New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 136                                                                                                                     March 29, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
Global Health Grand Rounds
Global Health: Beyond Disease
Kwadwo Sarpong
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Mollie Auditorium
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Board Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m.
NYCOMEC Hospitality Reception at 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
Leadership Course: 
Conflict Resolution & Negotiation
Stuart Almer, FACHE
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Garden Room North
Jamaica Hospital Med. Ctr.
New Trump Pavilion
89-40 135 Street
Jamaica, NY  11418
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
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
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
National Doctors' Day

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors' Day. This day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community. NYCOMEC thanks all the physicians at our member institutions who have dedicated themselves to the profession of medicine.
NYCOMEC Co-Sponsors Second NYIT Global Health Grand Rounds

NYCOMEC is co-sponsoring the second NYIT Global Health Grand Rounds in conjunction with the NYIT Center for Global Health. The focus of this session is to teach faculty members and students about bridging the gender gap in global health. 

For more information please click here or contact Lillian Niwagaba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, NYITCOM, and Director, Center for Global Health, NYIT, at 516.686.3912. To register please click here.

Global Health: Beyond Disease
April 3, 2017
12:00 noon
Kwadwo Sarpong , Chief Executive Officer, African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W)
Research Poster Competition - Call for Posters-Deadline April 5, 2017

NYCOMEC's 16th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Research 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. All trainees from NYCOMEC programs are invited to present their experimental research and/or case study posters. 

Participants must complete a  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 Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

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

Acute Otitis Media: An Osteopathic Approach
April 12, 2017
12:00 noon
Revital Caronia, D.O., Director, Pediatrics Residency Program, Maimonides Hospital Medical Center
Reminder to All Graduate Medical Education Faculty & Staff

In order to comply with the AOA and OPTI requirements, please submit a copy of each trainee's completed 2017-2018 NYCOMEC Registration Form and signed hospital contract prior to the start of training. For your convenience, the 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 or termination). Please contact Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, with any questions or concerns.
NYCOMEC Speakers Bureau - Share Your Expertise!

To join NYCOMEC's Speakers Bureau, please complete our Information Form  here . For more information, please contact Sharon Player , Manager, Communication & Special Projects at (516) 686-1283.

NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds, in conjunction with the Research Poster Competition, will take place on  May 25, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. , at   LaGuardia Marriott Hotel , East Elmhurst, NY. The Grand Rounds program is open to all NYCOMEC trainees and faculty.  Registration is requiredPlease register here by Thursday, May 18, 2017.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Jay Lombard, D.O., Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer and Medical Director, Genomind
Title: Functional Medicine in the Era of Personalized Health: How the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Can Help Patients Find the Care They Are Looking For

Jerry Balentine, D.O., Vice President, Medical Affairs & Global Health, New York Institute of Technology, Medical Affairs & Global Health
Title: Leadership Strategies for Everyday Practice

Alexander Chiu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Ross Medical Corporation
Title: Telemedicine Secrets Companies Don't Tell You - Avoid Risking Your License and Enjoy Working from Home and Anywhere

Steven Golinowski, D.O., Director of Medical Education and Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Title: Contemporary Management HIV

Lawrence Kobak, DPM, JD ,
Attorney, Kurt Augustine P.C.

Title: Don't Ignore the Fine Print!

Physician Professionalism Discussed at NYCOMEC Faculty Development Program 
Paul Moglia, Ph.D., Director, Faculty Development, South Nassau Communities Hospital, provided an in depth presentation on the core elements of professionalism. In addition to sharing examples from his own personal experiences, Dr. Moglia engaged the audience in sharing their experiences for group discussion.  

To view the slides and Dr. Molia's archived presentation, please call our office at (516) 686-3730.
NYCOMEC-NYIT Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course

The second session in the NYCOMEC-NYIT Healthcare Leadership Course was held at Flushing Hospital Medical Center on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The topic on Effective Communication Skills was richly covered by Abraham Jeger, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine & Assistant Dean, Academic Outreach & Site Development, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. The presentation included both didactic and experiential interactive exercises that engaged the audience of more than 60 attendees. 

The next presentation in the Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course will take place on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.  The topic to be discussed is Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, and will be presented by Stuart Almer, FACHE, Administrator/COO, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  For information on the course, please email Sharon Player or call 516-686-1283.
Students from NYCOMEC Medical School Members Successful in 2017 Residency Match 

Fourth year osteopathic medicine students from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) - Harlem Campus have been matched to highly competitive residency programs throughout the country and in the New York metropolitan area.
Jerry Balentine, D.O.,
Vice President , Medical Affairs & Global Health, New York Institute of Technology tweeted on March 17, 2017:
"Congratulations @NYITCOMDO another great #Matchday2017 We are proud of all u achieved U will continue to excel @nyit."

The following message was posted on Instagram: "TouroCOM-Harlem Class of 2017 Match Day party! The class matched throughout the country and includes future surgeons, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, internists and family medicine physicians!"
Congrats! medschooltourocom# harlem newbeginnings
No Resident Left Behind is Goal of New Agreement

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Accreditation Council  for Graduate Medical Education ( ACGME) and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine ( AACOM) are committed to protecting residents during the transition to the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system. 

The terms of the single accreditation system require that the AOA no longer accredit GME programs after June 30, 2020. The three organizations recognize there may be unique circumstances whereby some programs make a good faith effort to achieve ACGME accreditation but still haven't transitioned successfully to ACGME accreditation by that date. 

An agreement reached by the three organizations seeks to protect residents in such programs or situations so they have the ability to complete AOA-accredited training and advance to AOA board eligibility. The agreement will give the AOA restricted authority to extend the AOA accreditation date to allow any remaining residents in such programs to complete training in an accredited program. 

Please direct questions related to this agreement to
Pre-Conference on Osteopathic Recognition

T he Joint AACOM & AODME Conference will be held April 25-29, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. This year's conference will feature a variety of programming related to the GME single accreditation system. 

A preconference workshop, titled Osteopathic Recognition: Peer-to-Peer Workshop for Completing the Osteopathic Recognition Application, will be held on  Tuesday, April 25, 2017   and will provide guidance and insights from peers who have attained osteopathic recognition for their programs. Register now .

Achieving Osteopathic Recognition clearly demonstrates that your program is committed to osteopathic excellence.  NYCOMEC can assist by providing you with application templates, reviewing your application, discussing any questions you may have, and partnering with the AOA Application Assistance Program. For more information or to begin the O.R. application process, please contact  Lynn Mark, D.O. or call 516-686-3950.  
Milestones Spring 2017 Reporting Window 

The window for spring 2017 Milestones reporting will be from Monday, April 24 through Friday, June 23. The window will officially close at 11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, June 23 and no submissions will be accepted after that point.

Please submit Milestones online through ADS at any time during the reporting window. More information will be provided by the ACGME as the opening date approaches.

For technical or submission-related questions (e.g., login assistance), email For questions regarding Milestones content, email
Research Studies Continue to Demonstrate the Benefits of OMM/OPP.

Study Highlights Potential of Osteopathic Medicine for Preventing Shoulder Injury  
According to a research study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), the Spencer technique, in which a clinician guides the shoulder joint through its full range of motion (ROM), may prevent injury in baseball pitchers. Read more  here.

Osteopathic Technique Helps Locate Ectopic Pregnancies When Imaging Fails
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) finds OMM method helpful in emergency situations associated with high maternal mortality rate. 
Read  more .
OMT: The Military Pilot's Drug-free Treatment Option  
The online newsletter, The DO, discusses how OMT is putting pilots, who would otherwise be unable to fly, back to work.  Read more .

Please be reminded that NYCOMEC provides research support services. For more details please contact David Yens, Ph.D., NYCOMEC Research Director, at
In the News
Single Accreditation System Update: Gaining Momentum

An article titled Single Accreditation System Update: Gaining Momentum, written by  Boyd R. Buser, D.O.James Swartwout, M.A., Terri Lischka, M.S.P.A.Maura Biszewski, B.A.Kathy DeVine, M.P.H., and published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2017, Vol. 117, provides an update on the transition to the Single Accreditation System.  In the article, Dr. Buser and his coauthors also provide an update on osteopathic recognition and describe the policy changes that have taken place at both the ACGME and AOA to accommodate the single accreditation system.

To read more, please click  here .   
Peconic Bay Medical Center, Southampton Hospital Approved For Cardiac Cath Labs

Both Southampton Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center received final approval on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from New York State officials for the completion of cardiac catheterization labs.

To read more, please click  here .   
South Nassau Communities Hospital Expanding Emergency Department

South Nassau has taken the first steps of its $60 million emergency department expansion project to better handle the influx of South Shore residents in need of care.  The project is expected to implement bedside registration, larger and improved waiting areas, and establish dedicated treatment areas for behavioral health, pediatrics and geriatrics.  

To read more, please click  here .   
Trinitas Listed Among Top Employers in the United States by Becker Hospital Review

For the second year in a row, Becker's Hospital Review has named Trinitas Regional Medical Center one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare. The national list recognizes healthcare organizations that offer outstanding workplace environments.

To read more, please click  here .   
TouroCOM Students Attend Medical Conference in Albany

Students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCom) - Middletown Campus visited Albany on  Physician's Advocacy Day 2017 to attend Medical Society of the State of New York's Legislative Conference. The main focus of discussion was  the importance of health care delivery in New York State.

To read more, please click  here .   
Commendation Corner
2017 ACOFP Outstanding Female Leader Award

Sonia Rivera-Marinez, D.O., FACOFP, Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine Department, NYITCOM, received the Outstanding Female Leader Award at the ACOFP'17 Annual Conference and Scientific Seminars. The award honors female physicians who serve as clinical role models, teachers, highly accomplished professional leaders and sources of inspiration for women and men who are in medical training.