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 The College of Medicine recently named new directors for three of its seven residency programs.

Claudia Kroker-Bode, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the internal medicine residency program at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.  Nathan Falk, M.D., was chosen to become the founding director of a new family medicine residency program in Winter Haven, and Alfred Gitu, M.D., has assumed leadership of the family medicine residency program at Lee Health in Fort Myers.

Kroker-Bode replaces Gregory Todd, M.D., J.D., who now serves as the College of Medicine’s clerkship director for advanced internal medicine and as director of the FSU Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law.

Gitu replaces founding program director Gary Goforth, who retired following 35 years as an academic family physician.

Falk currently is medical director and associate program director of the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Orlando. He will join the College of Medicine's program at Winter Haven Hospital in September.

Florida State and Winter Haven Hospital have applied with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to establish the new residency program. The length of the accreditation process and other preparations will make it likely that the program’s first residents will arrive in 2020.

The three-year program is expected to admit six new residents each year for a total of 18. In addition to receiving in-depth training in the field of family medicine, the residents will train and provide care in a community with significant needs for more primary-care physicians.


Photo inset (l-r): Kroker-Bode, Falk and Gitu.