit]

During years 3 and 4, students leave NSU-COM's Davie campus to begin clinical rotations. Major affiliated training hospitals include:

Post-graduate placement[edit]

Although NSU-COM has traditionally produced many family medicine physicians, graduates go on to pursue careers in all specialties of medicine. NSU-COM maintains affiliated residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, preventative medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, and dermatology. Fellowship programs are offered in sports medicine, geriatrics, rheumatology, cardiology, forensic pathology, and gynecological oncology.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). AACOM infobook 2014. American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 2013. 
  2. ^ "Admissions Requirements". Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Protecting the brain from spiral of damage". MSNBC. July 24, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 

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