New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

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ISSUE 161                                                                                   April 17, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar

GME Faculty Development Seminars
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT
William Rogers Auditorium
Serota Academic Center
Lower Level
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Executive Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
NYCOMEC Conference Room
de Seversky Mansion 
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Hospital Day
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Student Activity Center
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting and Strategic Planning Retreat
8:30 a.m.
Long Island University Room  
The Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd Uniondale, NY 11553
Research Poster Competition
8:30 a.m.
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Spring Grand Rounds
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Academic Council Meeting
8:30 a.m.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program
10:00 a.m.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus

NYCOMEC Blue Webinars

Research Webinar: Proposal and Protocol Development, Research Laws, Ethics and IRB Submissions/ Processing

David Yens, Ph.D.
4/19 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: OMM  and the Chronic Pain Patient

Matthew Hayes, D.O.
4/25 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Approach to Palliative Care

Alan Roth, D.O.
5/9 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT

O.R. Webinar: OMM & The Team Physician

Luther Quarles, D.O.
5/23 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT

Research Webinar: Funding Research, Preparing and Applying for Grant Funding

David Yens, Ph.D.
5/24 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Sub-Occipital Release

Anuj Vohra, D.O.
6/20 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT

National Meetings/Events

2018 Joint AACOM Annual Conference 

April 18-21, 2018
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel 
Washington, DC

NYCOMEC Mission Statement

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

NYCOMEC News and Events

NYCOMEC Hospital Day: Promote Your Programs to Prospective Trainees!

The NYCOMEC Hospital Day will take place on May 4, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., in the NYIT's Student Activity Center's Gymnasium, located on the Old Westbury Campus. DIOs,  DMEs, Program Directors, and Faculty representing  AOA and ACGME training programs  from NYCOMEC member institutions will have the opportunity to meet with prospective trainees from NYITCOM and TouroCOM - class of 2019.  

To register as an exhibitor and for more information please call our office at 516.686.3730.
NYCOMEC GME Discussions Forum Is Up and Running!
As part of our ongoing strategic planning efforts, NYCOMEC proudly unveiled its GME Discussions Forum in order to enhance communication and collaborative opportunities among our members. GME Discussions has two main sections:
  • Educators' Assembly Forum is designed for communication among Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs), Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), Program Directors (PDs), and Faculty from NYCOMEC member institutions;
  • Coordinators' Assembly Forum, open for questions and answers for and from institutional coordinators, program coordinators and support staff.
The Educators' Assembly Forum is ready! Please feel free to ask your peers educational questions and/or provide your input on GME related matters. We encourage more Program Directors and Faculty from NYCOMEC member institutions to join the Educators' Assembly and benefit from the additional services provided by the forum. 
The Coordinators' Assembly Forums will follow soon. Coordinators and support staff are also encouraged to join the Coordinators' Assembly and benefit from the forum services.
Please feel free to post questions, answers, and look at the past discussions.  For more information and to register please email  Daniela Popa, M.H.A. , or call her at (516) 686-3953.
NYCOMEC Research Poster Competition: Call for Posters

NYCOMEC's 17th Annual Trainee Research Poster Competition will be held in conjunction with the our Spring Grand Rounds Program on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. 

All trainees from AOA and ACGME approved programs at NYCOMEC member institutions are invited to present their experimental research and/or case study posters. 

Participants need to complete a  Poster Submission Form and send it to our office, along with the Word version of the poster's abstract, by Friday, April 20, 2017, before midnight

Please click here to  access the competition policies and procedures for both categories: Experimental Research and Case Study.
Faculty members, if you need scholarly activity, consider being a judge at the Competition. As a regional poster competition, the ACGME considers your participation as scholarly activity.

For more details please contact   David Yens, Ph.D., NYCOMEC Research Director, at
GME Faculty Development Seminars

April 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
William Rogers Auditorium, Serota Academic Center, Lower Level, NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Presentations include:

10:05 a.m. EDT
Healthy Residents, Healthy Patients
David Broder, D.O., FACP, FACOI, President/CEO,  NYCOMEC Corp., Vice Speaker, American Osteopathic Association

10:20 a.m. EDT
Identification & Intervention of At Risk Trainees
Ulrick Vieux, D.O., M.S.,  Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Orange Regional Medical Center

11:05 a.m. EDT
The Impaired Trainee: Recognizing & Preventing Substance Abuse
Jeffrey Selzer, M.D., Medical Director, Committee for Physician Health

1:05 p.m. EDT
Livin' the Life
Kevin Lemaire, D.O., Psychiatry Resident, Orange Regional Medical Center

1:20 p.m. EDT
Sexual Harassment in Medical Training
Andrew L. Zwerling, Partner/Director, Garfunkel Wild P.C.
Marianne Monroy, Partner, Garfunkel Wild P.C.

2:20 p.m. EDT
Fostering a Healthy Learning Environment in GME
Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., FACOI, Chief Academic Officer & DME, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

AOA CME Credit Available. 
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

These webinars are for NYCOMEC trainees, faculty, medical staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM students.

OMM and the Chronic Pain Patient
Matthew Hayes, D.O., Associate Professor, Family Medicine Department, NYIT COM-Old Westbury Campus
April 25, 2018
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. EDT
If you are interested in presenting a topic, you are welcome to email us at or call us at 516-686-3730 to schedule a webinar. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity.
Reminder to All Graduate Medical Education Faculty and Staff

NYCOMEC has been assisting our 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 (2018-2019). Please submit a copy of each trainee in a NYCOMEC sponsored AOA or ACGME program completed 2018-2019 NYCOMEC Registration Form and signed hospital contract prior to the start of training. For your convenience, the 2018-2019 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, and/or termination). Please contact Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, with any questions or concerns.
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds, a professional medical education program designed for all AOA and ACGME residents, will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. 

Among topics are:

Topic: Social Media: HIPAA and Other Threats Facing Physicians 
Presenter: Thomas M. Gallo, J.D., Frier Levitt 
Topic: How Performance Improvement Initiatives Benefit Physicians and Their Patients
Presenter: Joyce Robert, M.D., Attending Physician & Director of Performance Improvement, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Topic: Medical Marijuana-Fact vs. Fiction
Presenter: Thomas Jan, D.O., Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation
Topic: Torque Unwinding: OMM Reversing the Vectors of Dysfunction
Presenter: Dennis J. Dowling, D.O., Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Nassau University Medical Center

Topic: Lifestyle Medicine 101-Boot Camp Basics for Busy Physicians
Presenter: Stacey Funt, M.D., Lifestyle Health LLC

If you have any questions please contact us at 516-686-3730.
Faculty Development Program

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Support Resident & Faculty Scholarly Activity
Catherine G. Caronia, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Chairman, Department of Graduate Medical Education, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
10:00 a.m.  (immediately following GMEC & Academic Council meetings)

  Learning Objectives:
  • Identify possible resources within the community hospital to support scholarly activity;
  • Utilize a multi-disciplinary committee to evaluate, review and mentor trainees in development of projects;
  • Utilize resources to strengthen and evaluate projects prior to IRB submission, presentation or publication;
  • Have the framework needed to develop an Academic Development Committee to support scholarly activity
If you have any questions please call 516-686-3730.
ROC-NY 2018 Educational CME Programs
The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society held its annual Regional Osteopathic Convention-New York (ROC-NY 2018) on April 12-15, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Long Island hotel located in Hauppauge, NY. The theme of the convention was Emerging Topics in the World of Medicine
Thirteen presenters were osteopathic physicians affiliated with NYCOMEC's member institutions: 
  • Jerry Balentine, D.O., NYIT Medical Affairs and Global Health, who presented on Leadership Skills for Current and Future Physician Leaders;
  • Lewis Bass, D.O., NYITCOM, updated on NYS Infection Control Barrier Precautions Course
  • Adam Bitterman, D.O., Nassau University Medical Center, spoke on Orthopedic Emergencies;
  • Shawn Cannon, D.O., Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, updated on Addiction Crises in NYS;
  • Barbara Capozzi, D.O., NYITCOM, presented on Mindful Leadership;
  • Thomas Chan, D.O., NYITCOM, spoke on Dermatologic Considerations in Pediatrics
  • Dennis Dowling, D.O., Nassau University Medical Center, conducted an OMM Workshop;
  • Sharon Koehler, D.O., NYITCOM, updated on Breast Cancer Prevention, Screening and Treatment: Where We Stand in 2018
  • Joerg Leheste, Ph.D., NYITCOM, spoke on Update on Acne Bacteria in Disease Pathology;
  • Bernadette Riley, D.O., NYITCOM, presented on Simulation and Its Use in Professionalism Training;
  • Gregory Saggio, D.O., NYITCOM, spoke on Appendicitis: Past, Present, Future;
  • Kenneth Steier, D.O., M.P.H, M.H.A., M.G.H., TouroCOM, presented on Naloxone: Preventing Opioid Overdose in the Community;
  • Hallie Zwibel, D.O., NYITCOM, updated on An Evidence-Based Approach to Concussions.
ROC-NY 2018: NYSOMS Annual Business Meeting

Among the many lectures and meetings taking place at the annual Regional Osteopathic Convention (ROC-NY 2018) was the NYSOM Annual Business Meeting, presided by   David Broder, D.O., NYSOMS Parliamentarian At the meeting, NYSOMS members elected/reelected the executive officers, which included the following physicians from NYCOMEC member institutions: 
  • President: Sherman Dunn, D.O., Coney Island Hospital;
  • Vice President: Lawrence L. Northorn, D.O., Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center;
  • Secretary: Bernadette Riley, D.O., NYITCOM; 
  • Director: Barbara Capozzi, D.O., NYITCOM; 
  • Director: Harold K. Sirota, D.O., TouroCOM; 
  • Director: Eric Appelbaum, D.O., St. Barnabas Hospital;
  • NYITCOM Dean Representative: Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O.;
  • TouroCOM-Harlem Dean Representative: David Forstein, D.O.;
  • TouroCOM-Middletown Dean Representative: Kenneth Steier, D.O., MBA, MPH.
NYCOMEC Represented at ROC-NY 2018

On Friday, April 13, 2018, NYCOMEC participated in the exhibit portion of the 2018 Regional Osteopathic Convention New York (ROC-NY). Stephanie LaBarbera, MHA, Trainee Manager, and Sharon Player, Communication & Special Projects Manager, informed attendees of NYCOMEC's upcoming faculty development programs, Grand Rounds, Poster Competition and research and osteopathic recognition webinars.
NYCOMEC Member Institutions Represented at PCOM Hospital Day

NYCOMEC had representation at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Hospital Day (PCOM) on Friday, April 6, 2018. Stephanie LaBarbera, MHA, Manager, Trainee Services, spoke to second and third year medical students who were interested in the vast amount of training opportunities offered at NYCOMEC member institutions. As most of the hospitals present at the event were located in the Philadelphia area, students were happy to find out more about our residency programs in New York, New Jersey, and Arkansas hospitals.
ACGME Updates

Review Committee Updates

Obstetrics and Gynecology Review Committee:
Case Minimums Update
Considering program feedback, data from the last two graduating classes, available literature, and current practice recommendations, t he document Case Log: Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Minimum Numbers has been updated and is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website.  E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director Jenny Campbell.
Neurological Surgery
Case Log Update
The name for Defined Case Category D15 has been changed to pediatric brain tumor.  This change has been made to the  Case Log Required Minimum Numbers  document, which can be found on the  Documents and Resources page of the Neurological Surgery section of the ACGME website.  E-mail questions to Executive Director  Pam Derstine

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) Designation
The Review Committee approved new programs for ESIR designation at its January meeting. A list of all ESIR Approved Programs  can be viewed here.  E-mail questions regarding ESIR to Associate Executive Director Kate Hatlak.
2018 Basics of Accreditation for New Program Coordinators Workshop Series

ACGME is hosting one-and-a-half-day intensive workshops in Chicago to assist new program coordinators in understanding the basics of ACGME accreditation of programs in their specialty area. For more information and a schedule of dates email

For Your Information

GNYHA - Government Affairs Alert: GME Funding Under Federal Scrutiny

GNYHA has expressed deep concern to Capitol Hill leadership that the reporting on Medicaid expenditures, which support residents at teaching hospitals, to the Federal government, as required by the House Energy and Commerce Committee legislative language titled the  Medicaid Graduate Medical Education Transparency Act, could be used to institute caps or cut funding to state Medicaid programs without considering the legitimate costs that teaching hospitals incur in treating Medicaid beneficiaries.

To read more please click here .
Call for Nominations

American Osteopathic Association (AOA) President-elect William S. Mayo, D.O., is seeking volunteer leaders to serve on important governance bodies that help shape the policy of the association. Members of the osteopathic professional family and AOA affiliate groups are encouraged to nominate a qualified colleague or themselves. The nominations and online applications must  be submitted by  Monday, May 14, 2018.

For any questions please email and enter "Query" in the subject line.

Please click here to read more.
Download Match Results in R3

Match reports will not be available in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system after June 30, 2018.  Programs and Medical Schools are advised to download program reports for Medicare cost reports and archival purposes prior to the deadline. Be advised that after the deadline, NRMP charges $200 per report.
Webinar Series: Navigating the Accreditation Forest: On the CLER Path

Date:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m., EDT
Nicole Qualls, JD, MPH

The Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) is a component of the ACGME accreditation system. This webinar will describe the CLER program and the goals of the review. Additionally, the discussion will focus on the personnel, resources and information required for a successful CLER site visit.

National Osteopathic Medicine Week

National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week takes place April 15-21, 2018. NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal - increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and D.O.s in communities across the country.

To read more please click here. Read the article in

In the News

NYIT Names Its Next Provost

Henry C. "Hank" Foley, Ph.D. , President, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), announced on April 12, 2018, the appointment of  Junius J. Gonzales, M.D. , as the university's next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective June 4, 2018.
To read more please click here.                               
Good Samaritan Recognized by Healthgrades

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY, has been recognized by Healthgrades for a number of coronary care achievements including the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award and was named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2017-2018.               

Read more.                                
Center for Parkinson Disease at Stony Brook Southampton

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital unveiled its new Center for Parkinson Disease, which was designed to provide information and support as well as cultural and fitness programming to enrich the lives of individuals living with Parkinson Disease.

To read more please click here.

Commendation Corner

NYSOMS Leadership Award Presented at ROC-NY 2018
Barbara Capozzi, D.O., NYITCOM, was honored with the Leadership Award at the Medical Society's Annual Regional Osteopathic Convention-NY (ROC-NY) on April 13, 2018.  
NYSOMS President's Awards Presented at ROC-NY 2018
Barbara Capozzi, D.O. , NYITCOM,  Kym Carpientieri, D.O. , Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, and  Patricia Happel, D.O., NYITCOM, faculty members at NYCOMEC member institutions, were honored with the President's Award at the Medical Society's Annual Regional Osteopathic Convention-NY (ROC-NY) on April 13, 2018.  
NYSOMS Student-of-the-Year Awards Presented at ROC-NY 2018
Three students from NYCOMEC member medical schools were honored as NYSOMS' Students of the Year at the Medical Society's Annual Regional Osteopathic Convention-NY (ROC-NY) on April 13, 2018.  The awards were presented to Robinder Abrol, OMS III, NYITCOM, Clark Johnsen, OMS IV, TouroCOM - Harlem Campus, and Lauren Fleig, OMS II, TouroCOM - Middletown Campus.  
Also, Student Scholarships were awarded to Samantha Gottlieb, OMS III, NYITCOM and Tyler Tantillo, OMS IV, TouroCOM.  
NYCOMEC Resident to Receive the Patrick Murray Award
Robert Mignone D.O., who graduated in 2017 from NYCOMEC Otolaryngology Residency Program at RWJBarnabas Health - Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), will receive the Patrick Murray Award for obtaining the highest national score on the ENT in-service examination. Richard Scharf, D.O., Program Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program, SBMC, stated that Dr. Mignone's accomplishments exemplifies both his individual, as well as the SBMC teaching faculty strong commitment towards the academic development of the Otolaryngology residents at SBMC. The residency program overall has also achieved a top ten score nationally for the 2017 examination.  
Inside Jersey Magazine's 2018 Top Hospital Results
Inside Jersey  magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. have released their annual survey of top hospitals in the state of New Jersey. The following NYCOMEC member institutions located in New Jersey are on top 15 overall:
  • Jersey City Medical Center ranked # 3 in overall 350 or fewer beds hospitals;
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center ranked # 6 in overall more than 350 beds hospitals;
  • Palisades Medical Center ranked # 8 in overall 350 or fewer beds hospitals;
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center ranked # 13 in overall more than 350 beds hospitals;
The prestigious "2018 Top Hospitals in New Jersey" list is tabulated based on votes from 2,429 licensed physicians in the state. 
To read more, please click  here