By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Florida Atlantic University Medicine recently opened its new primary care office staffed by university physicians, which offers busy residents a chance to find time for their health, with Wednesday evening hours until 8 p.m.
The FAU Medicine Primary Care office, 880 NW 13th St., Boca Raton, is opened weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with Wednesday hours from 1-8 p.m.
Appointments are now being taken and walk-ins are welcome, too, according to Leonard Berkowitz, DO, Director of FAU Medicine Primary Care. Dr. Berkowitz is certified in family practice medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.
“There’s a lot of emphasis on preventive care, immunizations and getting what needs to be done preventively,” Dr. Berkowitz said about recent visitors.
While FAU students are taken care in most cases by its student health department, Dr. Berkowitz said the office has already seen a lot of their own FAU faculty as well as family and friends.
Even Owlsley, the FAU Mascot dropped by with FAU Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin for wellness check-ups. Both are healthy and ready for this upcoming FAU Football Season.
“In the community, we’re meeting a lot of new people who have a lot of complex medical issues and we’re getting involved in their care. They either live here year around or in the case of snowbirds, we’re able to get their medical records from where they’re treated up north. (The important thing) is we’re getting involved in their care,” Dr. Berkowitz said.
Currently, the office accepts most major insurances including Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United and Cigna.
At FAU Medicine Primary Care, the interior of the office has a modern look with large windows. Topping out at just under 5,000 square feet, FAU Medicine Primary Care has six exam rooms, including one with a specialized exam table for people with trouble getting up and down and on and off of traditional doctor office exam tables.
Exam rooms also have new TVs where the doctors can bring up labs or any other information with the patient. The office also has a consultation suite, and room to grow a wellness center planned for the near future.
FAU Medicine Primary Care will welcome a second physician on-staff, Nasreen Ghazi, MD, who focuses on women’s health, on May 15.
“Dr. Berkowitz and Dr. Ghazi will be here as full-time physicians and in the future we will start rotating different faculty through the office,” said Joanna L. Drowos, DO, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Associate Chair, Integrated Medical Science Department and Director, Community and Preventive Medicine Clerkship at the FAU Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton.
The office also offers on-site lab draws for blood testing and urinalysis. The age range of patients is 18-and-up. Geriatric consults will start soon.
“We’ve had a medical school here since 2011 and the plan was always that we were going to open a practice with our faculty providing primary care for the community,” Dr. Drowos said. “The gap that we found interesting was non-concierge. There’s a lot of concierge primary care doctors in town who limit the number of patients they see working in a concierge model. Patients have to pay a membership fee in the concierge model and we don’t do that, we are open to the community. For a lot of people who don’t want to pay that fee for a concierge doctor but want a high quality experience, that’s what we’re offering.”
To date, FAU Medicine has over 1,100 doctors as members of their faculty engaged in the education of medical students and in training the next generation of students and residents.
Doctors at FAU Medicine Primary Care are in-tune with all the latest in research going on at the university. This puts patients at forefront clinical trials and research opportunities.
“There’s a real advantage of being part of a practice like that… We are a community based medical school; we have a relationship with all the hospitals in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Many of the private physicians are part of our affiliate or community faculty,” said Dr. Drowos.
For more information on FAU Medicine Primary Care visit FAUMedicine.org or call 561-566-5FAU (5328).