New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 166                                                                                            June 28, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
Board Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Wesbury Campus
Board Finance Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coordinators' Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Terrace Room
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: 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
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Considerations for the Infant

Susan Milani, D.O. 
9/12 /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
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.

Evidence Based Approach to Concussion Management
July 18, 2018
12:00 noon
Hallie Zwibel, D.O.Assistant Professor, Family Medicine Department, and Director, Sports Medicine, NTIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Old Westbury Campus
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 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.
NYCOMEC's New GME Toolbox Brings Information to Your Fingertips

NYCOMEC's  GME 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.
Scholarly Activity Opportunities for Faculty  - Join our Speakers Bureau

Faculty who join NYCOMEC's Speakers Bureau may achieve scholarly activity by serving as a presenter  at one of our member institution's Grand Rounds, s ymposiums or other clinical conferences.  To join the Speakers Bureau, please complete NYCOMEC's Speaker Bureau Form and  email it, along with your CV, to Sharon Player at  

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.  To schedule a speaker to present at your organization's event, please contact Sharon Player at 516-686-1283 or
NYCOMEC Trainees Graduation Season

NYCOMEC joined several of its member institutions as they celebrated the graduation of their postdoctoral trainees.

David Broder, D .O., President, NYCOMEC, and Lynn Mark, D.O., M.A., Accreditation Director, NYCOMEC, attended Plainview Hospital's Graduation Ceremony on June 19, 2018 at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola, NY. Tara Zahtila, D.O., Director of Medical Education, Plainview Hospital and Associate DIO-Eastern Region, Northwell Health, along with all the program directors and faculty, very proudly introduced the new graduates.

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) very proudly held its second residency commencement on June 22, 2018. NYCOMEC was represented by David Broder, D.O., President, and Lynn Mark, D.O., M.A., Accreditation Director, who congratulated the graduates.

On June 25, 2018, new physicians graduated from their postdoctoral training programs at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. David Broder, D.O., President, NYCOMEC, was among the speakers at this year's graduation ceremony. He congratulated the newest physicians for their commitment to a lifetime of education and noted that they will be confronted with challenges that today may not even be known. NYCOMEC was also represented by Lynn Mark, D.O., M.A., Accreditation Director. 
Peconic Bay Medical Center Achieves Initial Accreditation

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Peconic Bay Medical Center, a NYCOMEC member institution for over a decade, achieved Initial Accreditation under the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Congratulations to  Evan Nadal, D.O. Program Director, faculty and staff.   
ACGME Updates
Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) News

JGME Is Going "Green". Readers Will Need to Opt In to Receive a Print Issue
Beginning with the August 2018 issue, current recipients of JGME will need to opt in if they want to continue to receive the print issue. Online access to JGME will remain the same.  To continue receiving print issues, e-mail with the following: full name; role (program director, designated institutional official, etc.); program/institution; mailing address; and business e-mail.

JGME Open Call for Peer Reviewers ( Opportunity for Scholarly Activity)
JGME is looking for peer reviewers with experience in graduate medical education.  Peer reviewers evaluate a manuscript submitted to JGME for scientific merit, including whether it addresses a topic of interest and relevance to the journal's audience, connection with existing literature/best practices in the field, methodological rigor, and whether the quality and clarity of the writing is generally acceptable. The review process for JGME is single blind, and reviewers remain anonymous (with the option to sign their name with comments to the authors). Peer review is a form of scholarly activity, and benefits the larger academic community. JGME peer reviewers and top peer reviewers are recognized annually by the publication.  Visit the JGME website  for more information. 
Those interested in being a peer reviewer should e-mail to with their contact information and CV.
CLER Blackout Weeks Announced

Three times a year, a feature within ADS opens to allow designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators the option of requesting blackout weeks from CLER visits. During these windows, DIOs and institutional coordinators may log into ADS and click on "Blackout Dates" in the right navigation panel under the "CLER" tab to submit their requests. Please note, only the DIO and institutional coordinator have access to this feature in ADS and ADS will only allow users to enter up to five weeks per time period.

The remaining window for this year is  July 2-27, 2018 to enter requests for September-December 2018.
In 2018, the CLER Program will avoid scheduling site visits during the following weeks:
* July 2-6, 2018 (CLER blackout week);
* December 24-28, 2018 (CLER blackout week);
The CLER Program will also avoid scheduling on the following days (note: the CLER Program will still schedule visits during these weeks):
* September 3, 2018 (Labor Day)
* November 22-23, 2018 (Thanksgiving)
To successfully schedule a CLER visit, the DIO and CEO of the site being visited must agree to participate in an initial and exit meeting. When selecting blackout dates, check with the CEO of the clinical site to be visited to identify known dates of unavailability. Also consider any other times when institutional staff members may not be available.

Sponsoring Institutions with a status of Pre-Accreditation or Initial Accreditation will not be contacted to schedule a CLER visit until their status is changed to Continued Accreditation.

The CLER Program will make every effort to comply with your requests; however, there is no guarantee that you will not be contacted for a visit during the requested blackout dates.

E-mail questions to  Joshua Miron
Review Committee Updates

Transitional Year Committee
Request for Initial Comment
The Review Committee will start soon a major revision of the Program Requirements and requests comments about the overall purpose and benefit of transitional year programs, as well as recommendations for requirement changes. Provide input using this form by July 31, 2018. The form can be completed anonymously, and responses can be saved to make future edits or revisions. E-mail questions to Executive Director Cheryl Gross.

Dermatology Committee
The Review Committee is seeking nominations for its next resident member. Criteria for selection and other membership and nomination requirement details can be found here. E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director Sandra BenitezNominations will be accepted until August 16, 2018.

Neurology Committee
The Review Committee is seeking nominations for its next resident member, a position that will become available on July 1, 2019. For more information, click here or email questions to Senior Accreditation Administrator Tiffany Hewitt.
Nominations will be accepted until August 3, 2018.

Osteopathic Principles Committee (Osteopathic Recognition)
The Recognition Committee is seeking nominations for a public member.
Criteria for selection and other membership and nomination requirements are available here. E-mail if interested. Self-nominations are welcome.
Nominations will be accepted until August 1, 2018.

Psychiatry Committee
The Review Committee is seeking nominations for its next resident member, a position that will become available on July 1, 2019. For information, click here or email questions to Senior Accreditation Administrator Tiffany Hewitt.
Nominations will be accepted until August 3, 2018.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Committee
Gynocologic Oncology Case Log Updating Late July
The ACGME Case Log Team is working on significant changes to the Gynecologic Oncology Case Log System that will make logging cases easier and ensure essential information about fellows' experiences is being captured. Changes should be finalized by the end of July.
Until then, fellows should continue to log as outlined in Case Log Instructions: Gynecologic Oncology. Existing Case Log data will be assimilated into the new Case Log organization. The Review Committee will keep programs updated through e-Communication. E-mail questions to Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering.

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. E-mail questions to Associate Executive Director Jenny Campbell.

Osteopathic Neuromuscloskeletal Medicine Committee
Case Log Utilization by Transitioning AOA Programs
A memo providing guidance to program directors regarding when residents in AOA-approved programs which are transitioning to ACGME accreditation, should begin entering patient encounters and procedures in the ACGME Case Log System is now available on the Documents and Resources page of the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine section of the ACGME website. E-mail questions to Executive Director Tiffany Moss.
ACGME Coordinator Advisory Group

Seeking Nominations for Coordinator Advisory Group
The ACGME is now accepting member nominations for the Coordinator Advisory Group, which serves as a consultative body to the ACGME administration concerning coordinator, graduate medical education, learning environment, and accreditation matters. Nominees are being accepted to serve July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.  Nominations are due August 15, 2018. To learn more, click here or email questions to
For Your Information
Reminder: Medicare GME Affiliated Group Agreements Due on July 1, 2018

The deadline for submitting the Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 academic year is July 1, 2018. Please submit them via email to Also, changes to the existing agreements have to be submitted by June 30, 2018, to the same email address.
ERAS for 2019 MATCH Season

The Program Directors Work Station (PDWS) in ERAS is now open for all July and September cycle programs. During preseason setup, Program Directors and Coordinators can access Filters, Scheduler, and Setup to prepare for the upcoming recruitment season. 

Anyone who had access to the PDWS during the previous season with "Active" and "Verified" status will have access this season.
PDWS Training
ERAS has created a PDWS Getting Started Guide to highlight the updates for the new season. In addition, the ERAS staff will facilitate a series of webinars for PDWS users over the summer to help orient new July cycle program users and provide information and updates to those familiar with the system. Visit the ERAS program website for upcoming webinar dates, additional webinars for September cycle programs will be posted by August. 
AOF Accepting Nominations for the Outstanding Resident of the Year Award

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) is accepting now nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Resident of the Year Award. Applications for this award are due on July 1 by 11:59 p.m. CDT

Click the links below to access applications for the following nine specialties:

Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology






If you have any questions please visit the AOF website or email to  
Changes to COMLEX-USA Level 3 Examination to Begin in September 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. 
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, the scope and causes of disparities in musculoskeletal healthcare will be discussed. 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. 

In the News
Dr. Zwibel Featured in Highly Publicized Associated Press Story on Jockey Concussion

Hallie Zwibel, D.O., Director, Center for Sports Medicine, and Assistant Professor, Family Medicine Department, NYITCOM, has been featured widely in a story regarding the need for concussion protocols in horseracing. The story, which was originally published by the Associated Press just days before the Belmont Stakes, appeared in several prominent outlets such as  USA TodayABC News, and  Fox Sports, among many others.

Read more here
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Finishes Expansion, Renovation Project

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has wrapped up work on a $10.6 million, 21,500-square-foot project in West Islip, N.Y.   Construction, completed in phases while the hospital was fully functional, included the new Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center and Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) and expansion of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU).

To read more please click here.
Commendation Corner

NYITCOM Researchers Awarded with AOA Grants

Four out of 13 projects in osteopathic medicine, which received $1.3 million in grant funding from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), are led by teams from NYITCOM, including one led by an osteopathic medical student. The projects are:
  • Jerry Balentine, D.O.: Meditation, Alignment with the Osteopathic Philosophy and Empathy in Osteopathic Medical Students: A Randomized Controlled Interventional Trial;
  • Katrina Bantis, OMS II: The Cardioprotective Benefits of Prolonged Fasting;
  • Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue, M.A., PhD: A Novel Lifestyle Intervention Program to Improve Body Composition and Chronic Disease Biomarkers in Overweight Medical Students: A Randomized Trial;
  • Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O.: Diabetes and OMM: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
To read more please click here .
Dr. Mark Received Special Recognition Award at ORMC Annual Excellence in Education Awards Dinner

Lynn Mark, D.O., M.A., Accreditation Director, NYCOMEC, received the Special Recognition Award for her unwavering support of Graduate Medical Education at Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) at the Annual Excellence in Education Awards Dinner which took place at Villa Venezia, Middletown, NY, on June 22, 2018, after the Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations!
ORMC Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard Re-accreditation by the CEO Roundtable On Cancer

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) was re-accredited by the CEO Roundtable On Cancer with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, acknowledging its commitment to the health of its employees and their families by agreeing to meet a high standard of cancer prevention, screening and care guidelines.

To read more click here.
Good Samaritan Receives the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award for the Fifth Time, Fifteen Years in a Row

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has awarded its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award to the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for the fifth consecutive survey, 15 years in a row. This is a recognition only earned by seven cancer programs nationwide.

To read more click here.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, both part of MediSys Health Network, received the Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award, an accolade that recognizes hospitals that lead in the prevention of patient safety events. This prestigious honor highlights the hospitals' performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay.

To read more click here.
Montefiore Nyack Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Montefiore Nyack Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To read more click here.