New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 165                                                                                             June 15, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
Coordinators' Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Wesbury Campus
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.
OMM Workshop
6:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott
102-05 Ditmars Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.
Location TBA.
Academic Council 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:
Approach to Shoulder Pain in The Primary Care Setting

Phillip Cruz, D.O.

8/1 /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's New Chairman of the Board of Directors

On June 4, 2018, Jerry Balentine, D.O., became Chairman of the NYCOMEC Board of Directors. This transition, in accordance with NYCOMEC's Bylaws, resulted from Dr. Balentine having assumed the position of Dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continues to serve as NYIT's Vice President of Medical Affairs and Global Health.

NYCOMEC's New GME Toolbox Brings Information to Your Fingertips

NYCOMEC launched its new,  GME Toolbox on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Academic Council meeting. The toolbox is designed to provide your Graduate Medical Education (GME) Department with tools and useful links they need to assist them with their jobs. You can access it by going to under Resources. It has three main sections:
To access it, please call our offices at (516) 686-3730 for the password and then click here. Please let us know if anything else should be added.
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
OMM Workshop for Trainees and Faculty
An OMM Workshop, taught by the NYITCOM's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and designed for NYCOMEC's trainees and faculty, will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the OMM laboratory located on the first floor in Serota Academic Center, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury Campus.
The workshop will be open to all AOA and ACGME trainees at your hospital, however, the registrant must have a working knowledge of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. During the workshop, trainees will work and learn together with their Program Directors and Program Faculty (DO's & MD's).
Preregistration is required . Due to limited space please register by Wednesday, Aug ust 15, 2018. Dinner will be provided starting at 5:00 p.m.
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.
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
NYCOMEC Poster Competition

NYCOMEC held its 17th Annual Research Poster Competition, in conjunction with its Spring Grand Rounds, on June 6, 2018, at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel. For almost two decades, this annual competition has been a forum for NYCOMEC trainees to showcase their experimental research and case studies, exchange ideas, and receive direct feedback on their work from experts in osteopathic medical reserach. Close to 100 posters were reviewed by the panel of judges.

Winners of the competition were: 

Experimental Research Poster Competition

First place ($500)
Brady Pennig, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
The Effect of Implementing a Visual Computer Icon on the Compliance of Cardiac Monitoring of Emergency Department Patients

Second Place ($250)
Matthew Moore, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident, Orange Regional Medical Center
Front-End Emergency Department Re-Design Significantly Improves Median Door to Balloon Time

Third Place ($125)
Alice Chen, D.O., NMM/OMM Resident, St. Barnabas Hospital
Safety and Efficacy of OMT for Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Case Study Poster Competition

First Place ($350)
Patrick Cary, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Unintended Consequences: A Young Man with an Unusual Adverse Effect of Recreational Drug Abuse

Second Place ($200)
Christine Hickey, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Acute Pulmonary Embolism and Ischemic Foot in the Setting of Supratherapeutic INR

Third Place ($100)
Henry Marr, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
A case of delayed cardiac tamponade after elective cardiac stenting

The competition was judged by a panel of volunteers under the direction of  David Yens, Ph.D. , NYCOMEC's Director of Research. We extend our sincere appreciation to our judges for their participation and enthusiasm:

Eleonora Akker, D.O.
Elliot Mayefsky, M.D.
Monique Apollon, D.O.
Dona-Marie McMahon, D.O.
Silvia Bercovici, M.D.
Laura Nimkoff, M.D.
Cheryl Carrao, D.O.
Maria Plummer, M.D.
John Dermigny, D.O.
Jill Robin Ratner, D.O. 
Robert Geckle, M.D.
Roseanna Roantree, D.O.
Steven Golinowski, D.O.
Cheryl Rosenfeld, D.O.
Peter Guiney, D.O., FACOFP
Dulaya Santikul, D.O.
Karen Hultberg, Ph.D.
Jeremy Shugar, D.O.
Christine Hutak, Ph.D.
Christian Spano, M.D.
Thomas Joyce, D.O.
Ilya Tarascin, D.O.
D avid Levy, D.O.
Justin To, M.D.
To Shan Li, D.O.
Blessit George-Varghese, D.O.
Jennifer Maccagnano, D.O.
Tara Zahtila, D.O.
2018 NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, approximately 200 faculty and trainees attended NYCOMEC's semi-annual Grand Rounds which was held at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in East Elmhurst, NY.

The first presenter, Thomas M. Gallo, J.D., Senior Counsel, Frier Levitt LLC, discussed Social Media: HIPAA and Other Threats Facing Physicians, focusing on risks and advantages associated with using social media from a clinical practice perspective.
Joyce Robert, M.D., Attending Physician & Director of Performance Improvement, South Nassau Communities Hospital , gave an engaging presentation on  How Performance Improvement (PI)  Initiatives Benefit Physicians and Their Patients. During the presentation, Dr. Robert and her team comprised of  Jomo Osborne, M.D., Nicholas Feo, M.D., and Naman Dalal, M.D.,  outlined the  importance of  performance improvement to trainees' medical knowledge and skills development.

Stacey Funt, M.D., Founder, Lifestyle Health LLC, provided the audience with Lifestyle Medicine 101-Boot Camp Basics for Busy Physicians. She discussed lifestyle medicine's impact on the health and wellness of a  busy physician, as well as self-care tips physicians can apply.
Thomas Jan, D.O., Private Practice, Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, discussed  Medical Marijuana-Fact vs. Fiction. After a brief history of marijuana and its medical uses, Dr. Jan navigated through the current medical ethics and certification process for a physician in New York State.
Dennis J. Dowling, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Service, Nassau University Medical Center, concluded the Spring Grand Rounds with a presentation titled Torque Unwinding: OMM Reversing the Vectors of Dysfunction.

NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds PowerPoint presentations are archived on our website. Please contact us at 516-686-3730 for the link and password.
NYIT-NYCOMEC Healthcare Leadership Course 

On June 6, 2018, Tara Zahtila, D.O. Associate DIO, Northwell Health Eastern Region, presented the final lecture of the NYIT-NYCOMEC Healthcare Leadership Course titled  Physician Engagement and Leadership  at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, NY. 

In her presentation, Dr. Zahtila discussed key strategies to engage physicians and highlighted various aspects of an organizational culture that can help develop, support and promote physician leadership. Her discussion also outlined the essential qualities of a physician leader and how to recognize and build upon those qualities.   
Faculty Development Program

Catherine Caronia, M.D., Chairman, Department of Graduate Medical Education, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY,  presented a faculty development program titled  A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Support Resident & Faculty Scholarly Activity on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the Rockefeller Auditorium, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus.  In her presentation, Dr. Caronia described how Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center developed a team approach across hospital disciplines to increase and enhance resident and faculty scholarly activity/research opportunities.  
ACGME Updates
Accreditation Data System (ADS) News

ADS and Case Log System Downtime for Academic Year RolloverADS will be unavailable from 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 27 until approximately 2:00 p.m. CDT on June 28 to convert the system to the 2018-2019 academic year. After 2:00 p.m. on June 28, all ACGME data systems will reflect Academic Year 2018-2019.

Annual Update ScheduledThe ADS 2018-2019 Academic Year Annual Updates will occur between July and September 2018. All required data must be reported on or before a program's scheduled deadline.

ACGME Resident and Faculty Surveys: New Well-Being Reports with National Data: Additional reports for the ACGME Resident and Faculty Surveys well-being questions are posted in ADS for those programs that participated in the 2017-2018 Surveys. These reports summarize the well-being data at a national level for both the Resident and Faculty.

To read more please click hereE-mail questions to .
Milestones News

Soliciting Work Group Volunteers : The ACGME is beginning work on Milestones 2.0, and is assembling work groups responsible for reviewing the current Milestones by specialty. Members of the GME community are invited to serve on these work groups. Nominees must be proficient in one or more of the Competencies and be familiar with The Milestones, and need to be physicians.

The deadline to volunteer for both groups is Friday, June 29, 2018.
Milestones Spring Reporting Window Now Open : The spring 2018 Milestones reporting window will remain open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, June 22, 2018, and no submissions will be accepted after that time. Submit Milestones assessments online at any time during the reporting window.

E-mail questions to
Review Committee News/Nominations

Emergency Medicine Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident MemberThe position will become available on July 1, 2019. Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and must have at least one year of residency education remaining after July 1, 2019.

Nominations will be accepted until October 1, 2018E-mail Senior Accreditation Administrator Sara Thomas  for more information.

Neurological Surgery Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident Member The position will become available on July 1, 2019. The resident member must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited neurological surgery program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency. 

Nominations will be accepted until July 31, 2018. E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director Susan Mansker.

Orthopaedic Surgery Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident MemberThe position that will become available on July 1, 2019. The resident member must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic surgery program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency.

Nominations will be accepted until August 31, 2018. E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director Susan Mansker.

Plastic Surgery Review Committee Seeks Nominations for Public Member: Submit a Nomination Form and complete CV to Associate Executive Director Cathy Ruiz.

Nominations will be accepted until a candidate has been chosen.

Surgery Review Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident Member: Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program at the time of the appointment, and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency.

Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2018. E-mail Associate Executive Director Cathy Ruiz for more information.

Thoracic Surgery Review Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident Member: Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment, and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency or fellowship.

Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2018.
E-mail Associate Executive Director Cathy Ruiz for more information

Transitional Year Review Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident Member: The resident member must have a minimum of one year of residency remaining after July 1, 2020.

Nominations will be accepted until July 13, 2018 E-mail Accreditation Administrator Aimee Morales for more information.

Transitional Year Review Committee Seeks Nominations for Two New Members: Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the Committee's current needs, with emphasis on the nominees' professional qualifications, geographic distribution, and gender diversity.

Nominations will be accepted until July 13, 2018. E-mail Accreditation Administrator  Aimee Morales for more information.

Urology  Review Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident Member: E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director  Jenny Campbell . Nominations will be accepted until December 1, 2018.
Review Committee News/Notices

Internal Medicine Review Committee Request for Initial Comment: The Review Committee invites program directors and other stakeholders in the internal medicine and the GME community to review the current Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Internal Medicine and provide recommendations for changes.

Comments must be submitted using the form by July 1, 2018. E-mail Executive Director Jerry Vasilias with questions.

Osteopathic Principles Committee Recognition-Specific Question Document Updated The Committee has updated the Recognition-Specific Question Document and it is now available under the Application for Recognition heading on the Osteopathic Recognition page on the ACGME website. Programs that submit an application for Osteopathic Recognition on or after July 1, 2018, will be required to complete and submit the updated version of the document. 

E-mail questions to Executive Director Tiffany Moss .

Radiology Review Committee:
R esident Profile Update for Diagnostic Radiology Now Available in ADS: To aid in the tracking of resident participation in diagnostic radiology specialty tracks, the Review Committee has added an option within ADS to designate a track for each resident. 

E-mail questions to Senior Accreditation Administrator 
For Your Information
Changes to COMLEX-USA Level 3 Examination to Begin in Septemb
er 2018

As part of enhancing the COMLEX-USA examination series, a new COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint  is being implemented, beginning with COMLEX-USA Level 3 in September 2018, and following in Levels 1 and 2 in 2019.

Scheduling for the two-day Level 3 examination began on March 16, 2018. To view the Level 3 examination dates, please  click here.

Information and resources are available
The  NBOME website contains information on the transition to the new COMLEX-USA blueprint. Other website resources include   changes to Level 3 frequently asked questions (FAQs), the   bulletin of information and  Level 3 practice examinations. A recorded webinar for residency program directors is also available. 
Global Health Competition for DO Students and Residents: Win $500-$1,500

The AOA's Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) is sponsoring an  abstract competition and poster session. The deadline for submission is July 20, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

The competition is open to all osteopathic medical students and residents. All entries must be focused on the entrants' experiences with global health and/or providing health care internationally.
The competition's three categories are:
Click here to learn about prizes. Submit entries  here.
Webinar: Musculoskeletal Health Disparities: Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Tamara Huff, M.D.

During this webinar it will be discussed the scope and causes of disparities in musculoskeletal healthcare. Dr. Huff will expound on the connection between obesity and joint pain, and how movement is key to break this vicious cycle. She will also discuss new challenges to ensuring equitable musculoskeletal care in diverse communities.  Register for the webinar.
Commendation Corner
NYIT Honored Dr. Balentine with the Big Bear Award

NYIT honored  Jerry Balentine, D.O., FACEP , Vice President Medical Affairs and Global Health, NYIT, and Dean, NYITCOM, with the  Big Bear Award for his contributions to the athletic program at the 13th Annual NYIT Athletics Golf Outing and Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner. Dr. Balentine spearheaded the launch of the Center for Sports Medicine upon arriving at NYIT three years ago.

"To this day the Center for Sports Medicine is one of my proudest achievements at NYIT," Dr. Balentine said.
Stuart Almer Honored at 2018 AFA Golf Classic

Stuart Almer, FACHE, President/CEO, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and a NYCOMEC Board of Directors member, was honored at the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Golf Classic which took place on June 5, 2018. Congratulations!