New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 160                                                                                   March 30, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. EDT
GME Educational Seminar
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT
William Auditorium
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Hospital Day
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Student Activity Center
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting and Strategic Planning Retreat
8:30 a.m.
Long Island University Room 
The Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd Uniondale, NY 11553
Research Poster Competition
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Spring Grand Rounds
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Academic Council Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webinar: Revisiting Somatic Dysfunction in Clinical Practice

Mikhail Volokitin, D.O.
4/11 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
Research Webinar: Proposal and Protocol Development, Research Laws, Ethics and IRB Submissions/ Processing

David Yens, Ph.D.
4/19 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: OMM  and the Chronic Pain Patient

Matthew Hayes, D.O.
4/25 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Approach to Palliative Care

Alan Roth, D.O.
5/9 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT

O.R. Webinar: OMM & The Team Physician

Luther Quarles, D.O.
5/23 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT

Research Webinar: Funding Research, Preparing and Applying for Grant Funding

David Yens, Ph.D.
5/24 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
National Recruiting Events
April 12-15, 2018
Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel,  Hauppague, NY
National Meetings/Events
2018 Joint AACOM Annual Conference 

April 18-21, 2018
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel 
Washington, DC

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 Unveils Its GME Discussions Forum

As part of our ongoing strategic planning efforts, NYCOMEC is proudly introducing its GME Discussions forum in order to enhance collaborative opportunities among our members. GME Discussions has three main sections:
  • Board of Directors Forum, for NYCOMEC's Board of Directors;
  • Educators' Assembly Forum is designed for communication among Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs), Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), Program Directors (PDs), and Faculty from NYCOMEC member institutions;
  • Coordinators' Assembly Forum, open for questions and answers for and from institutional coordinators, program coordinators and support staff.
The Educators' Assembly Forum started this week. Members of the Educators' Assembly will receive an email from the NYCOMEC GME Discussions with login information. We recommend changing the password. The Board of Directors and the Coordinators' Assembly Forums will follow within the next few weeks. We encourage more Program Directors and Faculty from NYCOMEC member institutions to join the Educators' Assembly and benefit from the additional services provided by the forum. Coordinators and support staff are also encouraged to join the Coordinators' Assembly and benefit from the forum services.
Please feel free to post questions, answers, and look at the past discussions. For more information, please contact us at (516) 686-3730.
March 30, 2018 - National Doctors' Day

March 30th is designated as National Doctors' Day, an annual observation 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 Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

These webinars are for NYCOMEC trainees, faculty, medical staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM students.

Revisiting Somatic Dysfunction in Clinical Practice
Mikhail Volokitin, D.O., Assistant Professor,  Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department,  TouroCOM-Harlem
April 11, 2018
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. EDT
If you are interested in presenting a topic, you are welcome to email us at or call us at 516-686-3730 to schedule a webinar. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity.
NYCOMEC Research Poster Competition: Call for Posters

NYCOMEC's 17th Annual Trainee Research Poster Competition will be held in conjunction with the NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. 

All trainees from AOA and ACGME programs at NYCOMEC member institutions are invited to present their experimental research and/or case study posters. 

Participants need to complete a  Poster Submission Form and send it to our office, along with the Word version of the poster's abstract, by Friday, April 20, 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
GME Educational Seminar

April 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
William Auditorium, Serota Academic Center, NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Presentations include:

10:05 a.m. EDT
Healthy Residents, Healthy Patients
David Broder, D.O., FACP, FACOI, President/CEO,  NYCOMEC Corp., Vice Speaker, American Osteopathic Association

10:20 a.m. EDT
Identification & Intervention of At Risk Trainees
Ulrick Vieux, D.O., M.S.,  Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Orange Regional Medical Center

11:05 a.m. EDT
The Impaired Trainee: Recognizing & Preventing Substance Abuse
Jeffrey Selzer, M.D., Medical Director, Committee for Physician Health

1:05 p.m. EDT
Livin' the Life
Kevin Lemaire, D.O., Psychiatry Resident, Orange Regional Medical Center

1:20 p.m. EDT
Sexual Harassment in Medical Training
Andrew L. Zwerling, Partner/Director, Garfunkel Wild P.C.
Marianne Monroy, Partner, Garfunkel Wild P.C.

2:20 p.m. EDT
Fostering a Healthy Learning Environment in GME
Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., FACOI, Chief Academic Officer & DME, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

AOA CME Credit Available. 
NYCOMEC Hospital Day

The NYCOMEC Hospital Day will take place on May 4, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., in the NYIT'sStudent Activity Center's Gymnasium, located on their Old Westbury Campus. DIOs,  DMEs, Program Directors, and Faculty representing  AOA and ACGME training programs  from NYCOMEC member institutions will have the opportunity to meet with prospective trainees from NYITCOM and TouroCOM - class of 2019.  

To register as an exhibitor and for more information please call our office at 516.686.3730.
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds, a professional medical education program designed for all AOA and ACGME residents, will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. Among speakers are: Thomas M. Gallo, J.D., Frier Levitt Attorneys at Law; Joyce Robert, M.D.; Dennis Dowling, D.O.; and Thomas Jan, D.O.

Further details will follow in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or for early registration, please contact us at 516-686-3730.
Faculty Development Program

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Support Resident and Faculty Scholarly Activity
Catherine G. Caronia, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Chairman, Department of Graduate Medical Education, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
10:00 a.m.  (immediately following GMEC & Academic Council meetings)

  Learning Objectives:
  • Identify possible resources within the community hospital to support scholarly activity;
  • Utilize a multi-disciplinary committee to evaluate, review and mentor trainees in development of projects;
  • Utilize resources to strengthen and evaluate projects prior to IRB submission, presentation or publication;
  • Have the framework needed to develop an Academic Development Committee to support scholarly activity
Further details will follow in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or would like to register early, please call 516-686-3730.
NYITCOM and TouroCOM Classes of 2018 Learn Their Residency Matches

March 16, 2018, known as Match Day, culminated with fourth year medical students' excitement of opening the envelopes revealing where they will spend the next several years completing their medical residency training. "As medical educators, this is the joyful moment we look forward to each year," said  Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus, who congratulated the Class of 2018 before envelopes were opened, and commended the students' commitment to volunteerism and participation with campus activities.  To read more, please click here.

Kenneth Steier, D.O., MBA, Executive Dean, TouroCOM said "I am pleased to announce that 100% of eligible students at the Middletown Campus have successfully matched into residency positions for July. As this was our first group going through this process, this is a really great achievement". Access social media here .
ACGME Updates
Revised Osteopathic Recognition Requirements and Updated FAQs Posted

The ACGME recently posted the focused revisions to the Osteopathic Recognition requirements, effective July 1, 2018. The requirements are available under the "Approved with Future Effective Date" heading in the  Osteopathic Recognition  section of the ACGME website. Documents for applications submitted on or after July 1, 2018, will be posted on the ACGME Osteopathic Recognition website soon. 

For Your Information
Accepting Trainees for 2019-2020 Academic Year

The newly approved revision of  Section X of the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training, made to protect osteopathic residents, may affect your program's ability to accept trainees for the 2019-2020 academic year via the 2019 AOA Match. If your program achieves ACGME accreditation by May 1, 2018, you may accept trainees in 2019. If your program has not achieved ACGME initial accreditation and would like to accept trainees in 2019, you must complete and submit the Section X Form to Accept Trainees for 2019-2020 Academic Year and required documentation to the AOA via email by June 1, 2018

The appropriate AOA Specialty College Evaluating Committee will review your submitted materials and make a recommendation  to approve or deny each program's ability to recruit  to the AOA Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC), which will act on the recommendation at its July 2018 meeting. You will be informed shortly thereafter regarding your program's ability to accept trainees in 2019.

The Section X revisions require programs with two or more Continued Pre-Accreditation decisions to utilize the AOA's Application Assistance Program. This policy does not affect programs 1 or 2 years in length, which according to Section X must apply for ACGME accreditation by January 1, 2019 in order to accept trainees for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Rico Blanco or call him at 312-202-8081. 
Webinar: Navigating the Accreditation Forest: On the CLER Path

May 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Nicole Qualls, JD, MPH, Director of GME for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Education Network, will present on the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review. 

Register here
In the News
National Academy of Medicine Introduces Resource Repository on Clinician Well-being

The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience has launched its new Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub, a comprehensive resource repository that provides clinicians and health system leaders with valuable resources to combat clinician burnout. 

Click here to learn more.
TouroCOM Student Presents Research at International Stroke Conference

Maxwell Horowitz, OMS II, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Harlem Campus, presented a groundbreaking new approach to treating strokes at this year's International Stroke Conference, held in January, 2018 in Los Angeles,  CA.  

Read  more.