New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 162                                                                                               May 1, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
NYCOMEC Hospital Day
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Student Activity Center
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Executive Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
NYCOMEC Conference Room
de Seversky Mansion 
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
8:30 a.m.
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Spring Grand Rounds
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
East Elmhurst, NY
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Academic Council Meeting
8:30 a.m.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program
10:00 a.m.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
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
O.R. Webinar: Sub-Occipital Release

Anuj Vohra, D.O.
6/20 /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
Don't Miss Out: Promote Your Programs to Prospective Trainees at NYCOMEC's  Hospital Day!

May 4, 2018
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Gymnasium, Student Activity Center, NYIT-Old Westbury Campus

DIOs,  DMEs, Program Directors, Residents 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 Unveils Coordinators' Assembly Forum as Part of the GME Discussions!
NYCOMEC unveiled the Coordinators' Assembly Forum last week, the second main section of the GME Discussions Forum, which has been designed to enhance communication and collaborative opportunities among program and institutional coordinators from our member institutions.

The Coordinators' Assembly Forum is now  open for questions, comments, and answers for and from coordinators and support staff representing both AOA and ACGME trainee programs at NYCOMEC member institutions. Coordinators and support staff are encouraged to join the NYCOMEC Coordinators' Assembly and benefit from the forum's services. 

The Coordinators' Assembly Forum followed the The Educators' Assembly Forum  debut in the end of March, 2018. Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs), Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), Program Directors (PDs), and Faculty from NYCOMEC member institutions: please feel free to ask your peers educational questions and/or provide your input on GME related matters. 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. 
For more information and to register please email  Daniela Popa, M.H.A. , or call her at (516) 686-3953.
Reminder to All Graduate Medical Education Faculty and Staff

NYCOMEC continues to assist our member institutions with all documentation requirements related to 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). Please submit a copy of each trainee in a NYCOMEC sponsored AOA or ACGME program completed 2018-2019 NYCOMEC Registration Form and 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 contact 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.

Osteopathic Approach to Palliative Care
Alan Roth, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Medical Education, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
May 9, 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 Spring Grand Rounds and Research Poster Competition Scheduled for June 6, 2018!

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 4:30 p.m., at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. 

Grand Rounds topics are:

Topic: Social Media: HIPAA and Other Threats Facing Physicians 
Presenter: Thomas M. Gallo, J.D., Senior Counsel, Frier Levitt LLC
Topic: How Performance Improvement Initiatives Benefit Physicians and Their Patients
Presenter: Joyce Robert, M.D., Attending Physician & Director of Performance Improvement, South Nassau Communities Hospital
Topic: Medical Marijuana-Fact vs. Fiction
Presenter: Thomas Jan, D.O., Private Practice, Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation
Topic: Torque Unwinding: OMM Reversing the Vectors of Dysfunction
Presenter: Dennis J. Dowling, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Service, Nassau University Medical Center

Topic: Lifestyle Medicine 101-Boot Camp Basics for Busy Physicians
Presenter: Stacey Funt, M.D., Founder, Lifestyle Health LLC

If you have any questions please contact us at 516-686-3730. 
Faculty Development Program

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

  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
If you have any questions please call 516-686-3730.
NYCOMEC Sponsored Internal Medicine Residency Program at ORMC Receives Initial Accreditation

On April 13, 2018, the Internal Medicine residency program at Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), institutionally-sponsored by NYCOMEC, received ACGME Initial Accreditation effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations to Drs. Israelski and Obligado! 

All NYCOMEC programs are welcome to contact our office at 516.686.3730 any questions about applying for ACGME Accreditation and/or Osteopathic Recognition. 
NYCOMEC Sponsored Family Medicine Residency Program at NUMC Receives Initial Accreditation

On April 26, 2018, the Family Medicine residency program at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), institutionally-sponsored by NYCOMEC, received ACGME Initial Accreditation effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations to Peter Guiney, D.O., Program Director.  
NYCOMEC Hosted GME Faculty Development Seminar

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, NYCOMEC hosted a symposium that focused on creating and maintaining a positive learning and working environment for trainees.

David Broder, D.O., President/CEO, NYCOMEC Corp., opened the program by discussing the relationship between trainee's well-being and the quality of treatment they provide to the patients in their care. He emphasized that residents who feel supported and nurtured are better equipped to manage the stresses of residency training. 

Ulrick Vieux, D.O., M.S.,   Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Orange Regional Medical Center presented on Identification & Intervention of At Risk Trainees. He informed the audience on how to recognize and acknowledge the unique stress that trainees encounter, as well as the adverse effects associated with not dealing effectively with stress, and offered solutions and interventions that can help them.

Jeffrey Selzer, M.D. , Medical Director, Committee for Physician Health presented research that shows that although medical students matriculate with better well-being than their age-group peers, this often reverses and poor well-being persists throughout medical school and residency and into practice. Dr. Seltzer outlined sign and symptom patterns that may indicate substance misuse and reviewed the definitions of misconduct. He also described the role of the New York State Committee on Physician Health and their efforts to assist impaired physicians.
John Smith, D.O., (Resident, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center), Eric Jamron, D.O., (Resident, Orange Regional Medical Center), and Mannu Shergill, D.O., (Resident, Orange Regional Medical Center), participated in a panel discussion where each was asked to elaborate on one aspect of training that they felt was challenging.
Audience  participation was lively and the discussion fostered excellent suggestions on how programs can support residents, as well as how residents can utilize wellness strategies to minimize the rigors of residency trainin g.

Andrew L. Zwe rling, J.D. , Partner/ Director, and  Marianne Monroy , J.D., Partner, both of Garfunkel Wild P.C., presented on Sexual Harassment in Medical Training.  Their presentation described the legal definition of sexual harassment and included numerous examples of  activities within the healthcare environment that became litigious actions under the sexual harassment laws.

Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., FACOI, Chief Academic Officer & DME, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital gave an informative overview of activities implemented at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital which are aimed at fostering a culture of camaraderie and unity among trainees, with special emphasis on recognizing signs of stress/burnout among each other. 
NYCOMEC, NYITCOM and TouroCOM Represented at 2018 AACOM Education Leaders Conference

NYCOMEC Corp., NYITCOM and TouroCOM where largely represented at the 2018 AACOM Education Leaders Conference, themed Building Successful Collaborations, which took place in Washington D.C. between April 18 and April 21, 2018.  

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., Associate Professor and Associate Medical Director, and  Karen Sheflin, D.O., Assistant Professor, both from the Family Medicine Department, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus, and  with two student representatives from the Émigré Physician Program presented two posters on Thursday, April 19. There was lively discussion around their findings.  Lynn Mark, D.O. , Director, Accreditation, NYCOMEC, participated in a SOME panel discussion titled Professionalism: From Admissions to MSPE .

Samantha Gottlieb, OMS III, Matthew Goldfinger, OMS IV, and Alex Nello, OMS IV, NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus, present to a 'full house' about the Healing Path at NYITCOM.

David Forstein, D.O. , Dean, TouroCOM - Harlem, and TouroCOM students who participated in the Poster Competition

Julia Schneider, OMS II, NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus, received the 2018 National Student Researcher Award.

ACGME Updates
Review Committee Updates:
Orthopaedic Surgery Review Committee
Case Log Update
The Orthopaedic Surgery Reductions Report, is available in the Resident Case Log System. The report generates the number of Level 1, Level 2, and total primary credit cases currently reported for Closed Reductions, Open Simple Reductions, and Open Complex Reductions for each selected resident. E-mail questions to Executive Director Pam Derstine.
Osteopathic Principles Review Committee
New Agenda Closing Date for the September 2018 Meeting
The agenda closing date for the September 7-9, 2018 Recognition Committee meeting is June 24, 2018. The agenda closing date was moved to avoid application submission issues arising from the ADS academic year rollover. E-mail questions to Executive Director
Osteopathic Faculty Classification in ADS
The Recognition Committee made enhancements to the ADS Faculty Roster for programs with Osteopathic Recognition, allowing programs to list all osteopathic faculty members in the Faculty Roster through a new classification system. To read more about the announcement, click here. E-mail questions to Executive Director  Tiffany Moss.

Discontinuation of the Supplemental Educator Form
Effective July 1, 2018, the Supplemental Educator Form will be discontinued and all osteopathic faculty members must be listed in the ADS Faculty Roster. The new osteopathic faculty member classifications available in ADS make the Supplemental Educator Form unnecessary. For details, click here E-mail questions to Executive Director Tiffany Moss .
Milestones Updates
Spring Reporting Window Opens
The spring 2018 Milestones reporting window will remain open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 22, 2018. You may submit Milestones assessments online at any time during the reporting window. No submissions will be accepted after that time. 
E-mail questions to .  

Soliciting Work Group Volunteers - Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease
The ACGME is beginning work on Milestones 2.0, and is assembling Work Groups responsible for reviewing the current Milestones to determine what, if any, changes need to be made, by specialty.
Volunteers are currently needed for both the Internal Medicine Milestones and the Cardiovascular Disease Milestones work groups.
E-mail questions to .
For Your Information
Call for Nominations for the NAM Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is now accepting nominations for the Anniversary Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine. The fellow will be awarded a flexible research stipend of $25,000.00, leadership opportunities, and a dedicated mentor.

For more information or to email nominations please use the following email address:  Nominations are due on May 14, 2018.

Read more here.
CMS Releases Revised Guidelines for Teaching Physicians, Interns and Residents.  
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued its revised booklet for teaching physicians, interns, and residents. The booklet includes information on payment for physician services in teaching settings, evaluation and management (E/M) documentation guidelines, and exception for E/M services in certain primary care settings. Learn more.
HRSA Launches Opioid Webpage
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has created a new opioid webpage, which includes resources, technical assistance, and training to integrate behavioral health care services into practice settings and communities. Learn more.
In the News
NYITCOM Researchers Discover Potential New Treatment for Heart Attack Patients
A team of  researchers led by  Martin Gerdes, Ph.D. , Professor and Chair of Biomedical Sciences at the NYIT College Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) published in the March 26, 2018 issue of  Thyroid magazine , about a new treatment for patients with beta blocker intolerance: thyroid hormone therapy.
To read more please click here.                               
TouroCOM Announced the Tracy Tam Memorial Alumni Award for Compassion

The award is in memory of Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, D.O., TouroCOM Class of 2013, who died in the tragic shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in June 2017. Dr. Tam embodied the mission of TouroCOM through regular acts of kindness as a compassionate physician with a special commitment to the underserved.

The award will be presented annually to one second-year medical student at the College's annual White Coat Ceremony.

To read more please click here.
AOA Is Pursuing ACCME Accreditation

To better serve all DOs, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is pursuing Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accreditation.

The AOA is in the pre-application process with ACCME and plans to submit its initial application by the end of July. A final decision by ACCME could be reached at the end of this year. If the AOA obtains the accreditation the continuing medical education courses offered by AOA will be accepted by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and AOA certifying boards.

To read the article in The Do please click here.
Commendation Corner
SBMC Recognized for Straight A's in The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

NYCOMEC member institution Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) once again has received an A from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of only 49 hospitals in the United States to earn straight As since the inception of the program in 2012.

To read more please click here.
Parker Jewish Institute's Michael N. Rosenblut Receives Long Island Press Power List Award

Michael N. Rosenblut, President and CEO, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation was honored at the Long Island Press Power List Awards Event held Thursday, on April 12, 2018, at The Mansion at Oyster Bay. Long Island Press and the Power List Committee awarded Rosenblut for being one of the area's most powerful movers and shakers.
To read more please click here.                               
Dennis Dowling, D.O., NUMC, Honored at American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) Convocation

Dennis Dowling, D.O., received the "Dig On" Award from the Fellows of the American Academy of Osteopathy at the AAO Convocation which took place in March, 2018.  He also was the moderator for the FAAO's program, lecturer on The Legacy of Stanley Schiowitz, DO, FAAO and conducted workshop sessions on Facilitated Positional Release (FPR) and Progressive Inhibition of Neuromusculoskeletal Structures (PINS) to the students and doctors.

To read more please click  here .
NUMC Nurse Received Earl Stroughton Award

Marvin Berg, R.N., Trauma/Injury Prevention Coordinator, and Nurse, Emergency Department, Nassau University Medical Center, received the  Earl Stroughton Award on Thursday, April 26, 2018, for exemplifying the mission of serving and caring for residents of Nassau County.