Tye Barber, DO
Welcome from the Program Director
We appreciate your interest in Broward Health Family Medicine. As you click around our website, you will find our program is unique in many ways.
Our program is ideal for motivated individuals seeking robust training in both inpatient and outpatient medicine. Your inpatient education will take place at Broward Health, one of the ten largest public hospital systems in the United States. We are nationally recognized by our system’s 1500-plus beds, Level 1 Trauma Center, and the county’s first certified liver transplant program and stroke center. In addition to taking care of patients in our community, we are responsible for providing medical services involving Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the Port Authority, and the cruise line industry. Our program has its own inpatient team with a substantial patient census guaranteed to provide our residents with significant exposure to a diverse patient population with extensive pathologies. You will not find many other family medicine residency programs that will provide such a vigorous hospital-training experience. Our outpatient clinic is uniquely located on a medical school campus at Nova Southeastern University. It is in our busy family medicine clinic that our residents work directly under the supervision of medical school faculty in an academic environment. Each resident manages his or her own patient panel and is supported by the attending physicians, medical assistants, and administrative personnel in a congenial environment. Finally, all of our residents are actively involved in research and are encouraged to pursue endeavors in their areas of interest. When you complete our program, you will be equipped to provide medical care in any setting, both inpatient and outpatient, in our nation’s intricate healthcare system.
Finally, we are very proud of our residents. Take a look at their bios and you will discover a diverse group of budding family physicians eager to serve the ever-changing world around them. Take a look at the Instagram page to see some of the activities that our residents have participated in. They are graduates of American and international osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) medical schools. They hail from all parts of the world including Afghanistan, Haiti, Iran, and Cuba. Some are first-generation Americans and others are the first in their families to go to college and move on to professional careers. Many enjoyed successful careers in various fields including biotechnology before pursuing careers as primary care providers. Take a look at some of our Alumni. Our graduates have gone on to pursue fellowships in subspecialties like Sports Medicine and Palliative Medicine while others have gone on to work for prestigious institutions like Broward Health, Holy Cross, Kaiser Permanente, and Baylor University. No matter where you are from or whatever your background, you will find yourself at home with Broward Health Family Medicine.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Tye E. Barber, DO, PhD
Broward Health Family Medicine Residency Program
About the Program
The Broward Health Family Medicine Residency Program, in affiliation with Nova Southeastern University, is committed to train knowledgeable family physicians capable of providing compassionate, comprehensive, and culturally-competent health care in a complex medical environment.
Our curriculum emphasizes the life-long acquisition of medical knowledge, the development of interpersonal and professional skills, and the value of the bedside manner. In contrast to most other family medicine program programs, ours challenges each resident with managing a large patient census at a large community-based hospital as well as their own patient panels in an academic outpatient clinic.
Under the guidance of our experienced attending physicians and faculty, our residents’ fund of knowledge is cultivated via exposure to diverse pathology, the most recent updates in technology, and hands-on training. Our graduates have gone on to fellowships, academia, and practice in the inpatient and outpatient settings. They truly are prepared to practice and lead as family physicians and primary care providers in any clinical setting in the nation.
- First residency program at Broward Health.
- Only family medicine residency program in all of Broward County.
- Inpatient training at one of the largest public hospital systems in the nation.
- Outpatient training on campus at Nova Southeastern University. Highlights of the NSU Ziff Family Medicine Residency Clinic.
- Work with a unique, culturally diverse patient population.
- Enriching rotations in sports medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, surgery, cardiology, psychiatry, nursery, community medicine, palliative medicine, and the business of medicine.
- Weekly didactic lectures including those by specialists, pharmacists, business and financial advisors, and lawyers.
- Endless research opportunities with full support of attending physicians and faculty.
- Freedom to utilize OMT in the outpatient setting.
- Opportunity to learn and participate in common Family Medicine procedures.
- Daily meal stipend at all Broward Health hospitals.
- Moonlighting permitted after the first year.
- Full reimbursement for COMLEX Level 3/USMLE Step 3 exams.
- Competitive salary and benefits with no state income tax.
- Broward Health Family Medicine Residency Instagram Page.
- Live and work within minutes of the beach and world-class restaurants in beautiful downtown Fort Lauderdale.
- Only 10 minute drive to Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL).
- Less than 1 hour drive from Miami, one of the world’s cultural epicenters.
Family Medicine Inpatient
The FM inpatient service provides care for patients from the Sanford L. Ziff Clinic and local Broward community who require hospitalization. This service is composed of two first-year residents and two senior residents who are supervised by Family Medicine attendings. While on FM inpatient service, residents have the opportunity to participate in morning report, attend noon-time CME didactics and interact with a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. This service provides an opportunity for residents to care for a diverse patient population with a wide array of medical conditions. With the team structure residents develop leadership skills, gain confidence in patient care management and have the opportunity to teach medical students.
Family Medicine Ambulatory Care Clinic
The NSU Sanford L. Ziff Clinic is the ambulatory site for the residents’ continuity of care experience. The residents longitudinally provide preventive care, primary acute and chronic care, with gradual autonomy under the supervision of a group of well-trained family physicians. The residents provide care to patients who are diverse in age, ethnicity, and pathology. Over the 3-year period residents build their confidence and develop great doctor-patient relationships.
Residents have the opportunity to rotate with Broward Health affiliated physicians at their health care clinic or pursue additional electives allowing exposure to the healthcare needs of underserved population. Residents have the ability to enhance their primary care disease management skills in this outpatient setting while also obtaining cultural competency skills.
During this month, residents work with a cardiology group to provide inpatient cardiac care. They are responsible for cardiac consults, orders, and medical management. This includes management of arrhythmias, acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema, code situations, hypotension, and complications of anticoagulation/thrombolytic therapy.
Residents work with a Dermatologist in the private practice setting, but also assist with consults in the hospital and can participate in a monthly clinic within the hospital outpatient clinic for the underserved population. This rotation allows residents to strengthen their confidence and skills in diagnosing and managing a variety of skin conditions. They also obtain experience performing skin biopsies, cryotherapy, and other dermatologic procedures.
Our EM department at BHMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center and exposes our residents to a large volume of patients and exposure to emergency situations in all levels of acuity. The residents gain an exciting hands-on opportunity to care for adults and pediatric patients. With BHMC being a safety net hospital, residents are exposed to a fast paced environment with a variety of medical conditions, levels of acuity, opportunity to be involved in procedures, as well as contributing to patient and family care needs. Senior residents also have the opportunity to rotate at the Broward Health Coral Spring ER.
Residents on the general surgery rotations work with a private surgical group of physicians, at Coral Springs Medical Center. They provide care to patients both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The residents learn common surgical procedures, indications for referral, as well as perioperative and postoperative management.
During the palliative medicine rotation, residents have the opportunity to work with a Palliative Medicine/Pain Specialist at Broward Heath and see patients both in an outpatient and inpatient setting. They also can see patients in a local assisted living facility.
Residents work with the Pediatrics Department at Broward Health Coral Springs to develop skills to care for acutely ill children in a hospital setting. On this rotation they participate in daily teaching rounds, where cases are discussed in entirety to provide complete medical care to Broward Health’s youngest patients. During their 3 years at Broward, they also have an opportunity to master their skills in the care of healthy newborn infants in the newborn nursery.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
On this rotation, residents work closely with board certified OB/GYN physicians in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Residents are exposed to the full scope of OB/GYN. The residents work in the GYN clinic learning how to manage general GYN complaints and have a chance to participate in various GYN procedures. They work closely with the OB/GYN attendings to learn about prenatal and postpartum care and learn to triage and manage high-risk patients. Residents gain experience caring for laboring mothers, performing deliveries and assisting in OB/GYN surgeries and procedures.
During these rotations residents are exposed to common musculoskeletal conditions that are seen in the outpatient sports medicine clinics. These rotations help residents gain confidence in performing musculoskeletal examinations, sports physicals, and injections.
These rotations allow residents the flexibility of choosing rotations that will enhance their medical training and strengthen their skills as they pursue their own professional interests. Residents can choose from established electives or work with the program director to seek an elective in their own area of interest.
For these rotations, residents select from a list of Medicine services offered throughout BHMC. The medicine selection list includes; Allergy & Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology.
Residents spend 4 weeks during the first year on this inpatient psychiatry rotation learning to evaluate, triage, and manage various mental health conditions. They evaluate patients through the ER as well as patients that are voluntarily and involuntarily admitted directly to the psychiatry department inpatient service. Residents are also exposed to consults in the inpatient setting dealing with matters such as determination of capacity to make decision, difficulty coping with a diagnosis, altered mental status, and other topics relevant to the specialty.
We are happy to offer a limited number of externships/sub-internships to active 4th year medical students who will be graduating from medical school.
Curriculum and ExperienceStudents will have the opportunity to spend time with our residents and faculty on our resident-led inpatient service. Students will get the opportunity to interact with patients, present during rounds, and attend weekly didactics sessions. 2 week and 4-week rotations are available.
Students must be a 4th year medical student in good standing. The rotation will be contingent on upon approval of program director and proper completion of paperwork.
Please apply on VSLO website. If you have any additional questions please reach out to our Program Coordinator, Vanessa Edward-George at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Clinic Experience Do the Residents Get at their Family Medicine Residency Clinic?
The Family Medicine Residency Clinic is located at the Ziff Building located at the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. PGY1s spend 1-2 days a week during most of their rotations at the clinic. PGY2s and PGY3s currently spent almost two out of their four weeks, typically alternating weeks, for most of their rotations at the Family Medicine Clinic. During their Inpatient Family Medicine Rotation, the residents typically spend two days during that four week block at the clinic. PGY2s currently have one whole block (four weeks) of clinic whereas PGY3s have two whole blocks of clinic. The residents get a well rounded and extensive clinic experience.
What is the Family Medicine Clinic Experience Like for Residents?
PGY1s spend the first six months of residency seeing patients at the Family Medicine clinic with senior residents, typically PGY3s, and learn to use the electronic health system. Starting in January of their PGY1 year, residents see patients scheduled under their own names and develop a continuity patient panel. They get to work with medical students and precept to academic Family Medicine attendings. Residents get to see some common but also some unique pathology that may not be seen at other clinics. Some patients specifically come to our clinic, even if they don’t live close by, so that they can be seen by residents.
How Does the Inpatient Family Medicine Service Operate?
The Inpatient Family Medicine Service is truly a resident run service. The Inpatient Family Medicine Service consists of two interns (PGY1s) and two seniors residents. The residents have the opportunity to interact with other residents, specialists, NPs, and PAs. The Inpatient Medicine Attendings consist of Family Medicine Faculty who typically alternate on a weekly basis. The residents have about 10-11 four week blocks of inpatient medicine during their three years of residency. Residents get to see some common but also some unique pathology that may not be seen at other hospitals.
What is the Typical Census for the Inpatient Family Medicine Service?
The census can fluctuate but typically averages around 4-8 patients.
What is the Inpatient Call Schedule Like for Residents?
The Inpatient Family Medicine Service is On Call to admit patients every 5th day (for 12 hours). The number of patients admitted on a call day typically averages 4-8 patients but has been as low as 1-2 patients or as high as 10-13 patients. Any patients from the Nova Family Medicine Clinic can be admitted at any time to the service but this occurs very infrequently.
Is There a Night Float Team?
There is currently no Family Medicine Night Float team. The interns (PGY1s) answer the pager during the daytime with the assistance of the senior residents while the senior residents alternate taking the pager at night. There are days and nights when there are no or minimal pages.
Outside of the Family Medicine Rotations, what some other rotations residents rotate through throughout residency?
Residents rotate through enriching rotations including sports medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, surgery, cardiology, psychiatry, nursery, community medicine, palliative medicine, and the business of medicine.
Are the Rotations Unopposed?
Some of the rotations that residents rotate through, such as Inpatient Pediatrics at BHCS, are unopposed. However, residents typically do not have issues seeing patients even if they have rotations with non-Family Medicine residents.
Is there a Nursing Home Experience?
PGY2 and PGY3 residents see their continuity nursing home patients at Broward Nursing Home and Rehab once a month. Several weeks a year, they rotate with the Nursing Home Attending at the nursing home once a week and serve as the NSU/Nursing Home On Call Resident to answer any after hour or weekend calls from any NSU clinic, usually minimal. PGY1’s start seeing nursing home patients towards the end of their PGY1 year.
What Electronic Medical Record do you use?
Broward Health uses Cerner. There is a tentative plan to switch to Epic EMR by late 2024. NSU clinics use NextGen. The Nursing Home uses PointClickCare. You may utilize other electronic health medical systems in different rotations.
Do Residents Get Elective Opportunities?
Residents currently get the opportunity to pursue electives of their interest throughout the three years of their Residency. Electives residents have participated in include Family Medicine Clinic, Inpatient Family Medicine, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Ob-Gyn, Dermatology, and much more.
Do Residents get Pediatric Exposure?
Residents get some Pediatric exposure throughout the three years of their residency. Pediatric rotations include one block of Inpatient Pediatrics, two blocks of Outpatient Pediatrics, one block of Nursery, and one block of Pediatrics ER. Residents may on occasion also see a few pediatric patients, typically teenagers, at the Family Medicine Clinic.
Do Residents get Exposure to Women’s Health?
Residents get extensive Women’s Health exposure. Residents rotate through the Outpatient Gynecology Clinic at the Nova Ziff Center and have two blocks of Obstetrics in which they rotate at an underserved Obstetrics Clinic for several days and then participate in vaginal deliveries in the Labor and Delivery during the rest of their rotation week. Residents also perform Female Wellness exams including Pelvic exam and Pap smears at the Family Medicine Clinic.
Are there Opportunities for Procedures?
Residents have the opportunity to participate in procedures throughout residency. Residents are able to learn how to do US-guided injections during their Sport Medicine Rotation. They are able to participate in common dermatology procedures like cryotherapy or suturing or skin biopsies during their dermatology rotation. There is a monthly Derm Clinic held in the afternoon at the BHMC outpatient clinic in which 1-3 residents each month have the opportunity to participate in a few dermatologic procedures. Residents can also learn about placing central lines during central line training with the Broward Health Chief Medical Officer. They can participate in IUD insertions during their Outpatient Gynecology rotation or suture lacerations during their ER rotations. Additionally, residents can scrub into surgical cases during their Surgery rotation. Residents perform Pap Smears at the Family Medicine clinic and have the opportunity to pursue common Family Medicine procedures at the clinic as the opportunity avails.
What are Didactics Like?
Currently, didactics are held Wednesdays where all residents in the program gather either virtually or in-person. Usually, didactics begin with a case presentation by the Inpatient Resident Service team with appropriate discussion, followed by lectures from other residents, attending physicians in different specialties, and other invited academic guests. Journal club is sometimes incorporated into didactics and at other times held on a separate day. Finally, we work on few board-style review questions as a group.
What are Some Other Educational Academic Opportunities?
There are Broward CME lectures held most days of the week virtually and some in person, typically during the lunch period. There are plenty of enriching educational academic opportunities almost on a daily weekday basis.
Do Residents Have the Opportunity to Interact with Medical Students?
Medical students, mostly from Nova Southeastern University, rotate at many of the same rotations that Family Medicine Residents rotate through. Additionally, the Family Medicine Resident have the opportunity to teach medical schools basic skills including male/female genital exam, suturing, placing IVs, or specific physical exam skills as the opportunity avails. Medical students rotate through the Family Medicine Clinic at Nova Ziff as well as the Inpatient Family Medicine Service.
Are there Opportunities to Attend Conferences?
Residents have the opportunity to attend Broward or Nova Conferences such as the Broward Health Cardiovascular Symposium. Several residents also have attended State and National Conferences like the FAFP Spring or Summer Summits or the ACOFP National Conference.
Are there Opportunities for Research/Case Reports/Poster Presentations?
Residents are required to participate in a yearly Choosing Wisely Project and GME Research Symposium. One team of residents represents the Family Medicine Program in the GME-wide Choosing Wisely Competition and also the GME-wide Research Symposium. Residents have presented posters at conferences like the ACOFP National Conference. Additionally, residents have published case reports with medical students and attendings.
Do you Use Ultrasonography?
The residents have the opportunity to utilize ultrasonography during several of their rotations such as Sports Medicine and Adult Emergency Medicine. There are CME sessions and didactic sessions held as well dedicated to the use of ultrasonography. Additionally, the Residency Program utilizes a portable ultrasound device that residents are able to use to enhance their ultrasonography skills.
Can Residents Utilize OMT?
The residents can use OMT in both inpatient and outpatient settings but typically it is utilized by some at the Outpatient Family Medicine Residency Clinic. There have been didactics sessions as well on OMT.
Are there Wellness Activities?
Past wellness events have included a private boat ride through our most iconic waterways, casual outings to a bar-restaurant setting, more formal dinners, catered time at a popular national driving range chain, and catered all-day rental of a pavilion at the beach. Broward Health also hosts several wellness events throughout the year and there is a Wellness Center located at BHMC. Our residency family is very close, and we enjoy spending time together in and outside of work. You can see some of the activities that residents have participated in on our Instagram page.
What are the Pay and Benefits?
How Many Vacation/Personal Time Off (PTO) Days do Residents Get?
PGY1 residents get 15 days of vacation/PTO whereas PGY2s and PGY3s get 20 days of vacation/PTO.
Is Moonlighting Allowed?
Moonlighting is allowed and encouraged by the Program Director. Residents are able to obtain their unrestricted licensure after successfully passing their Step 3/Comlex 3 and completing their PGY1 year (or PGY2 year in the case of IMGs). Moonlighting can occur during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years for licensed residents in good academic standing in the program, as per ACGME requirements. Moonlighting must not interfere with a resident’s primary responsibilities to the program.
What to Graduates End Up Pursuing after Residency?
Our graduates have gone on to pursue fellowships in subspecialties like Sports Medicine and Palliative Medicine while others have gone on to work for prestigious institutions like Broward Health, Holy Cross, Kaiser Permanente, and Baylor University. Most of our graduates tend to work in an outpatient primary care setting whereas a few have gone on to become hospitalists.
Are Boards (Step 3/Comlex 3) Covered?
Step 3 and Comlex 3 can be reimbursed.
What are Your USMLE/Complex Requirements?
Applicants must pass USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK, and 2 CS prior to starting residency.
Does Your Program Accept International Medical Graduates?
Does Your Program Sponsor Visas or Accept EADS (Employment Authorization Documents)?
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