ISSUE 117                                                                                April 14, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings
NYCOMEC OPTI AOA Accreditation Inspection:   April 19-20, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20, 2016, NYCOMEC will undergo its AOA OPTI accreditation inspection.  On April 19 , the inspectors will begin their survey at the NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus, meeting with the Board of Directors, various committees and other constituencies.  On April 20 , the inspection team will conduct a hospital-based visit at Nassau University Medical Center, meeting with DMEs/Program Directors and Trainees. 

We extend our appreciation to all those who will be participating in the inspection process. For information, please contact Sharon Player at  (516) 686-1283 or
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series 

OMM Billing and Coding Update
April 27, 2016
12 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Sheldon Yao, D.O.
Associate Professor & Chair, OMM Department 
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Please click here to RSVP.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series 

Osteopathic Considerations for Surgical Patients
May 11, 2016
12 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Gerard Baltazar, D.O.
Associate Director of Surgical Critical Care, Associate Director of Surgical Residency Program 
St. Barnabas Hospital

Please click here to RSVP.
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds

The Spring Grand Rounds will take place on May 19, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, East Elmhurst, NY.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Neil Vora, M.D., Director of Special Projects, Division of Disease Control, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygene, Career Epi demiology Field Officer, Centers for Disease Control And Prevention
Topic: Zika and Public Health

Lewis Bass, D.O., FACOFP,  Partner, Pro Healthcare-Associates LLP   Solo Private Practitioner
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
Daniel Van Arsdale, D.O., Program Director of Family Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Southampton Hospital
Topic: Shock or Awe: The Clandestine Nervous System and OMT
Anthony Sampino, D.O., Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Topic: Contraceptive Options in the 21st Century: Anything New?
To register, please click here.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series Continues Successfully 

The second webinar of the NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series repeated the success of the first one! On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Patricia  Kooyman, D.O. , Assistant Professor, OMM Department, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, conducted a presentation titled Osteopathic Considerations in Postural Imbalance   to an audience of close, again, to 100 faculty, trainees, students and staff from several NYCOMEC member institutions.

Dr. Kooyman's archived webinar can be viewed on
NYCOMEC's website . Please contact the NYCOMEC office at (516) 686-3730 for password. 

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.
ROC-NY 2016  Educational CME Programs

The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society held its annual Regional Osteopathic Convention-New York (ROC-NY 2016) starting on Friday, March 31, and ending on Sunday April 3, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Long Island hotel in Hauppauge, NY. The theme of the convention, QM2: Quantum Medicine/Quality Medicine for the Present and Future, was emphasized throughout didactic lectures presented by the several distinguished educators. Twelve presenters are osteopathic physicians affiliated with NYCOMEC's member institutions. The presenters and their topics were: Lewis Bass, D.O., NYITCOM, who presented on NYS Infection Control & Barrier Precautions; Sheldon Yao, D.O., NYITCOM, conducted an OMM Workshop; Cheryl R. Rosenfeld, D.O., NYITCOM, spoke on Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Treatment Controversies Continue - Will Pharmacogenomics Help in the Future?; Stephanie L. Zeszutek, D.O., Orange Regional Medical Center, presented on Aging and Menopause; Donald Krieff, D.O., South Nassau Communities Hospital, updated on Neurosurgery; Thomas Chan, D.O., NYITCOM, spoke on Autism - Past, Present and Future; Joseph L. Saraceno, D.O., Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, presented on Submassive Pulmonary Embolism TreatmentDean G. Olsen, D.O., St. Barnabas Hospital, spoke on Opioid Addiction in the 21st Century ; Adhi Sharma, M.D., South Nassau Communities Hospital spoke on Hospital of the Future; Dennis Dowling, D.O., Nassau University Medical Center, spoke on Lost Chances: OMM in Practice; Martin S. Levine, D.O., TouroCOM, spoke on The Practice of Medicine in the 21st Century; and Peter Saitta, D.O., NYU Hospitals Center, presented on  Contact Dermatitis
ROC-NY 2016: NYSOMS Annual Business Meeting

During the plethora of lectures and meetings scheduled for the Regional Osteopathic Convention - New York (ROC-NY 2016), was NYSOMS Annual Business Meeting presided by David Broder, D.O., NYSOMS's Parliamentarian. Among the officers and directors elected and/or reelected at the meeting, the following are from NYCOMEC member institutions: Sherman Dunn, D.O., Coney Island Hospital, Lawrence L. Northorn, D.O., Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Sonia Rivera - Martinez, D.O., NYITCOM, Barbara Capozzi, D.O., NYITCOM, Bernadette Riley, D.O., South Nassau Communities Hospital, Harold K. Sirota, D.O., TouroCOM, and Kenneth J. Steier, D.O., TouroCOM. 
New York will be represented at the AOA House of Delegates by the following: David L. Broder, D.O., NYCOMEC, Barbara Capozzi, D.O., NYITCOM, Kym M. Carpentieri, D.O., Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Martin Diamond, D.O., Nassau University Medical Center, Denis J. Dowling, D.O., Nassau University Medical Center, Sherman Dunn, D.O., Coney Island Hospital, Wolfgang Gilliar D.O., NYITCOM, Robert B. Goldberg, D.O., (Delegation Chairman), TouroCOM, Janet Grotticelli, D.O., TouroCOM, Lily Lam, D.O., TouroCOM, Ronald Langman, D.O., Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Donna - Marie McMahon, D.O., NYITCOM, Lynn G. Mark, D.O., NYCOMEC, Lawrence L. Northorn, D.O., Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Jeffrey Perry, D.O., NYU Hospitals Center, Bernadette Riley, D.O., South Nassau Communities Hospital, Sonia Rivera - Martinez, D.O., NYITCOM, Gregory P. Saggio, D.O., NYITCOM, and Kenneth J. Steier, D.O., TouroCOM.

2016 ROC-NY Trainee Services

On Thursday, April 1st, Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Trainee Manager, represented NYCOMEC in the exhibits of the 2016 Regional Osteopathic Convention New York (ROC-NY), held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge, New York. Ms. LaBarbera spoke to many students and residents who were attending the event to compete in the NYSOMS poster competition. Various members of the medical society stopped by the NYCOMEC table in between lectures to learn more about NYCOMEC and its member institutions. Many were NYITCOM graduates and were impressed with how much NYCOMEC has grown over the years.  
NYCOMEC and NYIT Center for Sports Medicine Co-Sponsored Professional Development Series

NYIT Center for Sports Medicine hosted a series of  professional development lectures on concussion management on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in the Rockefeller Auditorium, Old Westbury Campus. NYCOMEC cosponsored the event.

The program targeted primary care and sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers. It was designed to help participants better understand the scientific basis for sports concussions and the appropriate evidence based strategies to care for the athletic population. 
Submit Nominations for Leadership Positions

The AOA's bureaus, councils, and committees (B/C/Cs) play a vital role in policy development. The composition of the B/C/Cs regularly changes to ensure all voices from within this diverse profession are given the chance to contribute to AOA policy. The AOA is seeking volunteer leaders to serve on its most important governance bodies. There is the option to apply for multiple positions, but individuals must submit a completed form for each position by using the online B/C/C Nomination form. The Appointment Book lists the open positions on each of the AOA B/C/Cs.  The deadline for the all nominations is Friday, May 6, 2016. Please direct any questions regarding this process to To read more click here.  
Update and Verify Program Information in Opportunities

AOA Opportunities is now available for institutions to update and verify program information for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is to remind you that every section of Opportunities for every program within your institution must be updated no later than June 30th. To access Opportunities, please go to If you have any questions, please e-mail or call (312) 202 8289. For more information please click here.
In the News

National Osteopathic Medicine Week

National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week will take place   April 17-23, 2016 . NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal - increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and DOs in communities across the country. To read more please click here.
Angelo Mascia, NYITCOM, OMS III, Becomes National COSGP Chair

The NYITCOM's Student Government Association (SGA) President,  Angelo Mascia, OMS III, was elected to become the National COSGP Chair at the annual AACOM meeting in Washington, DC, that took place on April 6 to April 9, 2016. In his new role, Dr. Mascia will be representing all students of the nation's osteopathic colleges. At the meeting, NYITCOM was also represented by Louisa Sethi, OMS IV, who serves as the COSGP's National Clinical Education Representative, and Kalliope Kyriakides, OMS II, the COSGP's 1st Vice President.  The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) is an official council of the American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).
Dr. Riley Published in OFP  

Bernadette Riley, D.O. , South Nassau Communities Hospital, and a member of NYCOMEC's Academic Compliance Committee, published an article titled Mandating the Simulation Component to Osteopathic Family Medicine Training  in the last issue of the Osteopathic Family Physician journal. To read the article please click  here . Also, s he became recently a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP).
TOUCH Points Results Are Out

With more than 21,000 TOUCH Points, NYITCOM maintained its first place, for the second year in a row. TOUCH    (Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health) is a national initiative of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). 
Health Fairs Hosted by Both TouroCOM Campuses 

On Friday, March 11, students from TouroCOM-Harlem Campus hosted their biannual health fair.To read more please click here.

On Sunday, March 13, students from TouroCOM- Middletown Campus hosted their first health fair at  HONORehg , a homeless shelter located in Middletown. Please click here for more.
Commendation Corner
NYCOMEC's President Received an Honorary Membership into Omega Beta Iota

David Broder, D.O. , NYCOMEC's President, received an honorary membership into Omega Beta Iota , the National Osteopathic Political Advocacy Honor Society, at its Spring Induction Ceremony that took place on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The organization chose to make Dr. Broder a honorary inductee based upon his extensive commitment to medical advocacy and the osteopathic profession.  
At the same ceremony were inducted Sen Kowshik, student at TouroCOM-Harlem, and Angelo Mascia, student at NYITCOM. Several students from NYITCOM and both TouroCOM campuses are already members.  To read more about Omega Beta Iota please click here .


NYCOMEC Research Director Appointed to AACOM Task Force on OME & VA Academic Affiliations

David Yens, Ph.D., Research Director, NYCOMEC, was appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Task Force on Osteopathic Medical Education (OME) & VA Academic Affiliations.  The task force was formed recently to help advance AACOM's efforts in support of its member institutions and graduate medical education (GME) partners in establishing and strengthening academic affiliations with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 


NYITCOM Students Win Research Excellence Awards

Artur Rozentsvit, Usman Aslam, and Chirag Parikh, three NYITCOM students, received research awards from the American Physiological Society and presented their research at the prestigious Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in the beginning of April 2016. To read more please click here.
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
AOA OPTI Inspection
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Old Westbury Campus
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY

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.
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
GME Events
AODME Annual Meeting
4/27 - 4/30/2016
Portland, OR
NYCOMEC Will Host a Leadership Hospitality Reception at the Meeting. If You Plan to Attend, Please Contact NYCOMEC's Office at (516) 686-3730.
Upcoming Recruitment Events
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic
Medicine (LECOM) 
Hospital Day
Erie, PA
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) 
Hospital Day
Philadelphia, PA
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