New York Colleges of Osteopathic

 Medicine Educational Consortium

  Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 118                                                                              May 5, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings
NYCOMEC Successfully Passes AOA OPTI Accreditation Inspection

Following a two-day accreditation inspection conducted by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) on April 19 and 20, 2016, NYCOMEC was apprised by AOA Inspection team leader, David Plundo, D.O. that it had successfully met all 58 Standards within the AOA's Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training. Dr. Plundo went on to say that the inspection team found zero deficiencies, had zero recommendations, and was awarding NYCOMEC a commendation for its outstanding efforts in strategic planning. This is the second time NYCOMEC has achieved a perfect score following its AOA OPTI accreditation inspection .
Attending the AOA's exit conference, which concluded the inspection, were NYCOMEC's Board leadership: Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Jerry Balentine, D.O., David Broder, D.O., Robert Yost, M.S., Martin Diamond, D.O. and OPTI staff. 

The inspectio n beg an at  the NYITCOM-Old Westbury ca mpus and involved a day of interviews and meetings among the AOA inspection team and  members of NYCOMEC's Board of Directors, committees, and other affiliated individuals, including TouroCOM and NYITCOM staff. 
The AOA inspection team discussed postdoctoral education with NYCOMEC DMEs and Program Directors at Nassau University Medical Center, which served as the hospital-based entity for the inspection.
On April 20, the inspection took place  onsite at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), where the inspection team met with DMEs and Program Directors from various NYCOMEC-sponsored programs. They also met with members of NYCOMEC's Trainee Committee to gain a deeper understanding of their educational experiences. 
NYCOMEC Trainees met with the AOA inspection team to discuss their experience with the OPTI.  
Throughout the survey, the AOA inspectors c omplimented the collegiality among the OPTI's constituencies and were impressed by the degree of their engagement at each session.   

NYCOMEC extends its appreciation to everyone who participated in the inspection process, both in person and via telephone. We truly appreciate your time and expertise.
Call to Meeting: Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Meeting

May 10,2016
8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
de Seversky Mansion
Old Westbury Campus
Please call our office at (516) 686-3730 for more information.
New AOA Standards on Deadlines for Programs Applying for ACGME Accreditation

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has established new standards setting deadlines for  programs to either apply for ACGME accreditation or stop accepting trainees if the trainees cannot complete the program by June 30, 2020. 

Programs that do not apply to the ACGME by the deadline will not be permitted to participate in the AOA Match the following February. 

See the full chart  to learn your program's deadline.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

Osteopathic Considerations for Surgical Patients
May 11, 2016
12:00 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Gerard Baltazar, D.O., FACOS
Associate Director of Surgical Critical Care, Associate Director of Surgical Residency Program
St. Barnabas Hospital
Please click here to RSVP.
Reminder: 15th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition

On Wednesday,  May 18, 2016 , trainees NYCOMEC programs will present their experimental research and case study posters at the 15th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition that will take place at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY, from   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon For more information please click here.
New Scholarly Activity Opportunity for NYCOMEC Faculty - May 18, 2016

Faculty members, if you need scholarly activity, consider being a judge at the NYCOMEC's 15th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition which will take place on May 18, 2016 at LaGuardia Marriott Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. As a regional poster competition, the ACGME considers this scholarly activity.

For more details please contact David Yens, Ph.D., NYCOMEC Research Director, at

NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds

Our Spring Grand Rounds will take place on May 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, East Elmhurst, NY.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Neil Vora, M.D., Career Epidemiology Field Officer, Centers for Disease Control, Director of Special Projects, Division of Disease Control, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Topic: Zika and Public Health
Daniel Van Arsdale, D.O., Program Director of Family Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Southampton Hospital
Topic: Shock or Awe: The Clandestine Nervous System and OMT
Lewis Bass, D.O., FACOFP,  Solo Private Practice, 
Ridgewood, NY;  Partner, Pro Healthcare-Associates LLP,  Lake Success, NY 
Topic: Nuts and Bolts of Medical Practice: What's In Your Tool Chest?  
Jacqueline Thelian, CPC, CPC-I, CHCA, Medco Consultants, Inc.
Topic: Compliant Coding and Documentation for Optimum Results
For more information and to register, please click here.
AODME Annual Conference: Lynn Mark, D.O., Installed as AODME President

The AODME Annual Conference was held April 27-30, 2016  at the Portland Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the conference centered around "Navigating a New Course with Best Practices" and included educational sessions that focused on new developments within the ACGME and the Single Accreditation System, graduate medical education, Osteopathic Recognition, GME finance and government, research, and professional development. NYCOMEC and its member institutions were represented in a large number. 

At the Conference, Lynn Mark, D.O., Director of Accreditation and Associate Chief Academic Officer, NYCOMEC, was inducted as the new AODME President at the Presidential Installation, AODME Leadership Program Graduation Ceremony, and Collegium of Fellows Induction Ceremony that was held on the evening of Friday, April 29, 2016.
NYCOMEC Hosts Hospitality Dinner at AODME

At the AODME Annual Conference  NYCOMEC hosted a Leadership Hospitality Reception, welcoming academic leaders from NYCOMEC-sponsored programs and joined by Lorenzo Pence, D.O., Senior Voice President, ACGME. The cocktail reception, held in the Fogo de Chao Restaurant, provided an opportunity for NYCOMEC's members to meet informally to discuss local trends in graduate medical education and converse with national representatives on global GME issues. 

David Broder, D.O., NYCOMEC President, addressed those in attendance, acknowledging the challenges facing GME in the future, but reaffirming the strength of OPTIs in helping member institutions meet those challenges. He also expressed gratitude to the members of the NYCOMEC consortium for their dedication to advancing graduate medical education and commitment to quality.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

OMM Treatment Following an Acute Acceleration/Deceleration Injury; MVA, Whiplash, and Related Injuries
May 25, 2016
12:00 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Russell Camhi, D.O.
Board Certified Family Medicine, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow
Northwell Health-Plainview Hospital
Please click here to RSVP.

Two Residency Programs Received ACGME Accreditation at Plainview Hospital

Plainview Hospital  attained ACGME accreditation for its Family Medicine Residency program and Orthopedic Surgery program within less than a week. Tara Zahtila, D.O., Director of Medical Education, said: " As of last week, no other Family Medicine program had been approved so, as our sponsor for all of these years, you [NYCOMEC] should be very proud of your efforts and the programs you've helped us build". 
For information on ACGME accreditation, please contact NYCOMEC at (516) 686-3730.
Faculty Development OMM Workshop

The NYIT College of  Osteopathic Medicine's OMM Department will conduct a workshop open to NYCOMEC chief residents and faculty members (D.O.s and M.D.s) on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the OMM laboratory located on the first floor in Serota Academic Center, Old Westbury Campus. Dinner will be provided from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.The program anticipates being eligible for 3.0 hours of category 1A CME, pending AOA CCME approval.

For more information and to  register click here . Due to limited space, please RSVP by June 1, 2016.
NYCOMEC Represented at LECOM and PCOM Hospital Days

NYCOMEC continues to represent its member institutions at recruitment events across the country. Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, attended two events this past month in Pennsylvania-Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Hospital Day in Erie and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Hospital Day in Philadelphia. Both events were well attended, with over 500 combined first, second and third year medical students. Many were excited to learn about NYCOMEC training opportunities in our programs. Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/ Gynecology, and Pediatrics were some of the most requested programs students asked about. 

New ACGME Guide on Completing Program Applications

The ACGME has published a video guide entitled "Completing an ACGME Program Application," which can be viewed online.    

For additional information and assistance in completing program applications, please call NYCOMEC's Director of Accreditation, Lynn Mark, D.O., at (516) 686-3950 or email  

AOA Newsletter on Single Accreditation System
The AOA has published an online newsletter, Single GME Updates to inform constituencies of current changes/issues related to the Single Accreditation System.  Topics in this issue include: 
  • Application Process for Combined Programs  
  • Video series on benefits/challenges of ACGME accreditation 
  • New Requirements for ONMM Programs  
  • ACGME video guide on Program applications
  • Deadlines for ACGME Program applications
Round III Announcement of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) GME Enhancement Initiative        

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for GME Enhancement for physician residency positions allocated under the   Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014  (VACAA) reached the third phase of implementation and includes allocation for the   Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018, which begins July 1, 2017.  Formal applications in response to this RFP are due  July 1, 2016 .   To read more and for contact information, please click here. To learn more about VA's GME expansion plan please visit   AACOM's VA GME web page.
GME Bill Introduced in the House 

A bill to provide federal support to help train an additional 3,000 resident physicians a year was recently introduced by Representative Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). The Training Tomorrow's Doctors Today Act (H.R.4774), funded by a modest lift in the 20-year freeze on Medicare support for a share of residency training costs, would also establish transparency and accountability measures that would demonstrate the extent that resident training programs are focusing on priorities that improve patient care and population health.  
Commendation Corner
AAD Dermpath Bowl Winners 

Sunny Chun, D.O., David Posnick, D.O., and Lauren Keller, D.O., Dermatology residents from HackensackUMC Palisades won the DermpathDiagnostics Dermatopathology Bowl at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting in Washington, DC,  that took place on March 4-6, 2016. Drs. Chun and Posnick  are chief residents at HackensackUMC Palisades, and Dr. Keller is a second year resident. They also received their dematopathology training at the Ackerman Academy of Dermapathology. For more information, please click here.


Poster Presented at the 2016 AACOM Annual Conference

Christine Hutak, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Doctor - Patient Continuum, NYITCOM, Donna McMahon, D.O., Assistant Professor and Director, Doctor - Patient Continuum, NYITCOM, and David P. Yens, Ph.D., Research Director, NYCOMEC and TouroCOM, presented the poster titled Use of Study Resources by Lecture-Based and Problem-Based Medical Students at the AACOM 2016 Annual Conference that took place on April 6-9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Their poster has been selected as one of the five finalists eligible for the Outstanding Medical Education Research Poster and Presentation Award. 


SBH Health System Honors Physicians

Several NYCOMEC members were honored at an event sponsored by SBH Health System on April 8, 2016 at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. The SBH Physician Alumni Event celebrated the 150th anniversary of St. Barnabas Hospital and paid tribute to past and present physicians by presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards in Medical Education to Jerry Balentine, D.O. (ED and Osteopathic Education); Nelson Eng, D.O. (Family Practice); and Hugh Ettlinger, D.O. (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine). NYCOMEC Board members  Drs. Eric Appelbaum and Daniel Lombardi were part of the planning committee and attended the event.  
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events

Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Meeting


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

de Seversky Mansion - Old Westbury Campus

Research Poster Competition


8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

LaGuardia Marriott Hotel

East Elmhurst, NY

Spring Grand Rounds
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
LaGuardia Marriott Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
OMM Faculty Development Workshop
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Dinner provided at 5:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development: Evaluation, Engagement, and Execution-Embracing Change in the Next Accreditation System
Speaker: Tara Zahtila, D.O.
9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Trainee OMM Workshop
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
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