Largo, FL – Largo Medical Center has recently been named the West Coast Academic Center of Nova Southeastern University.  Since the acquisition of Sun Coast Hospital, Largo Medical Center has operated a medical education program for medical students, residents and fellows. The program provided training for 62 residents and 210 medical students in 2009. Ricky Satcher, Chief Executive Officer of Largo Medical Center, said, “It is an honor and a privilege to provide medical education and training to the future doctors of America.  Our goal is to serve the medical needs of our community in an academic environment that strives for excellence and patient satisfaction. We welcome this opportunity to partner with Nova Southeastern University as its West Coast Academic Center.”

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University has more than 26,000 students.  It is the largest independent institution of higher education in the southeast and it is the 6th largest independent institution nationally.  Its College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition to serving as the West Coast Academic Center for Nova Southeastern University, Largo Medical Center partners with 14 teaching hospitals located in Florida and Georgia through the Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education. “Largo Medical Center’s commitment to medical education ensures that its patients benefit from the latest advancement in medical knowledge while maintaining an outstanding educational program at all levels,” says Anthony Silvangni, D.O., Dean of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Largo Medical Center medical education program enjoyed expansive growth in 2009. Under the leadership of Anthony Ottaviani, D.O., M.P.H., who serves as Chief Academic Officer and Director of Medical Education, the Largo Medical Center medical education program added two new fellowship training programs and one new residency program and increased the number of residents in training by over 30%.

Largo Medical Center’s medical education program is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to train physicians at the post graduate level in the following:

  • Traditional Rotating Internship
  • Family Practice Residency
  • Anesthesiology Residency
  • Dermatology Residency
  • Internal Medicine Residency
  • General Surgery Residency
  • Orthopedic Surgery  Residency
  • Rheumatology Fellowship
  • Cardiology Fellowship
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship
  • Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship

Largo Medical Center is a 456 bed facility located on two campuses.  Services provided to its community include breast care at the Florida Breast Institute, knee care at the Florida Knee and Orthopedic Pavilion, spine care at the Florida Spine and Neuro Center, heart care at the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, respite care at The Retreat at Indian Rocks and emergency, inpatient rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, sleep disorders, wound care and more.  Largo Medical Center is home to the largest Osteopathic medical education program in the southeastern United States.