Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Tech Announce Plan to Open Medical School in Melbourne
Last week, the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) announced an affiliation agreement to bring the first four-year medical school to Brevard County. Officials of both colleges confirmed they expect to welcome 100 students in July 2024, and a first graduating class of medical students in 2028.
“Over the past three years, we have operated a regional academic center in Brevard County for our medical students’ clinical clerkship rotations; 34 of our third- and fourth-year students are currently conducting these rotations,” said John L. Hummer, co-founder and president of BCOM.
The announcement comes as the Florida Hospital Association predicts a shortage of 18,000 physicians by 2035. Nearly half of all currently practicing primary care physicians are expected to retire in the next 15 to 20 years.
“We desperately need the next generation of highly trained physicians around Florida and across our nation,” said Florida Tech Interim President Robert King. “This affiliation with the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine allows Florida Tech and its students to be part of the solution to one of the biggest challenges facing our society today—ensuring adequate access to high-quality medical professionals. We are excited about the prospects.”
The medical school will be located at Florida Tech’s L3Harris Commons through a sublease agreement. Burrell students will have access to Florida Tech’s libraries, fitness facilities, student health services, and housing. The agreement also allows for collaborative research and teaching opportunities between both institutions.
A vital component of the affiliation agreement is the Medical School Pathway program which Florida Tech pre-med students are guaranteed admission into Burrell if they meet the established academic criteria.
For more information on the FIT and BCOM partnership, click here.
Promise in Brevard Enters Agreement for Residents to Achieve Gainful Employment
The City of West Melbourne and Promise in Brevard recently entered into an employment agreement for Promise residents to assist in the processing and mailing of utility payments.
This agreement provides part-time paid employment for more than 10 special needs Promise in Brevard residents. With this initiative, the City is providing an employment opportunity and coaching for residents on the Promise main campus. Through the generosity of The Thakkar Foundation and TD Bank, Promise was able to fund state-of-the art mailing equipment and job coaching hours for this new Promise social enterprise.
Any organizations that send out bulk mailings and have an interest in providing employment opportunities for individuals with special needs should contact Promise President and CEO, Jeff Kiel at [email protected] or (321) 722-7400.
St. Johns River Water Management District Approves Crane Creek Project
Last week another important project to reduce the flow of nutrients into the Indian River came to fruition. The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board voted to approve the execution of a $19.5 million contract to begin construction of the Crane Creek M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project.
The M-1 Canal currently serves as a flood control canal, but over 100 years ago it was originally developed to redirect storm water from 5,300 acres near the St. Johns River to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Along with the millions of gallons of water came thousands of pounds of nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus – two nutrients known to contribute to algal blooms. Once complete, the project will restore the natural flow of the storm water from the IRL back west, where the water will be treated in a storm water treatment area prior to reaching the St. Johns River.
While the primary goal of the project is to reduce nutrient loading to the IRL, it has the secondary benefit of restoring seven million gallons of freshwater flow per day to the St. Johns River, which can in turn be used for alternative water supply downstream.
For more information regarding the Crane Creek M-1 project, click here.
2023 Brevard County Delegation Meeting
The Brevard County Delegation meeting was held with over 75 presenters in a packed, standing room only auditorium at the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners Chambers. Issues of concern ranged from water quality, education, short-term rentals, health care, property insurance, homelessness, Veterans affairs, the space industry, funding initiatives, and much more.
It was very encouraging to see so many citizens and organizations taking their time to engage in County and State government for the betterment of our communities.
If you were unable to attend, please click here to watch the meeting.