New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 141                                                                                                 June 16, 2017
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Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
Trainee Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Conference Room C
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM  Old Westbury Campus
Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course
12:30 p.m.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing, NY  
OMM Trainee/ Faculty Workshop
6:15 - 9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webin ar:  
The Osteopathic Dermatologist

Peter Ilowite, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM Use in the Emergency Department

Micky Deel, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM Use in the Prenatal Patient

Amanda Deel, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM for Sexual Dysfunction in Females

Tanya Shneyder, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
NYCOMEC Mission Statement

To continually improve the quality and scope of graduate medical education within the continuum of osteopathic medical education. 

NYCOMEC Happenings
Trainee Registration Forms & Hospital Contracts for Academic Year 2017-2018 

NYCOMEC has been assisting its member institutions with all documentation requirements related to contracts, registration, completion of training and verification of education.  We are currently processing the trainee registration forms and hospital contracts for the new academic year (2017-2018). The Registration Form  can be found on NYCOMEC website under Resources. Please be reminded to submit them before your trainees begin the academic year. 

In addition, please notify NYCOMEC of any trainee status changes, (i.e. medical leave, resignation or termination) by contacting Stephanie LaBarbara, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, at 516.686.3730.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

These webinars are for NYCOMEC Trainees, Faculty, Medical Staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM Students.

The Osteopathic Dermatologist
June 21, 2017
12:00 noon
Peter Ilowite, D.O.Assistant Clinical Professor, Dermatology, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
NYCOMEC Trainee Committee Meeting - June 21, 2017

The NYCOMEC Trainee Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room C in the Serota Building at NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus. In addition to providing residents & fellows with GME-related information, the NYCOMEC Trainee Committee serves as a forum for open discussion among trainees, as required by the ACGME. Kindly encourage your trainees to attend this and all future Trainee Committee meetings. Refreshments will be served. 
OMM Workshop for NYCOMEC Trainees and Faculty

An OMM Workshop, taught by the NYITCOM's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and designed for the NYCOMEC's trainees and faculty, will take place on  Wednesday, August 2, 2017, from   6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the OMM laboratory located on the first floor in Serota Academic Center, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury Campus.

Preregistration is required. Due to limited space please RSVP by Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Dinner will be provided starting 5:00 p.m.
NYCOMEC's Extended Faculty Development Program Draws Large Crowd

More than 80 faculty from our member institutions, as well as many more participating via teleconference, attended NYCOMEC's Extended Faculty Development Program on June 8, 2017 at the NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus. 

Samuel Sandowski,M.D., Vice President  of Medical Education, D.I.O., and Director, Family M edicine Residency Program, South Nassau Communities Hospital, presented on the oversight responsibilities of Sponsoring Institutions with ACGME-accredited programs. His discussion covered the functions of the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) and Program Evaluation Committee (PEC); specifically their roles in supporting the Sponsoring Institution in ensuring quality training programs and adherence to ACGME Standards. He also provided an overview of the process and criteria required in preparing the Sponsoring Institution's Annual Institutional Report (AIR). 

Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O. , D.F.A.C.N., National Author & Chair, American Osteopathic Association's Physician Wellness Taskforce and a practicing Psychiatrist in Sterling Heights, MI, gave a thought-provoking presentation on the prevalence of burnout, depression and suicidal ideation among physicians at the different stages of their careers (e.g., student, resident, practicing physician, and retired physician). Dr. Piccinini's recent article, which was published by the National Academy of Sciences in March 2017, provided the framework for his presentation, in which he reviewed possible influences contributing to the escalation of physician burnout and suicide, signs and symptoms, and what actions, both individual and institution-wide, can be adopted to reduce the trend.

Emphasis was placed on facilitating wellness through a multi-pronged approach that incorporates education, mentorship/positive modeling, resources, and the opportunity for candid discussion without fear of punitive action.  Also, an  article, titled Advice for Physicians Struggling with Burnout or Mental Illness and published in The DO, quoted Dr. Piccinini on how to address burnout, depression and suicide. To read the article please click here.

Both programs were recorded and are available to our member institutions. Please contact NYCOMEC's office at 516.686.3730 for access codes. 

NYCOMEC Members Shared Camaraderie at Summer BBQ

Following the NYCOMEC faculty development program, attendees joined our guest speakers for a summer barbecue on the grounds of NYITCOM and continued the conversation on physician wellness and ACGME compliance. Pictured above (left to right) are: Drs. Peter Guiney, Catherine Caronia, Peter Urazov, Sherman Dunn, Eleonora Akker, Robert Piccinini, Ulrick Vieux, and Mr. Robert Yost.
AODME Upcoming Webinars

Scholar Overview: Demystifying Medical Research Projects, Part 1
Monday, June 19, 2017; 4:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Robert W. Hostoffer, D.O., Ph.D. and Brian P. Peppers, D.O., Ph.D.
A guided workshop through specific tasks to help create a fun miniature research project which can be carried out in a longer form later.

Scholar Overview: Demystifying Medical Research Projects, Part 2
Monday, June 26, 2017; 4:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Robert W. Hostoffer, D.O., Ph.D. and Brian P. Peppers, D.O., Ph.D.
The conclusion of a workshop on the essential steps in beginning and seeing through a medical research project.

The ACGME Accreditation Site Visit
Wednesday, August 23, 2017; 4:00 p.m. EST
Presenter: Ingrid Philibert, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Current and practical information about the ACGME accreditation site visit in the Single Accreditation System.

For more information and to register please click here.
June 30, 2017, Is the Deadline to  Update and Verify Program Information in AOA Opportunities 

All AOA-accredited programs must update and verify their program information for the 2017-2018 academic year on or before June 30, 2017 to avoid possible financial penalties. To access Opportunities, please visit their webpage

If you need assistance please emai l or call  (312) 202-8289. For more information please click   here .
New Task Force on Clinical Training & the Continuum of Osteopathic Medical Education 

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has established a new task force that will embark on a strategic process of examining and responding to changes in the health care system and in medical education that may impact osteopathic medical education (OME). Over the next three years, the task force will examine the current environment, build strategy, and execute initiatives related to clinical training throughout the continuum of OME. Read more.
ACGME Summer Spotlight Webinar Series in June

The ACGME will host five webinars highlighting the top-rated sessions from the 2017 Annual Educational Conference. There is no cost to the graduate medical education community.  All webinars begin 11:00 a.m. (EST).
  • June 20, 2017 - Coaching in Medicine: An Alternative Strategy for Trainee, Faculty, and Leadership Development
  • June 21, 2017 - Resident Death by Suicide: The GME Office's Role in the Response and Management
  • June 23, 2017 - Utilizing Mega Planning Theory in the Development of New GME Programs: A CLER Vision
To register and find more information about the webinars, click here.     
E-mail questions to
The Basics of Accreditation for New Program Coordinators - 2017 Workshops 

The ACGME is conducting workshops for new program coordinators at its Headquarters in Chicago on:   

  • July 17-18: Colon and Rectal Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology;
  • July 24-25: Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation;
  • July 31-August 1: Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery.
For more information and to register, click here
Common Program Requirements Section VI Implementation

Section VI of the Common Program Requirements was approved by the ACGME Board of Directors in February, 2017, and where applicable, language and Program Requirement numbers have been updated in specialty-specific Program Requirement documents, FAQs, and applications. This language will be effective July 1, 2017.

Common Program Requirements Section VI Implementation Table Available 
The effective date of the major revision of Section VI is July 1, 2017, and programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, must begin working toward the implementation of the new Section VI elements immediately. However, because programs and institutions will need time to develop and implement resources and activities to comply with the new requirements related to patient safety, quality improvement, and well-being, no citations will be issued on the majority of the requirements in these areas before July 1, 2019. 

A table  indicating the date upon which each requirement will be subject to citation is available on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of each specialty's section of the website, as well as on the Common Program Requirements page and at

E-mail any questions related to the Common Program Requirements or implementation of Section VI specifically to
ADS Annual Update

The ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS) for 2017-2018 Academic Year Annual Updates will be scheduled from July through September 2017. All required data must be reported on or before a program's scheduled deadline. An initial notification e-mail will be sent at the beginning of the reporting time frame with annual update requirements. E-mail any questions to .
Review Committee News: Surgery

A presentation entitled S urgery Review Committee Update Spring 2017 , has been posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Surgery  section of the ACGME website.  E-mail your questions to the ACGME Executive Director Donna Lamb .
In the News
Retirement Breakfast Honoring Dr. Ross-Lee 

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., the first African-American woman to be named dean of an U.S. medical school, said farewell to NYITCOM faculty and staff on June 9, 2017, during a breakfast at de Seversky Mansion, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus.  

To read about her impact on the osteopathic profession on The DO please click here.
How Conducting Research Can Advance Your Career and the Osteopathic Profession

In the single GME accreditation system, residency program directors, faculty members, residents and fellows will be required to engage in scholarly activity. The AOA's research department is putting together a Research Readiness Program to help the new researchers understand research basics. 

To read the article in The DO please click here.
Could you be the next face of the Doctors That DO brand campaign?

The AOA's Doctors That DO brand awareness campaign, launched in 2015, has led to over 1 million visits to  DoctorsThatDO.orgthe campaign's consumer health website, and 350,000 Find Your DO physician profile views. The AOA plans to extend the campaign into 2018 and is seeking new faces to continue its efforts.

To read more please click here.
Commendation Corner
HONOR Awards TouroCOM - Middletown Campus for Community Service 

Kenneth Steier, D.O., M.B.A. , Executive Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, accepted on June 15, 2017, the Community Service Award for TouroCOM - Middletown Campus's partnership with HONOR (Helping Others Needing Our Resources), a not-for-profit o rganization that provides housing assistance. TouroCOM - Middletown students have been performing health screens under faculty supervision for the residents of the HONOR shelter twice a month since 2015.  

To read more please click here.
RWJBarnabas Health Named to Modern Healthcare's 2017 List of Best Places to Work in Healthcare

RWJBarnabas Health has been named to Modern Healthcare's 2017 list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare, a compilation of healthcare organizations that provide excellent work environments and outstanding benefits to their employees.

To read more please click here. To see the list please click here.
Dr. Kuntz Selected to Serve on the AADPRT

Stephanie Kuntz, D.O., Psychiatry Resident, Orange Regional Medical Center, and Trainee Committee Representative, NYCOMEC Graduate Medical Education Committee, will be one of four residents in ACGME programs that will serve as a resident consultant to the Diversity Committee for 2017-2018 year for American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT). Congratulations Dr. Kuntz!
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Stroke Care
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center  received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesĀ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To read more, please click here.