New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 140                                                                                                 June 2, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program: 
CCC/APE/AIR- Alphabet Soup of ACGME Evaluations
Samuel Sandowski, M.D.
9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program: 
Addressing Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession
Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O., DFACN
10:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course
12:30 p.m.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing, NY  11355
OMM Trainee/Faculty Workshop
6:15 - 9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM & the Athlete

Matthew Hayes, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
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
Education Committee Meeting and Extended Faculty Development Program Scheduled for June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017
8:00 a.m. GMEC Meeting
9:50 a.m. Extended Faculty Development Program
Rockefeller Auditorium, NYITCOM, Old Westbury Campus

9:50 a.m.
Samuel Sandowski,M.D., Vice President of Medical Education, D.I.O., and Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY, 
Title: CCC/APE /AIR- Alphabet Soup of ACGME Evaluations  

10:45 a.m.
Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O. , D.F.A.C.N., National Author & Chair, American Osteopathic Association's Physician Wellness Taskforce, and Physician, Psychiatry, Private Practice, Sterling Heights, MI, 
Title:  Addressing Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession 

Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. 
A spring BBQ lunch & informal discussions with Dr. Piccinini and fellow colleagues will follow at 11:45 a.m.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

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

OMM & the Athlete
June 7, 2017
12:00 noon
Matthew Hayes, D.O.Assistant Professor, Family Medicine Department, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Poster Competition 

Poster Competition Winners (left to right): David Broder, D.O., President, NYCOMEC, Cristin Mathew, D.O., Omar Wein, D.O., Vanessa Yoo, D.O., Rosalee Nguyen, D.O., Ruba Katrajian, D.O., Mi Tu Quan, D.O., and David Yens, Ph.D., Director of Research, NYCOMEC.

NYCOMEC held its 16th Annual Research Poster Competition, in conjunction with its Spring Grand Rounds, on May 25, 2017, at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel.  This annual competition  has been a forum for NYCOMEC trainees to showcase their experimental research and case study posters, exchange ideas, and  get direct feedback on their work from experts Over 75 posters were reviewed by the panel of judges.

Winners of the competition were:

First Place ($500 prize):  Rosalee Nguyen, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident at  Coney Island Hospital, presented on Study of Home-Based Interventions to Reduce CA-MRSA Recurrence and Household Transmission

Second Place ($250 prize):  Omar Wein, D.O., General Surgery Resident at  Flushing Hospital Medical Center, presented on  Single Institute Experience with Cholecystostomy Tube Placement in High-Risk Patients with Acute Cholecystitis: Utilization, Outcome and Definitive Surgery

Third Place ($125 prize):  Vanessa Yoo, D.O., General Surgery Resident at  Flushing Hospital Medical Center, presented on  The Unnecessary: Optimizing Utilization of the Blood Bank for the Surgical Patient

First Place ($350 prize):  Ruba Katrajian, D.O., NMM/OMT Resident at  St. Barnabas Hospital, presented on  Osteopathic Considerations in the Ventilated Patient: A Case Study

Second Place ($200 prize):  Cristin Mathew, D.O., Orthopedic Surgery Resident at  Plainview Hospital, presented on  Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Lumbar Spine

Third Place ($100 prize):  Mi Tu Quan, D.O., Family Medicine Resident at  Nassau University Medical Center, presented on  Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Pancoast Tumor

The Competition was judged by a panel of volunteers under the direction of David Yens, Ph.D., NYCOMEC's Director of Research. We extend our sincere appreciation to our judges for their participation and enthusiasm:

Bennett Futterman, M.D.
Dona-Maria McMahon, D.O.
Steve Golinowski, D.O.
Laura Nimkoff, M.D.
Peter Guiney, D.O.
Maria Plummer, M.D.
Matthew Hayes, D.O.
Rosa-Anna Roantree, D.O.
Christine Hutak, Ph.D.
Dulaya Suntikul, D.O.
Thomas Joyce, D.O.
Maria Alicia Carillo-Sepulveda, Ph.D.
Vasudeva Kamath,  Ph.D.
Nilank Shah, M.D., M.S.
Helaine Larsen, D.O.
Christian Spano, D.O.
To Shan Li, D.O.
Blessit George Varghese, D.O.
Tamie Proscia-Lieto, M.D., MBA Ulrick Vieux, D.O.
Thomas Liu, D.O. Anuj Vohra, D.O.

2017 Spring Grand Rounds

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, approximately 200 faculty and trainees attended NYCOMEC's semi-annual Grand Rounds which was held at the LaGuardia Airport Mariott Hotel in East Elmhurst, NY. 

The keynote speaker, Jay Lombard, D.O., Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and Medical Director, Genomind, discussed overall health trends in medicine today, as well as preventive medicine, with a focus on providing patient-centric care. He also discussed the resurgence in popularity of core philosophies of osteopathic medicine in providing care to patients today.

Jerry Balentine, D.O. , Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health, New York Institute of Technology, gave an engaging presentation on
Leadership Strategies for Everyday Practice, providing   attendees with practical points for applying leadership strategies into their daily activities and at all levels of interaction. His presentation also focused on time management and responses to everyday situations within the leadership continuum. 

Alexander Chiu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Ross Medical Corporation, presented an overview on the use of telemedicine, including the laws surrounding reimbursement of telemedicine visits, the CMS guidelines and how they apply to providers across different specialties, and how to evaluate telemedicine vendors to integrate telehealth applications into ones practice.

Steven Golinowski, D.O., Director of Medical Education and Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, provided attendees with a "toolbox" for success with respect to HIV prevention and discussed at length the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV acquisition. He also provided an overview of the CDC guidelines on clinical eligibility for PrEP and HIV PrEP on-treatment follow-up, inclusive of the CDC guidelines.  

Lawrence Kobak, D.P.M., J.D., Partner, Kern Augustine Conroy & Shoppmann, PC, gave an insightful presentation on physician employment contracts, emphasizing the meaning of a Restrictive Covenant and how it might impact a physicians's future practice of medicine. He also discussed how physician pay is calculated based upon contract language and the importance of understanding what they are signing prior to actually signing a contract.  
NYCOMEC-NYIT Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course Continues Successfully

Hospital executives, physicians and managers from NYCOMEC member institutions participated in the third session of the newly developed Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course, which was held at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center on May 19, 2017. Stuart Almer, FACHE, Administrator/Chief Operating Officer, Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, presented on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation and their relevance in the workplace setting.

For more information on the Healthcare Leadership Course, and to view a list of future presentations and speakers, please click here.
Sara Nehring, D.O., DME and Program Director
NYCOMEC Sponsors Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Bernards Medical Center 

NYCOMEC will serve as Institutional Sponsor for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR. The program was granted pre-accreditation status effective May 17, 2017.  Sara Nehring, D.O., was appointed Director of Medical Education and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, overseeing a complement of five Internal Medicine residency positions.  
NYITCOM 36th Hooding Ceremony

Graduates of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine  were adorned with the ceremonial physician hoods and took the Osteopathic Oath at the  36th NYITCOM Hooding Ceremony on May 22, 2017,  in the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. 

"You have learned more over these four years than is called for in any other professional field," Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYITCOM, told the graduates. "You have passed the most demanding examinations that can be found anywhere." Dr. Gilliar added that the Class of 2017 has a duty to use the competence and confidence they gained at NYITCOM to treat patients with compassion and courage.
To read more, please click here
TouroCOM and NYITCOM Class of 2019 Receives White Coats

TouroCOM-Harlem Class of 2019 participated in the symbolic rite of passage of donning white coats as they prepare to enter their final two years of medical school on clinical rotations.

Students from  NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine earned their distinguished white coats, signifying their transition into clinical practice following their first two years of medical school.  

NYIT Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health  Jerry Balentine, D.O., issued a challenge to the Class of 2019: to embrace change.  "Medicine is a profession that does not like change and usually fights change," he said. "Change is good. It moves us forward, it lets our patients teach us, and makes us better doctors."

To read more, please click here.
Physician Burnout, Depression and Suicide Addressed by ACGME

Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., MACP, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), expressed his concern on physician burnout, depression and suicide in a letter addressed to the Graduate Medical Education Community, and discussed the significant impact this issue has on medical students, faculty and trainees. 
Click here to read the letter.

The ACGME has specific strategies and interventions that can be accessed. Feedback and assistance in creating the highest quality resources are welcome. Please send them to

NYCOMEC had already scheduled a faculty development program titled Addressing Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession for next Thursday, June 8, 2017. It will be presented by Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O., D.F.A.C.N. 
ACGME Back to Bedside Initiative

On May 24, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced the Back to Bedside Initiative, a competitive funding opportunity created by residents for residents, to inspire new ways to foster greater meaning in their daily work. The ACGME will fund up to five awards of $10,000 per year, for up to a two-year period.

For more information, please click  here .
Guidance for 10-Year Accreditation Site Visits

New information for programs preparing for their 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit is now available on the ACGME website. The new Eight Steps to Prepare for the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit page contains forms and additional resources for programs.

In addition, the  Self-Study web page has been updated, and features new Self-Study Summary forms and expanded resources to assist programs in this process.  E-mail questions to  or Senior Vice President, Field Activities 
Resident Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) Update

New content is available on the Resident JGME web page, including a JGME News section, updated JGME articles of particular interest to residents and fellows, and articles authored by members of the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR).

The JGME website also features collections of published JGME articles on the topics of  Duty Hours, Electronic Health Records, and Resident Well-Being.

All articles on the Resident JGME page have open access to provide relevant content to residents and fellows. Programs and institutional leaders are encouraged to share the Resident JGME link with their residents and fellows, and to offer feedback on this resource.
E-mail questions or comments to   
Milestones Feedback Survey

The ACGME is beginning work on the revision of the Milestones. The Milestones team seeks feedback on Milestones subcompetencies for Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice. To provide feedback on any or all of these subcompetencies, complete the surveys linked from the Milestones section of the ACGME website.
E-mail questions to
AODME Scholar Overview Webinar

Demystifying the Process of Medical Research Projects
Robert W. Hostoffer, D.O., Ph.D.
Brian P. Peppers, D.O., Ph.D.
June 19, 2017
4:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
The Scholar Overview Webinar series are workshop-style educational opportunities designed to demystify the process of starting a research project in the medical field. The course targets medical professionals potentially interested in research, but who have limited, distant or no experience in creating a research project. The webinar format of this series will be partially interactive. Participants will be guided through specific tasks to help create a quick and fun mini research project that can be carried out during the webinar. Additional online videos will be made available for continued support, along with email support for specific questions. 

To register, click here.
In the News
Single GME Update: Profession Protects Residents During Transition

The AOA President,  Boyd R. Buser, D.O. , shared key single GME accreditation system developments, including a critical agreement reached in March to protect D.O. residents, in an interview with The Do staff. 

To read more, please click here.
Martin Levine, D.O.
TouroCOM Professor Presents Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017

Martin Levine, D.O., past AOA President, Interim Clinical Dean and Professor, TouroCOM-Harlem Campus, presented to the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017, on May 17, 2017.
To read more, please click here
Devi Nair, M.D.,  and the St. Bernards Medical Center implant team 
St. Bernards Medical Center First in Arkansas to Implant 
World's Smallest Pacemaker
St. Bernards Medical Center became the first hospital in Arkansas to offer the world's smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia.  The procedure was performed on April 24, 2017 by Devi G. Nair, M.D., FHRS, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at St. Bernards Heart and Vascular Center. 

Read more.
Ambulance Service Expands for Quicker Response

The Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould recently expanded their ambulance service to better respond to calls in a timely manner.

Watch live coverage on  WABC News .
Commendation Corner
Osteopathic Trailblazer Leaves a Legacy

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.,  was recognized as the recipient of the Robert A. Kistner Award at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Conference.
"Barbara Ross-Lee remains the perfect example of a trailblazer, role model, and mentor within the osteopathic profession and the U.S. health care system" said Adrienne White-Faines, CEO , American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

To read more please click here.
St. Barnabas Hospital Wins Sim Wars

St. Barnabas Hospital won the 2017 Sim Wars, a medical competition where residents and doctors are tested on high-tech mannequins on a number of different scenarios that involve crisis care and treatment.   
The Bronx hospitals are hoping to make Sim Wars an annual competition for their residents and doctors. 

To read more please click here.
Southampton Hospital Earns Gold Seal of Approval

Southampton Hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for hospital accreditation for "continuance compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care".

To read more please click  here .