New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

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ISSUE 164                                                                                             June 1, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
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
Healthcare Leadership Course
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center 
Jamaica, 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
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
Annual Membership Meeting
8:20 a.m.
Location TBA.
Annual Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webinar: Sub-Occipital Release

Anuj Vohra, D.O.
6/20 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Evidence Based Approach to Concussion Management

Hallie Zwibel, D.O.
7/18 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic  Approach to the  Common Cold

Julie Thomas, D.O.
8/15 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Treatment for Sinusitis and Rhinitis

Andrew Harbison, D.O.
8/29 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
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 Spring Grand Rounds Scheduled for June 6, 2018!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369
 NYCOMEC Spring Grant Rounds will take place in conjunction with the 17th Research Poster Competition, which starts at 8:30 a.m. 

10:00 a.m.
Topic: Social Media: HIPAA and Other Threats Facing Physicians 
Presenter: Thomas M. Gallo, J.D., Senior Counsel, Frier Levitt LLC
11:00 a.m.
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
1:15 p.m.
Topic:  Lifestyle Medicine 101-Boot Camp Basics for Busy Physicians
Presenter: Stacey Funt, M.D.Founder, Lifestyle Health LLC
2:30 p.m.
Topic: Medical Marijuana-Fact vs. Fiction 
Presenter: Thomas Jan, D.O., Private Practice, Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation
3:30 p.m.
Topic: Torque Unwinding: OMM Reversing the Vectors of Dysfunction
Presenter: Dennis J. Dowling, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Service, Nassau University Medical Center

Please contact us at 516-686-3730 if you have any questions.
Don't Miss Our Final Program! 
NYIT-NYCOMEC Healthcare Leadership Course 
Tara Zahtila, D.O.,  Associate DIO, Northwell Health Eastern Region; Assistant Professor, Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 
Friday, June 8, 2018
1:00 PM

Garden Room North - New Trump Pavilion
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
89-40 135th Street,  Jamaica, NY  11418

AAFP CME credit is provided by Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.  
Faculty Development Program

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Support Resident & Faculty Scholarly Activity
Catherine G. Caronia, M.D., Chairman, Department of Graduate Medical Education, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
10:00 a.m.  (immediately following the Academic Council meeting)
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus

If you have any questions please call 516-686-3730.
Need Speakers for Your Next Grand Rounds?
The NYCOMEC Speakers Bureau offers a comprehensive list of presenters and topics for our member institutions' Grand Rounds or other hospital-based educational events. For more information, please contact Sharon Player at 516-686-1283 or
Need Advice on GME Issues?  Collaborate with Your Peers through NYCOMEC's GME Discussions Forums
Do you or your staff ever have a GME-related concern and wish you could quickly ask your peers to see how they might approach the problem? NYCOMEC's online  GME Discussions is the perfect venue!  
For DIOs, DMEs, PDs, and Faculty:
The Educators' Assembly forum offers a private online discussion board where GME leaders can seek advice among each other, share ideas and best practices, and collaboratively work on solutions to common GME concerns. The forum is exclusive to NYCOMEC member institutions and includes AOA and ACGME programs.     
For Program Coordinators and GME Support Staff:
We've also established the Coordinators' Assembly forum exclusive for the Institutional and Program Coordinators and GME staff from NYCOMEC member institutions, where they can ask questions, seek best practices and share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues.   
If you have not received an email with GME Discussions registration information (user name and temporary password) and/or need more information please email  Daniela Popa, M.H.A. or call her at (516) 686-3953.   
Reminder to All Graduate Medical Education Faculty and Staff

As part of our ongoing strategic planning efforts, NYCOMEC continues to assist our member institutions with all documentation requirements related to trainees' 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). For each trainee in a NYCOMEC sponsored AOA or ACGME program, please submit a completed 2018-2019 NYCOMEC Registration Form and a 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 email  Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, with any questions or concerns.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series
These webinars are for NYCOMEC Trainees, Faculty, Medical Staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM Students.

Sub-Occipital Release
June 20, 2018
12:00 noon
Anuj Vohra, D.O.Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Department,  Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown
2018 Board of Directors Meeting and Strategic Planning Retreat

NYCOMEC's Board of Directors Meeting and Strategic Planning Retreat took place on May 24, 2018, at the Long Island Marriott, located in Uniondale. At the meeting, the Board discussed various options regarding NYCOMEC's structure and array of services as the transition to the ACGME single accreditation system progresses. 
The next NYCOMEC Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for September 28, 2018.
Ready to Heal, Ready to Lead: Hooding and Graduation of NYITCOM's Class of 2018 

On May 22, 2018, NYITCOM's newest osteopathic physicians received their doctoral hoods during a ceremony which took place at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, p rior to the main commencement ceremony. 

"Put ethics, commitment, work dedication, and compassion before ego and try to weave sufficiently long periods of fun into your new fabric as a physician. Start now and remember: a good sense of humor means finding something to laugh at when others see only problems," said  Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYITCOM.
TouroCOM-Middletown Celebrates Its First Class

A big milestone for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Middletown which conferred diplomas upon 118 students of its first graduating class on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

"These medical students chose to come here before the building was complete, before the faculty was hired, before there was even a place on campus to interview them,"  Kenneth Steier, D.O.,  Executive Dean, told Thursday's graduation audience. "Talk about a leap of faith."

To read more please click here.
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates Sixth Commencement

On May 29, 2018, the  Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Harlem  (TouroCOM) conferred diplomas upon 126 members of the Class of 2018 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. 

In his welcoming address, David Forstein, D.O., Dean, TouroCOM-Harlem, told the graduates, "You have earned the privilege to care for patients," and quoted Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine, on what makes them unique: "'to find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease'. This concept, seeking to find health, is what makes you distinct as osteopathic physicians."

ACGME Updates
ADS Updates

ADS and Case Log System Downtime due to Academic Year Rollover
ADS will be unavailable beginning June 27 from 12:59 a.m. (EST) until approximately 3:00 p.m. (EST) on June 28 to convert to the 2018-2019 academic year. After 3:00 p.m. on June 28th, the ACGME's data systems will reflect Academic Year 2018-2019, and all residents and fellows will have an unconfirmed status, similar to previous academic year rollovers.

Year-End Case Log Data Verification Deadline for Graduating Residents and Fellows
Specialties that require use of the ACGME Case Log System must verify data for their 2017-2018 graduates. Detailed instructions are available in the "Case Log User Guide" located in a program's Case Log Reference Material section. The verification deadline for each specialty will be displayed in a program's "Important Dates" section once the system has rolled over to the new academic year on June 28. Email with questions.
Review Committee News 

Obstetrics and Gynecology Review Committee
New Required Block Diagram Format
Beginning July 1, 2018 the Review Committee will require the use of a new block diagram format. Examples and the fillable form are available on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website.

Surgery Review Committee 
Education Requests
Flexibility in education requests will be considered for the following three purposes:
  • Focused training during which chief residents will have more than six months of essential content in one area during the PG-5 year;
  • Unique educational opportunities for residents to have up to six months of chief experience during the PG-4 year;
  • Establishment of an education "track" (e.g., rural, burn) where only some residents elect to complete a structured "track" curriculum.
Information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Surgery section of the ACGME website.  E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director 

Case Log Update
Following discussions with the complex general surgical oncology community, the Review Committee has removed the requirement to designate one code as "primary" in an individual fellow's Case Log. This will allow all procedures to count toward the fellow's Case Logs and will allow more than one fellow to take credit for a procedure on a patient. 

Pathology Review Committee
Seeking Resident Member
The Review Committee seeks nominations for its next resident member. E-mail Accreditation Administrator Matt Lange  for more information and to submit a nomination.  Nominations will be accepted until July 31, 2018.
Milestones News 

Milestones Online Education Now Available
A new online mini-course,  Introduction to Assessment, is now available. More information and access to the course can be found under the "Online Education" header on the  Milestones Resources page .

Soliciting Work Group Volunteers
The ACGME is assembling a work group responsible for reviewing the current Allergy and Immunology, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry Milestones to determine what, if any, changes need to be made, by specialty. Deadline is June 8, 2018.

ACGME Annual Education Conference Video Series for American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Programs and Institutions

Educational videos based upon presentations from the ACGME/AODME-co-sponsored Osteopathic Pre-Conference that took place as part of the 2018 Annual Educational Conference are now available. These sessions help coach program and institutional leaders through the stages of applying for ACGME accreditation and introduces them to the annual data reporting timeline and the responsibilities involved in maintaining accreditation. 

Among the videos available are:
  • A Year in the Life of a Program;
  • An Overview of Pre-Accreditation and Continued Pre-Accreditation: What's Next?
  • Review of the New Osteopathic Recognition Requirement;
  • Scholarly Activity for Residents and Faculty Members;
  • What Do I Need to Know About Accreditation Site Visits?
In addition, a mini-course, The Role and Responsibilities of a Sponsoring Institution, is available for institutions preparing applications for ACGME accreditation. This course and the videos can be found in the ACGME's Learning Management System, Bridge. Register for a Bridge account at  
2019 ACGME Annual Education Conference Call for Sessions 

The ACGME recently announced the Call for Sessions for the 2019 Annual Education Conference to be held March 7-10, 2019 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. The submission deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018

ACGME Board to Consider Common Program Requirement Revisions

The ACGME Board of Directors will meet in June 8-10, 2018, and is expected to consider the revisions to the Common Program Requirements Section I-V. The proposed revisions address issues that will help to smooth the transition to the single GME accreditation system. These include inclusion of AOA-board certification for program director certification requirements, acceptance of AOA residency training for advancement to ACGME fellowships, and more. 

For Your Information
Residents and Interns: Receive a Free Trip to OMED 2018 in San Diego

This year, the AOA's Bureau of Emerging Leaders (BEL) will provide scholarships to 10 osteopathic postdoctoral trainees to attend OMED 2 018 in San Diego. Recipients will receive complimentary OMED registration and two hotel nights as well as a travel stipend that covers the cost of economy airfare up to $545. Apply by June 30, 2018.

To read more please click here.
Upcoming Webinar: 
Developing a Wellness Curriculum

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Presenter: Margaret M. Wilkins, DO, FACOFP

In recognition of the high rate of burnout, depression and suicidality among learners, a wellness curriculum is important. This webinar will provide participants with tips and ideas on how to start and maintain a wellness curriculum for learners.
In the News
NYITCOM at A-State Secures USDA Funding for Mobile Medical Clinic

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State) has received a total award of $828,748 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a mobile medical clinic aimed at delivering health care to underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Delta region.

To read more please click here .
AACOM's Board of Deans Executive Committee Election

Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYITCOM, was elected Secretary/ Treasurer, Finance Chair of the AACOM's Board of Deans Executive Committee. The new Executive Committee members will meet during OMED 2018 in San Diego, CA. 

To read more please click here .
St. Bernards Opens Expanded Heartcare Center

On Friday, May 25, 2018, St. Bernards Medical Center officially opened the newly expanded and renovated Heartcare Center, which includes additional lab, surgical and patient-care areas.

To read more please click here .
SBSH Receives $1.6 Million Gift for Phillips Family Cancer Center

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) officials were presented with a $1.6 million gift on Tuesday, May 29, which will be earmarked for the new Phillips Family Cancer Center.

To read more please click here .
Commendation Corner
Gurwin's Staff Acknowledged for Exemplary Service to the Long Island Community

Stuart B. Almer, President and CEO, and Bert E. Brodsky, Board Chairman, accepted on behalf of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center a New York State Assembly Citation from Assemblyman Andrew Raia for exemplary service to the community. The citation was presented during the 51st celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week, which also coincided with Gurwin's 30th anniversary.

To read more please click here.
Montefiore Nyack Hospital Awarded Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission

Montefiore Nyack Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Certification for the third consecutive time.

To read more please click here.
ORMC Earns Patient Safety Excellence Award

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a recipient of the 2018 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

To read more please click here.