New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 135                                                                                                                                             March 15, 2017
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Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
Effective Communication Skills
Abraham Jeger, Ph.D.
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, NY 11355
Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program: Physician Professionalism
Paul Moglia, Ph.D.
9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Trainee Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.
NYCOMEC Board Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m.
NYCOMEC Hospitality Reception Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Conference 
6:45 p.m.
Location TBA.
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Viana Hotel & Spa
3998 Brush Hollow Road Westbury, NY 
Research Poster Competition
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott
102-05 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY
Spring Grand Rounds
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott
102-05 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY
Upcoming National
NYCOMEC Staff Will Be Promoting Your Programs at the Following Events:

LECOM Erie Hospital Day
Friday, April 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Erie, PA
2017 ROC-NY
April 6-9, 2017 
Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel 
Hauppauge, NY
PCOM Hospital Day
Friday, April 21, 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA
Upcoming National GME Meetings/Events
2017 Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Conference
April 26-29, 2017
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
Research  Webin ar: Non-parametric Statistics, Odds Ratios, Sensitivity, Specificity, Epidemiological Concepts, How to Work with a Statistician
David Yens, Ph.D.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMT and Pulmonary Disease
Kenneth Steier, D.O., M.B.A., M.P.H.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
Acute Otitis Media: An Osteopathic Approach
Revital Caronia, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
Research  Webin ar: Proposal and Protocol Development, Research Laws, Ethics and IRB Submission/ Processing

David Yens, Ph.D.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
An Application of the Osteopathic Primary Care Sports Medicine Model
Naresh Rao, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
Osteopathic Considerations for the Patients with TMJ
R. Keith Felstead, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
Research  Webin ar: Funding Research, Preparing and Applying for Grand Funding

David Yens, Ph.D.
12:0 0 noon
NYCOMEC Mission Statement

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

NYCOMEC Happenings
Applying for Osteopathic Recognition?

The next deadline for Osteopathic Recognition applications is Friday, June 23, 2017. Please contact the NYCOMEC office at 516.686.3730 if you need assistance. 

The Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course comprises a series of ten lectures designed to develop and enhance leadership skills among healthcare administrators, physicians and management staff. 

Our second program  in the Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course is:

Effective Communication Skills
Abraham Jeger, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and Assistant Dean, Academic Outreach & Site Development, NYITCOM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Flushing  Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355

AA FP CME credit is provided by Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. 1-B AOA credit is provided by NYCOMEC/NYIT.

To view future topics and speakers, please click here.  

For more information, please call NYCOMEC at (516) 686-3730 or email .  
Faculty Development Program:  Physician Professionalism

March 22, 2017
9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium,  NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus
Paul Moglia, Ph.D.

This presentation will assist your faculty in teaching trainees about core  elements of Professionalism and how to address lapses, as well as how to identify conditions  which challenge their own ability to act professionally.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

These webinars are for NYCOMEC Trainees, Faculty, Medical Staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM Students.

OMT and Pulmonary Disease
March 29, 2017
12:00 noon
Kenneth Steier, D.O., M.B.A., M.P.H., Executive Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds and Annual Trainee Poster Competition
NYCOMEC's 16th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition will be held in conjunction with the NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds on Thursday May 25, 2017, at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY.
The Trainee Poster Competition will start at 8:30 a.m. while the Grand Rounds at 10:00 a.m. 

The key note speaker for the Spring Grand Rounds is Jay Lombard, D.O., Chief Scientific Officer, Medical Director, and Co-founder, Genomind, who will present on Functional Medicine in the Era of Personalized Health: How the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Can Help Patients Find the Care They Are Looking for

The list of speakers include: Jerry Balentine, D.O.,Vice President, Medical Affairs & Global Health, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, who will discuss Leadership Strategies for Everyday Practice; Lawrence Kobak, DPM, JD, Attorney, Kurt Augustine P.C., who will advise you on Don't Ignore The Fine Print!; Alexander Chiu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Ross Medical Corporation, who will present on  Telemedicine Secrets Companies Don't Tell You - Avoid Risking Your License and Enjoy Working from Home or Anywhereand more.

For more information about Grand Rounds please contact   Lynn Mark,  516.686.3950.

Poster Competition Requirements/Submission

All trainees from NYCOMEC programs are invited to participate in the Research Poster Competition presenting their experimental research and/or case study posters. 

Participants must complete an Poster Submission Form and send it to our office, along with the Word version of the poster's abstract, by Wednesday, April 5, 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

NYCOMEC Speakers Bureau - Share Your Expertise!

We invite you to join NYCOMEC's Speakers Bureau.  The benefits are:
  • Your name and expertise are promoted by NYCOMEC;
  • You are not obligated to accept a speaking date, if requested;
  • Presentations count as scholarly activity by the ACGME;
  • Your membership on our Speakers Bureau may be added to your CV/Resume. 
To complete a Speakers Bureau form, please click  here. For more information, please contact Sharon Player, Manager, Communication & Special Projects at (516) 686-1283.
NYCOMEC Attends ACGME Annual Educational Conference

NYCOMEC GME leaders and staff attended the ACGME Annual Educational Conference, held on March 8-12, 2017 in Orlando, FL. The theme of the conference was Igniting Innovation, and  offered workshops and presentations on all aspects of GME and the Single Accreditation System. Powerpoints/handouts of various programs will be available to our member institutions shortly on NYCOMEC's website. 

Attending the ACGME Pre-Conference are (L-R) Tara Zahtila, D.O., Plainview Hospital; Jennifer Trujillo, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy and Ronald Israelski, M.D., Orange Regional Medical Center; and Catherine Caronia, M.D., Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. 
NYCOMEC Co-Sponsored the First NYIT Global Health Grand Rounds

NYCOMEC co-sponsored  the NYIT Center for Global Health's  first Grand Rounds on  Monday March 13, 2017. Nicholas Comninellis, M.D., M.P.H., D.I.M.P.H., CEO/President , Institute for International Medicine introduced career options and opportunities in the global health field with his presentation titled Launching Your International Healthcare Career. The presentation was well received by a large audience comprised of faculty, students and trainees.
Up to $25,000 in Research Grants Available for Students and Residents

To support the research training of the profession's emerging leaders, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has created two separate programs to facilitate research on the osteopathic approach to practicing medicine by medical students and residents. Students and physicians in training with an interest in research are encouraged to  apply for funding   from the AOA. The deadline for current available grants is May 31, 2017.  

To read the article in  The DO  click here .
Update on 2018 ACGME Fees

An ACGME accreditation services fee increase notification was sent out on March 14, 2017, and will be effective January 1, 2018. The current fees for 2017 remain in place through December 31, 2017.

The ACGME Board of Directors at its February Board meeting approved an increase in the following accreditation services fees effective January 2018:
  • Programs with over five residents: $5,700;
  • Programs with five residents or fewer: $4,700;
  • Applications for new programs: $6,800.
Fees for canceled site visits and appeals remain at the current 2017 rates.
These new annual accreditation fees will be invoiced in December 2017 in advance of the January 1, 2018 effective date. Application fees for new programs will be effective for those applications received after January 1, 2018.

Please e-mail any questions regarding this announcement to ACGME Chief Financial Officer John Ogunkeye,, or ACGME Senior Director of Finance Craig Sheehan,
ACGME Released Revised Common Program Requirements, Section VI, The Learning and Working Environment: Standards Reinforce Culture of Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) released on March 10, 2107, a final set of revisions to the professional standards which all accredited US residency and fellowship programs follow in preparing today's physicians for a lifetime of practice. The new requirements, effective July 1, 2017, reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care. 

Of particular note, r esidency programs can increase shift hours for first-year trainees from 16 to 24, with an extra 4 hours to manage patient hand-offs. However, the maximum number of hours that any resident can log per week remains at 80.

The documents can be viewed here
The AOA Supports Revised ACGME Common Program Requirements

Boyd R. Buser, D.O., AOA President, issued a statement on March 10, 2017, in response to ACGME work rule changes for resident physicians.

To read the statement in  The DO  click here .
Commendation Corner
NYCOMEC DMEs to Be Honored at 2017 ROC-NY

The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society will honor four Directors of Medical Education (DME) at its 2017  Regional Osteopathic Convention - New York (ROC-NY). All four honorees are NYCOMEC GME leaders.  Our congratulations to:
  • E. Kenneth Freiberg, D.O., Wyckoff Heights Medical Center;
  • Steve Golinowski, D.O., Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center;
  • Claudia Lyon, D.O., NYU Lutheran Medical Center;
  • Alan R. Roth, D.O., Jamaica Hospital.
The Convention will take place on April 6-9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel located in Hauppauge, New York. 

For more information about the Convention please click  here .   
2017 Master Preceptor Award

Nancy A. Bono, D.O., FACOFP, Associate Professor, Chair of Family Medicine Department, NYITCOM, will receive the Master Preceptor Award at the ACOFP'17 Annual Conference and Scientific Seminars which will take place on  Friday, March 17, 2017, in Kissimmee, FL.  The Master Preceptor Awards of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians recognizes preceptors for their sustained commitment to excellence in the training, education, and mentoring of osteopathic medical students in family medicine. 

To read more, please click  here .   
Touro Medical Student Wins Award for Research at Homeless Shelter

Gayatri Malhotra-Gupta, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine  (TouroCOM) has won first place in a poster competition for her research on the effects of teaching about healthy diet and nutrition at a Queens homeless shelter. The award was presented at the recent 61st Midwinter Conference of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association in Dallas. 

To read more, please click  here .