New York Colleges of Osteopathic

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Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education

June 9, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings
A Reminder to all Graduate Medical Education Faculty & Staff:
In order to comply with the AOA and OPTI requirements, please submit a copy of each trainee's completed NYCOMEC Registration Form and signed hospital contract prior to the start of training. For your convenience, the 2016-2017 Registration Form can be found on our website. Faculty and Staff are also reminded to notify NYCOMEC of any trainee status changes (i.e. medical leave, resignation or termination). Please contact Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, with any questions or concerns. 
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

OMM in Sports Medicine
June 22, 2016
12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.
Hallie Zwibel, D.O.
Assistant Professor & Director, Sports Medicine, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Please click here to RSVP.
NYCOMEC Trainee OMM Workshop: Hands on OMM Bootcamp for NYCOMEC Trainees

An OMM Workshop, taught by the NYITCOM's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) faculty and designed for the NYCOMEC interns, residents and fellows, will take place o n   Thursday, July 14, 2016 , from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the OMM laboratory located on the first floor in Serota Building, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury Campus. 

The workshop will review osteopathic diagnosis in the clinical setting and cover integration of high yield osteopathic manipulative techniques that will be incorporated into patient care across all specialties.

To register please click here. Due to limited space please  RSVP  by July 7, 2016 . Dinner will be provided starting 5:15 p.m. 
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

Osteopathic Considerations in the Hypermobile Patient
July 20, 2016
12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.
Clifford Stark, D.O.
Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Northwell Health-Plainview Hospital
Please click here to RSVP.
NYCOMEC Faculty Development Program
Transitioning to the SAS

On June 8, 2016, Tara Zahtila, D.O. Director of Medical Education, Northwell Health - Plainview Hospital, reviewed the process Plainview Hospital implemented in transitioning its AOA-accredited programs to the ACGME single accreditation system (SAS). 

Key points made by Dr. Zahtila included: understanding ACGME requirements in comparison to AOA requirements, the benefits in completing a gap analysis, engaging relevant stakeholders, maintaining a check list of next steps in facilitating the transition, and accessing support from NYCOMEC and other GME partners.
Plainview Hospital's Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery residency programs recently received ACGME accreditation.  
Faculty Development OMM Workshop

A Faculty Development OMM  Workshop, designed for small group setting and covering all fields of  medicine, took pla ce on June 7, 2016, at NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus. Faculty from Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, NYITCOM, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center participated. Each group had an OMM faculty member working with them. 
The NYIT faculty who taught the workshop were: Theodore Flaum, D.O., Patricia Kooyman, D.O., To Shan Li, D.O., and Sheldon Yao, D.O. Academic scholars included: Amanda Chiu, Rohan Datta, and Frances Rusnack.    
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series Continues Successfully 

I f you have missed one of our previous webinars or would like to view a webinar again, the NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series is archived on the NYCOMEC website. Please contact the NYCOMEC office at (516) 686-3730 for password.

The following webinars are newly archived:

May 25, 2016, Russell Camhi, D.O., Board Certified, Family Medicine, Primary Care Sports Fellow, Northwell Health - Plainview Hospital, conducted the presentation titled OMM Treatment Following an Acute Acceleration/Deceleration Injury; MVA, Whiplash, and Related Injuries.

June 8, 2016,  Ulrick Vieux, D.O., Director of Psychiatry Residency Program, Director of Consultation - Liaison Services, and Cristian Castro- Nunez, D.O., Program Director of Traditional Rotating Internship Program, both from Orange Regional Medical Center, presented on  Examining the Etiology of OMM and Psychiatry - a Vital Link. The 
webinar was described by William R. Blazey, D.O., Assistant Dean for Preclinical Education, Office of Academic Affairs, NYITCOM, as "a very interesting session with a focus on OMM and Psychiatry".

For the schedule of upcoming webinars, please click here. For information on presenting a topic, please e-mail Lynn Mark, D.O., or call at (516) 686-3950. Conducting a presentation within the NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series counts towards scholarly activity requirements.
Single Application System (SAS) Application Assistance Program
Do you need assistance with your ACGME applications?

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has initiated a free assistance program to help DMEs and Program Directors complete their SAS applications. 

The program includes:
  • A customer service center giving you a single call line to address your questions.
  • Access to AOA staff experts
  • Professional consultants familiar with the single accreditation system
  • Ongoing survey of every program to track your progress
For assistance, call (312) 202-8272 or email singleGME@osteopathic.orgTo view the flyer about the program, click   here .  
In the News
NYIT Salutes New Osteopathic Physicians at Annual Hooding Ceremony

Nearly 300 NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) graduates received their doctoral hoods on May 23, 2016, at a hooding ceremony that took place in the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The graduates were draped with long green and black hoods by relatives who are physicians or one of four faculty members chosen to bestow the honor.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., advised the graduates that "Whether you go on to become pediatricians or physicians who provide the set of services known as primary care, or whether you venture into public policy or another specialty, know that you can make an incredible impact on the health of others."
Dean Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., urged Class of 2016 graduates to harness the tools and skills they learned at NYITCOM to advance their profession and serve society. "Be open-minded and flexible in order to truly serve the public as civil leaders," he told graduates. To read more, please click here.
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates Sixth Commencement

At a festive gathering at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, on June 2, 2016, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated its sixth class, conferring diplomas upon 123 candidates for the doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree.  

Congratulating the new doctors Provost Patricia Salkin, J.D., noted that the future doctors' patients will be confronted with health challenges that today may not even be known, but that the graduates have committed themselves to a lifetime of education and self-directed learning. Executive Dean Robert Goldberg, D.O., expressed his optimism about the Class of 2016, and congratulated them on their success.

Numerous awards were presented. Founding Dean and Dean Emeritus Martin Diamond, D.O., received the Sheldon Sirota Medal for his tireless efforts in establishing four colleges of osteopathic medicine and other programs. Gabrielle Rozenberg, D.O., received the DO Student of the Year Award.  To read more, please click here .
Officials Celebrate Opening of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University

Leaders from New York Institute of Technology, Arkansas State University, and government cut the ribbon on June 2, 2016, on the new home for NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (A-State) in a ceremony celebrating the two universities' partnership and commitment to educating physicians to help improve the health of Arkansas and Delta region residents. To read more please click here.
NYITCOM Students Honor Body Donors

NYITCOM first-year medical students honored their "first patients"- those who donated their bodies to science - with music, poetry, and red roses at a poignant ceremony on May 11, 2016. WCBS-TV featured the ceremony in a  segment on its May 11 broadcast. Dean Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar told CBS2 he considers whole body donation prestigious. "It's a phenomenal thing to do, it helps students become better doctors," Dr. Gilliar said. To read more, please click here
Commendation Corner
NYCOMEC Research Director Awarded at the ORMC Excellence in Education Awards

David Yens, Ph.D., Research Director, NYCOMEC, was given the Unwavering Support of Research Award on May 4, 2016, at the 3rd Annual Ronald H. Israelski Excellence in Education Awards ceremony that was held at the Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) in conjunction with the graduation ceremony of its inaugural class of its Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) program. At the ceremony, Cristian Castro-Nunez, D.O., TRI Program Director, ORMC, was the recipient of the Preceptor of the Year Award
Send Us Your News!
If you have interesting news about your trainees, faculty, and/or programs, please forward it to us so that we may include it in an the NYCOMEC newsletter. Please email your information to  Daniela Popa.  Thank you!
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
ACGME Transition Task Force Meeting
8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Conference Room 
Office of the Dean Rockefeller Building
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Trainee OMM Workshop
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Location TBA.
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
Fall Grand Rounds
Time & Location TBA.
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