Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSUCOM) is a private, non-profit medical school forosteopathic medicine located in Davie, in the U.S. state of Florida. Founded in 1979 as the only osteopathic medical school located in the Southeastern United States, the college is an academic division of Nova Southeastern University. NSUCOM confers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, and is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
Founded in 1979 in North Miami Beach, Florida as the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine (SECOM). In 1986, with the addition of the College of Pharmacy and the College of Optometry, the school became the “Southeastern University of Health Sciences.” In 1994, Southeastern University merged with Nova University, creating Nova Southeastern University. In 1996, Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine moved from North Miami Beach, Florida to Davie, Florida. A fourth health professions college – the College of Dental Medicine – was added in 1997.
First-year medical students are placed into one of ten societies upon matriculation to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. At the white coat ceremony prior to the beginning of the first medical school year, students are officially inducted or “pinned” into their society when they receive their society pin from students already members of 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 ten societies of Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine are named after physicians and educators that have been influential members of the medical community both as osteopathic medical physicians and leaders at either SECOM or NSU-COM.