ISSUE 112                                                                       January 26, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings
NYCOMEC Annual Board of Directors Meeting

NYCOMEC's Annual  M embership and Boar d of Directors meetings took place on January 20, 2016. The newly elected officers are: 
Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Chairman
Gregory Rokosz, D.O., J.D., Vice-Chairman
Jerry Balentine, D.O., Treasurer
Robert Yost, M.S., Secretary
The Board also elected the 2016 Committee member-ship. Click here to view.
As part of its ongoing strategic planning, the Board Executive Committee will host a 2-day planning retreat during the upcoming year. Information will be disseminated as soon as plans are set. Drs. Gilliar and Broder each thanked the members of the Board for their outstanding efforts over the past year.  
Osteopathic Recognition

The Institute for Family Health in Kingston, NY was the first NYCOMEC member institution to file their application  for Osteopathic Recognition. Dr. Mark Josefski, Administrative Director of Medical Education, described the application process as "painless" and "not difficult at all" and encouraged others to speak with NYCOMEC staff about beginning the application process.  For information on achieving Osteopathic Recognition, please contact NYCOMEC at (516) 686-3730.
NYCOMEC Welcomes New Member Institution:   NYU Hospitals Center

On January 20, 2016, the Board of Directors approved  a request made by NYU Hospitals Center to join NYCOMEC. Ms. Jenny Kakleas,  Corporate Vice President and DIO,  Professional and Academic Affairs at NYU Hospitals Center,  informed the Board that the new entity replaces Lutheran Medical Center as a member. 
Trainee Committee Meeting

The next Trainee Committee meeting will be a teleconference meeting held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm. As a reminder, ALL NYCOMEC Interns, Residents and Fellows are welcome to participate in the meeting to ask questions, share concerns and engage in open discussion; however, only committee representatives are allowed to vote. Please RSVP to Stephanie LaBarbera at 516-686-3952 or
OMM Workshop for NYCOMEC Trainees
Date:               Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time:               9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place:              NYITCOM  Old Westbury Campus
Presenters:       Daniel Van Arsdale, D.O.
                      Francis Yoo, D.O.
RSVP:              January 28, 2016
For more information and to register, please click   here .
2016 Recruitment Brochure 

NYCOMEC's annual recruitment brochure has been published. The 2016 brochure contains more than 40 pages of information describing our OPTI members and their training programs
NYCOMEC distributes these brochures  to potential trainees at national and local recruiting events, hospital day programs, medical school orientation events, club day events, and other GME-related functions.  
2016 NYCOMEC Membership Directory 

NYCOMEC's annual Membership Directory will soon be sent to all member institutions. The directory is provided as a resource to member institutions and includes information such as OPTI governance structure, committee membership, NYCOMEC's Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and other information. 
NYCOMEC Hosted Leadership Dinner at OMEL Conference 

NYCOMEC hosted a hospitality dinner for its members attending the Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders Conference (OMEL) in San Antonio, TX on January 7, 2016. The dinner provided an informal opportunity for members to discuss GME-related concerns and share camaraderie among each other.   
Just Clownin' Around at NYITCOM & Good Samaritan Hospital!
Dr. Patch with Catherine Caronia, D.O., at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams visited NYITCOM on January 12, 2016, and met with students, staff and faculty twice in the Riland Auditorium. The first session covered the topic of Humor and Health and Living a Life of Joy. Afterwards Patch , along with fifteen NYITCOM first and second year students dressed up as clowns, made an appearance at the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. He returned to NYITCOM to discuss The Joy of Caring and Medicine for Fun, Not Funds

ACGME to Accept COMLEX-USA for Fellowship Eligibility  
The ACGME announced on January 11, 2016, that many fellowships will now accept the COMLEX-USA examination on equal footing with the USMLE. This change is specifically related to the "exceptionally qualified candidate" provision included in the ACGME's new Common Program Requirements, which will go into effect on July 1, 2016. A number of Review Committees allow programs to grant an exception to the ACGME Common Program Requirements related to eligibility for prior training. Eligibility criteria for every ACGME-accredited subspecialty can be reviewed on the  ACGME's website. To read more please click here.

8 New ACGME Program Approvals 
Seven Internal Medicine programs and one Dermatology program were recently reviewed by their respective ACGME Review Committee and achieved Initial Accreditation. 

ACGME Common Program Requirments Phase 1 Task Force Seeks Input

The ACGME Common Program Requirements Phase I Task Force will soon begin the process of considering revisions to Section VI of the ACGME Common Program Requirements. An important first step in this process will be to gather input from the GME community on the current requirements in this section, including recommendations for change. This input will be essential in guiding the Task Force as it considers potential revisions to the requirements. Written comments are due on or before February 25, 2016, and can be sent to

Webinar on Achieving Osteopathic Recognition

A  recent AODME Webinar outlining the application process for Osteopathic Recognition is now available online . The program, entitled Navigating the Osteopathic Recognition Process, is conducted by  Tiffany Moss, MBA, Executive Director of Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME. For additional information and assistance regarding Osteopathic Recognition, please contact NYCOMEC at (516) 686-3730.

ACGME Accreditation Case Study
To listen to a recent case study on Magnolia Regional Health Center's pursuit of ACGME accreditation for its institution and programs, as well as Osteopathic Recognition, please  click here.  The case study features David Pizzimenti, D.O., Internal Medicine Program Director at the Missouri facility, as he discusses: 
* Institution and Program Requirements
* Implementing the Requirements
* Application
* Osteopathic Recognition
* Running the Machine
Slides can be downloaded from this link on the AODME website.  For additional information on the Single Accreditation System, please contact NYCOMEC at (516) 686-3730.
Brand Campaign Makes Waves

"The Doctors That DO" national brand awareness campaign, launched on October 17, 2015, has had a huge impact among patients and consumers. Since launch, the website has received almost 100,000 visits, and at least 30,000 "Find Your DO" searches have been performed.
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events

Trainee Committee Meeting


6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
For call-in instructions, call (516) 686-3952.

Trainee OMM Workshop


9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
Old Westbury Campus

Education Committee Meeting


8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Rockefeller Auditorium

NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus

Faculty Development Program immediately following; topic TBA

Faculty Development


9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Rockefeller Auditorium

NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus

AOA OPTI Inspection

4/19 - 4/20/2016

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Old Westbury Campus

Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Meeting


8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location TBA.

Research Poster Competition


Time TBA.

LaGuardia Marriott Hotel

Spring Grand Rounds
Time TBA.
LaGuardia Marriott Hotel
GME Events
ACGME Annual Educational Conference
Feb 25-28, 2016
National Harbor, MD
AACOM Annual Conference
April 6-9. 2016
Washington, DC
AODME Annual Meeting
4/27 - 4/30/2016
Portland, OR
Upcoming Recruitment Events
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) Hospital Day
Glendale, AZ
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