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State Grant Supports South Nassau’s Mission to Train Next Generation of Physicians

South Nassau Communities Hospital has been awarded a grant of $303,187 from the New York State Department of Health under its Doctors Across New York Ambulatory Care Training Program. The program was established to help train and place physicians in underserved communities in a variety of settings and specialties to care for New York’s diverse population.

South Nassau was one of only 17 hospitals to be awarded funding from the program. The funding will be used to expand opportunities for training medical residents and educating medical students in non-hospital-based ambulatory care sites, the settings in which most primary care providers will practice throughout their careers. The project will be carried out through affiliation agreements with two freestanding ambulatory care sites: Primary Health Care Plus, located in Franklin Square, which operates under the direction of Jacqueline Delmont, MD, and at a second location operated by Dr. Delmont, Jacqueline Delmont MD, PC, a community-based private practice located in Freeport.

"While the healthcare system in New York and across the country is changing rapidly, one aspect of the system isn’t and won’t, and that is the enduring need for compassionate, dedicated physicians with world-class medical training and education who will ensure that patients have access to standard-setting, patient-centered healthcare services,” said Linda Efferen, MD, South Nassau’s chief medical officer.

“This grant will help our residency program fulfill its mission to train and prepare the next generation of physicians to meet the healthcare needs of their patients,” added Samuel Sandowski, MD, director of the Family Practice Residency Program.

To date, South Nassau’s residency program has graduated nearly 150 residents. It has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for more than 30 years and was awarded accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association in 2008. The program provides advanced clinical assignments and training opportunities with hospital-based and community physicians encompassing ambulatory, in-patient and emergency services. The hospital sponsors a three-year, post-graduate Family Practice Residency Program that is affiliated with SUNY Stony Brook Health Science Center and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Education Consortium, as well as a Podiatry Residency Program. It offers undergraduate clinical experiences for medical students from Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook, SUNY at Brooklyn, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Ross University Medical School.

South Nassau also has an integrated residency program in surgery with Nassau University Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital as well as residency rotations in pediatrics for residents from Winthrop-University Hospital; in obstetrics and gynecology with Nassau University Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital and in physical medicine and rehabilitation with Nassau University Medical Center.

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