New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 158                                                                           February 28, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar

NYCOMEC Hospitality Reception at ACGME Conference
7:00 p.m.
Jacks Place
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL
Global Health Grand Rounds
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course
12:30 p.m.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, NY
Faculty Development Program: Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll in Graduate Medical Education
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Hospital Day
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Student Activity Center
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Research Poster Competition
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Spring Grand Rounds
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY

NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webinar: Hands-on Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury: a Paradigm for OMT & the Injured Patient?

Gerard A. Baltazar, D.O.
3/14 /2018
12:0 0 noon EST
Research Webinar: Nonparametric Statistics: Odd Ratios, Sensitivity, Specificity, Epidemiological Concepts, Logistic Regression, How to Work with a Statistician

David Yens, Ph.D.
3/22 /2018
12:0 0 noon EST
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Approach to Lower Back Pain

George Cheriyan, D.O.
3/28 /2018
12:0 0 noon EST
O.R. Webinar: Revisiting Somatic Dysfunction in Clinical Practice

Mikhail Volokitin, D.O.
4/11 /2018
12:0 0 noon EST
Research Webinar: Proposal and Protocol Development, Research Laws, Ethics and IRB Submissions/ Processing

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

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

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

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

David Yens, Ph.D.
5/24 /2018
12:0 0 noon EST

National Recruiting Events

April 12-15, 2018
Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel,  Hauppague, NY 

National Meetings/Events

2018 ACGME Educational Conference 
March 1-4, 2018 
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort 
Orlando, Florida 
2018 Joint AACOM & AODME 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

Please join us!  

NYCOMEC Leadership Reception at the Annual ACGME Conference 

March 2, 2018
7:00 p.m. EST
Jacks Place,  Rosen Plaza Hotel, 
9700 International Drive Orlando, FL.

ALL ATTENDEES from NYCOMEC member institutions  present at the 2018 Annual ACGME Educational Conference  in Orlando, Florida, are invited.

Please contact the NYCOMEC office at (516) 686-3730 for more information and to RSVP. 

The next Healthcare Leadership program will take place on:  
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
12:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, NY  11355
Shane Speights, D.O.Site Dean, NYITCOM at Arkansas State University
Transition from Colleague to Supervisor 
For more information, please email Sharon Player or call (516) 686-3730.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

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

Gerard Baltazar, D.O., Associate Director, and Fellowship Program Director, Surgical Critical Care, St. Barnabas Hospital
March 14, 2018
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. EST
If you are interested in presenting a topic, you are welcome to  email   or call her at 516-686-3950 to schedule a webinar. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity.
Faculty Development Program: 
Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll in Graduate Medical Education

March 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus

This half-day faculty and staff development program is dedicated to addressing the physical and mental well-being of physicians in training. Here are just a couple of presentations we would like to highlight this week:

The Impaired Trainee: Recognizing & Preventing Substance Abuse
Presented by:  Terry Bedient, FACHE Director, The Committee for Physician Health,  Division of the Medical Society of the State of New York

What do you do when you have a resident or fellow who is dealing with a psychiatric problem or drug addiction? It is a sensitive topic, but one that arises frequently in postdoctoral training. The Committee for Physician Health provides non-disciplinary, confidential assistance to physicians, residents, and medical students experiencing problems from stress, mental illness, or substance abuse. Join us for an informative presentation on how to recognize these behaviors and options for prevention and reduction.

Fostering a Healthy Learning Environment in GME
Pr esented by:  Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., FACOI, Chief Academic Officer &  DME, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

It is important for our physicians in training to have a healthy and safe clinical learning environment so that they can go on to administer the best health care possible to patients. Come listen to Dr. Cannon discuss ways he has implemented resident wellness initiatives within his institution and how to create a culture that supports our residents and fellows while serving their best interests.   

This program is open to ALL faculty, staff, administrators, interns, residents, and fellows. The $97.00 fee will be waived for attendees from NYCOMEC member institutions.

AOA CME Credit Available. 
NYCOMEC Hospital Day

The NYCOMEC Hospital Day will take place on May 4, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., in the Student Activity Center's Gymnasium, located on the Old Westbury Campus. At this event, 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 Research Poster Competition: Call for Posters

NYCOMEC's 17th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Research Poster Competition will be held in conjunction with the NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. 
All trainees from NYCOMEC programs are invited to present their experimental research and/or case study posters.  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
NYCOMEC Blue OR Webinars Newly Archived

The NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition (OR) Webinar Series continues to have great success as several dozens of trainees and faculty register for and view each webinar. The OR webinars are archived on the NYCOMEC website. If you would like to view again one or more of these webinars or have missed a previous webinar, please contact the NYCOMEC offices at (516) 686-3730 for access information. 

We are always looking for more presenters for our webinars. If you are interested in presenting a topic, you are welcome to  email Lynn Mark, D.O., or call her at (516) 686-3950 to schedule a webinar. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity requirements.

The following webinars are newly archived:

November 8, 2017 -  OMM for the Abdomen & GI Disorders conducted by Jincy Cherian, D.O., Family Medicine Physician, The Institute for Family Health, Kingston, NY;

December 6, 2017 -  Integrating OMM into Your Musculoskeletal Practice: A Peer-Review Perspective, presented by Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Old Westbury Campus, NY;

January 17, 2018 -  Osteopathic Approach to Hypothyroid Disease conducted by Denise Burns, D.O., Assistant Professor, OMM Department, TouroCOM - Harlem Campus;

January 31, 2018 -  Incorporating Care of Developmentally Disabled Patients into Osteopathic GME presented by Bernadette Riley, D.O., Associated Professor, Family Medicine Department, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Old Westbury Campus, NY;

February 14, 2018 -  OMT in the Geriatric Population, conducted by Dennis Burke, D.O., Assistant Professor, OMM Department, TouroCOM - Harlem Campus.

Please click  here for the schedule of upcoming webinars.
ACGME Updates
ACGME Common Program Requirements Proposed Revisions

On February 6, 2018, the ACGME posted proposed revisions to the ACGME common program requirements Sections I-V. These proposed revisions are open for public comment until March 22, 2018. Among the proposed changes is the formal recognition of AOA board certification as an acceptable credential for program directors and faculty. 

New Comprehensive Physician Well-Being Tools and Resources Page Launched

The ACGME has launched a comprehensive Tools and Resources page for institutions, programs, trainees, and faculty members to support and promote well-being and wellness in the clinical learning environment. These resources  support the elements of Section VI of the Common Program Requirements, which emphasize psychological, emotional, and physical well-being as critical to the development of practicing physicians. 

Program and institutional representatives are also encouraged to submit descriptions of additional tools, resources, and strategies that have proven effective within their own organization and/or programs. E-mail these to
Review Committee News/Notices:

Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Review Committee

Frequently Asked Questions Document Updated
The Review Committee has updated its FAQs document, accessible from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the   Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine section of the ACGME website. The committee added new FAQs or updated existing FAQs on the following topics:
  • Academic medicine experiences;
  • Continuity of care clinic location(s);
  • Designated patients;
  • Quality metrics and benchmarks for faculty and residents;
  • ADS entry of resident's program year.
Please direct any questions to Executive Director Tiffany Moss.
Self-Study and 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit Update - Clarifying the time lag between the Self-Study and the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit

The 1 0-Year Accreditation Site Visits will be scheduled between 18 and 24 months following a program's Self-Study submission. The date for the 10-Year Site Visit indicated in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) is the earliest possible date, not the actual, scheduled date of the visit. The majority of programs will have closer to a 24-month or more lag between their Self-Study and the 10-Year Site Visit. All programs will be given 90 days advance notice of the actual date of their 10-Year Site Visit.  E-mail questions about scheduling to Associate Director, Field Activities Andrea Chow.

New Common Focal Questions for 10-Year Site Visit
During the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit, ACGME Accreditation Field Representatives will ask a few questions to all programs in three common focal areas: 
  • clinical experiences, didactics, and assessments that collectively promote readiness for unsupervised practice (or the next phase of clinical education); 
  • a collegial, supportive learning environment; and 
  • faculty development programs focused on faculty member roles in teaching, supervision, and assessment. 
Field Representatives will offer formative feedback in these areas during the Self-Study feedback session, and will collect notable practices for dissemination to the GME community.

Please send your email questions about the focal areas for the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit to Senior Vice President, Field Activities Ingrid Philibert
Milestone News  Seeking Volunteers for Work Groups

The ACGME is beginning work on Milestones 2.0, and is assembling Work Groups to review the current Milestones to determine what, if any, changes need to be made by specialty.  Nominees must be proficient in one or more of the Competencies and be familiar with the Milestones, and they do not need to be physicians.  Volunteers are currently needed for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Milestone Work Groups. The deadline to volunteer are Friday, March 16, 2018.

For more information, visit the Milestones Engagement page or 
e-mail questions to
For Your Information
Transitioning your Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) to ACGME Transitional Year

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., EST, Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE, Executive Director, ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee will present on Transitioning your Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) to ACGME Transitional Year as part of the AOGME Webinar Series. During her presentation, Dr. Gross  will provide an overview of the Transitional Year program, the application process, and the specialties that utilize the transitional year as the preliminary year.

Quality Improvement: How and Why in GME 

Daniel Lombardi, D.O.Patient Safety Officer, Associate Medical Director, and Director of Medical Education, SBH Health System, held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, a webinar titled Quality Improvement: How and Why in GME, which focused on the role and implementation of quality improvement processes in graduate medical education. The webinar recording is posted on the AOGME website. 

JAOA Student Peer Reviewers Opportunity

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) recognizes the importance of engaging students in scholarly activity at an early stage. To assist in this process, the JAOA is opening its peer review process to osteopathic medical students. Students who are interested should email with their Curriculum Vitae, the name of the mentor who has agreed to guide them in the peer review process, and any areas of interest. 

To read more please click here
Resources for the NRMP's Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP)

In preparation for the NRMP's Match and SOAP Week (March 12-16, 2018) , the NRMP's website includes a wealth of  information and resources that explain the SOAP process and timeline. To view, click here
2018 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Each year AACOM awards a financial scholarship to at least two osteopathic medical students, one of which is newly accepted and one a continuing student. This scholarship recognizes under-represented minority students attending one of the member colleges of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 

For eligibility criteria and more information, click here
In the News
CRMC Gets Over $3 Million in New Federal Funding

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has been awarded $3.3 million in federal funding from the Low-Volume Hospital program. The grant is a five-year extension of a federal healthcare program that is critical to the financial stability of rural hospitals.

Please read more here
Coney Island Hospital Is Adding a New Building to Its Campus

The institution filed plans with the New York City's Department of Buildings to construct a 10-story building that would stand 206 feet tall and span about 903,000 square feet.

Please read more here
Commendation Corner
JAOA Peer Reviewers, 2017

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., Associate Professor and Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine Department, and Sheldon Yao, D.O., Associate Professor and Chair, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department, both at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Old Westbury Campus, are among the dedicated professionals who, in 2017, completed more than 5 peer reviews for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). 

To read the JAOA article please click here