New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 163                                                                                               May 15, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
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
Healthcare Leadership Course
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center 
Jamaica, 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
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
NYCOMEC 2017-2018 Annual Trainee Program Assessment Now Available to Both AOA and ACGME Programs

The ACGME requires residents and faculty to have the opportunity to evaluate their respective programs confidentially and in writing at least annually [V.C.2.d).(1)]. To assist programs in meeting this requirement, NYCOMEC will disseminate to your residents a confidential survey, analyze the results and provide an aggregated report which allows hospitals to compare their training program with other hospitals' programs within NYCOMEC.  

A sample of survey questions can be found here. P lease email Lynn Mark, D.O. by Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to confirm that your trainees will participate in the survey. 
Opportunity for Scholarly Activity:  Serve as a Judge in NYCOMEC's 17th Annual Trainee Research Poster Competition

Judges Team at 2017 NYCOMEC Poster Competition
Our 17th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Research Poster Competition will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY, starting at 8:30 a.m. 

Trainees from NYCOMEC programs will present posters on experimental research and/or case studies. Faculty members, if you need scholarly activity, consider being a judge at our Poster Competition. As a regional poster competition, the ACGME considers this scholarly activity. For more details please email David Yens, Ph.D. , NYCOMEC Research Director.
Need Advice on GME Issues?  Collaborate With Your Peers Through NYCOMEC's Online Discussions Forums
Do you or your staff ever have a GME-related concern and wish you could quickly survey your peers to see how they might approach the problem?  NYCOMEC's online GME Discussion forums are the perfect venue for this.  

For DIOs, DMEs, PDs, and Faculty:
The Educators' Assembly Forum offers a private online discussion board where GME leaders can seek advice among each other, share ideas and best practices, and collaboratively work on solutions to common GME concerns. The Forum is  exclusive to  NYCOMEC  member institutions and includes AOA and ACGME programs.     

For Program Coordinators and GME Support Staff:
We've also established the Coordinators' Assembly Forum,  an  online forum exclusive to Program Coordinators and GME staff of our member institutions, where they can ask questions, seek best practices and share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues.   

Registration to access the Forums has been completed and confirmation emails have been sent to participants. For information on how to access your respective Discussion Board, please contact 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). For each trainee in a NYCOMEC sponsored AOA or ACGME program, please submit a 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 Spring Grand Rounds Scheduled for June 6, 2018!

NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds, a professional medical education program designed for all AOA and ACGME trainees, 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. 

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

Please contact us at 516-686-3730 with any question.
Healthcare Leadership Course - Final Program! 
Tara Zahtila, D.O.,  Associate DIO, Northwell Health Eastern Region; Assistant Professor, Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Friday, June 8, 2018
1:00 PM

Garden Room North - New Trump Pavilion
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
89-40 135th Street,  Jamaica, NY  11418

AAFP CME credit is provided by Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.  
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)
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus

If you have any questions please call 516-686-3730.
NYCOMEC Hospital Day A Success!

NYCOMEC hosted its Annual Hospital Day on Friday May 4, 2018, on the NYIT-Old Westbury Campus. The event targeted students from NYITCOM, TouroCOM-Harlem Campus, and TouroCOM-Middletown Campus. 

Faculty members and current trainees, representing AOA and ACGME programs from NYCOMEC member institutions, spoke to students about their hospitals, training curriculum, benefits, and day to day training experiences. The Hospital Day was well received. 

Students said they appreciate recruiting events such as NYCOMEC's Hospital Day which provides them with opportunities to personally connect with program directors, faculty, and trainees currently working at hospitals they are considering for their postdoctoral education.

The Hospital Day was also a great opportunity for program directors to showcase their programs and gain greater understanding of what is important to students who are prospective candidates for training. 
NYCOMEC Sponsored Family Medicine Residency Program at ORMC Receives Initial Accreditation

On April 26, 2018, the Family Medicine residency program at Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), institutionally-sponsored by NYCOMEC, received ACGME Initial Accreditation effective July 1, 2017. John Dermigny, D.O., serves as Program Director.

All NYCOMEC programs are welcome to contact our office at (516) 686-3730 with any questions about applying for ACGME Accreditation and/or Osteopathic Recognition. 
ACGME Updates
Instructional Video Series on the ADS Annual Update Launched

A series of instructional videos to assist programs in preparing data for submission during the Accreditation Data System (ADS) Annual Update is now available. These resources are designed to help new program directors and coordinators learn how to use ADS for the Annual Update, as well as to provide experienced individuals a refresher on the process.

The ACGME has posted the following three videos on its new web page,  , which can be found under the Program Directors and Coordinators section of the ACGME website:
  • Responding to Citations
  • How to Construct an Effective Block Rotation Schedule
  • How to Enter Scholarly Activity in ADS

E-mail questions about the videos to

Review Committee News  

Internal Medicine Review Committee
Request for Initial Comment
The Review Committee is asking for recommendations for changes to its Program Requirements. Unlike past revisions, the Review Committee is using a new pilot in which it requests that the GME community first review the report from a new process, and use the insights learned to guide comments on the requirements. This new process, scenario-based strategic planning, is a technique for managing uncertainty, risk, and opportunity. 

To review the Executive Summary and Draft Program Requirements and download the Initial Comment Form, click here Comments must be submitted using the form by July 1, 2018 .   E-mail Executive Director Jerry Vasilias with questions.

Transitional Year (TY) Review Committee
TY Committee seeks Resident Member
The Review Committee seeks nominations for its next resident member, a position that will begin July 1, 2019. The resident member must have a minimum of one year of residency remaining after July 1, 2020. For more information, e -mail Accreditation Administrator Aimee Morales .  Nominations will be accepted until July 13, 2018.
TY Committee Seeks Two New Members
The Review Committee seeks nominations for two positions. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the Committee's current needs, with emphasis on the nominees' professional qualifications, geographic distribution, and gender diversity.  The new members' terms will be six years, beginning July 1, 2019. Applicants must be certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties or by the American Osteopathic Association in radiology or internal medicine.   E-mail Accreditation Administrator Aimee Morales for more information.  Nominations will be accepted until July 13, 2018.

Surgery Review Committee
Surgery Committee Seeks Resident Member 
The Review Committee seeks nominations for its next resident member position that will become available July 1, 2019. Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program at the time of the appointment, and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency. Applicants must be in the PGY-2-4 during the 2017-2018 academic year. For more details, click  here.
E-mail Associate Executive Director Cathy Ruiz for more information.
Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2018.

Plastic Surgery Review Committee
Updated Resource Posted
Updated transfer criteria for integrated programs are posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Plastic Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Twitter Chat on Mental Health/Wellbeing of Healthcare Providers: #ProviderWellBeing  

The ACGME, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and Mayo Clinic will host a Twitter chat about #ProviderWellBeing on Thursday, May 24 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT. The chat, Learning More About #ProviderWellBeing, will explore the topics of mental health and well-being of health care providers, as well as interventions and resources available to them.

Follow or join in the conversation on Twitter using #ProviderWellBeing, and follow @acgme, @afspnational and @mayoclinic.
For Your Information
Update and Verify Program Information in Opportunities

AOA Opportunities is open for institutions to update and verify program information for the 2018-2019 academic year. As stated in Standards B.4.2.g and B.4.5 of the Basic Document for Postdoctoral Training Programs, all institutions shall annually update AOA Opportunities program data between March 1 and June 30, 2018. 

To access Opportunities please visit the  Opportunities web page and choose "Program Login" (on the left side of the screen). For assistance please email or call (312) 202-8289, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. CST. An Opportunities staff member will contact you within 48 hours of your request.
For more information please click here.
JAOA Student Peer Reviewers Opportunity

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) recognizes the importance of engaging students in scholarly activity at an early stage. To assist in this process, the JAOA is opening its peer review process to osteopathic medical students. 

Students who are interested should email  with their Curriculum Vitae, the name of the mentor who has agreed to guide them in the peer review process, and any areas of interest. 
To read more please click here.                              

The AOA has identified five research focus areas which have the greatest potential to impact patient care and evidence-based medicine, and demonstrate the value DOs and their approach to care offer the patient and research communities.  These programs seek to encourage physicians in training and medical students to contribute to osteopathic research throughout their career.

The deadline to submit all requests for application is January 31, 2019 by 5 p.m. CST. Project start date is September 1, 2019.

Application Process 
All your questions should be directed to Gloria Dillard, MPH, Assistant Director of Grands, AOA Department of Research and Development.

For more information, please click here .
Upcoming Webinar

Ask a Biostatistician: Developing your research question and conducting a literature search
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM (EDT)
Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA,  Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

This webinar guides novice researchers through the process of developing a research question and testable hypotheses, as well as exploring the research question in the current medical literature. To register, click here.
In the News
Honoring the Generosity of Body Donors

An annual memorial service was held on May 8, 2018, at the   NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) where student physicians from Class of 2021 paid tribute to 52 men and women who donated their bodies to science.

 "Just as these donors have touched many individuals during their lifetime, their legacy and impact on the world continues as they provide medical students and future patients with the tremendous gift of knowledge" said  Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYITCOM.

To read more in The Island Now please click here.
Commendation Corner
ORMC Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award , a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

To read more please click here.
ELIH Receives Four out of Five Star Hospital Compare Overall Rating from Medicare and Medicaid Services

Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) received a Hospital Compare overall rating from Medicare of four out of five stars.

To read more please click here.