New York Colleges of Osteopathic

 Medicine Educational Consortium

  Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 119                                                                              May 24, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings
AOA Introduces  New SAS Application Assistance Program
To assist programs in transitioning to the ACGME Single Accreditation System, the AOA has introduced a new application assistance program that offers:
  • A customer service center giving you a single call line to address your questions.
  • Access to AOA staff experts
  • Professional consultants familiar with the Single Accreditation System
  • Ongoing survey of every program to track your progress
  • Assistance with applications for Osteopathic Recognition
Learn more by downloading their flyer or contact the the AOA at (312) 202-8272 or email
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

OMM Treatment Following an Acute Acceleration/Deceleration Injury; MVA, Whiplash, and Related Injuries
May 25, 2016
12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.
Russell Camhi, D.O.
Board Certified Family Medicine, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow,  Northwell Health-Plainview Hospital
Please click here to RSVP.
Faculty Development OMM Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
NYITCOM, Old Westbury Campus
Serota Academic Center
1st Floor OMM Laboratory
June 1, 2016

Dinner will be provided from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.The program anticipates being eligible for 3.0 hours of category 1A CME, pending AOA CCME approval.

For more information and to  register click here
NYCOMEC Education Committee

On  Wednesday, June 8, 2016, the quarterly meeting of the NYCOMEC Education Committee will take place in the Rockefeller Auditorium at NYITCOM, Old Westbury Campus. Breakfast will be provided at 7:30 a.m., with the business portion following at 8:00 a.m. Please click  here  to RSVP.
NYCOMEC Faculty Development Program

Evaluation, Engagement, and Execution - Embracing Change in the Next Accreditation System
June 8, 2016
9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tara Zahtila, D.O.
Director of Medical Education, Northwell Health - Plainview Hospital
Rockefeller Auditorium, NYITCOM, Old Westbury Campus

Registration is required. To register please click here.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

Examining the Etiology of OMM and Psychiatry - a Vital Link
June 8, 2016
12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.
Ulrick Vieux, D.O.
Director of Psychiatry Residency Program & Director of Consultation - Liaison Services,  Orange Regional Medical Center
Cristian Castro-Nunez, D.O.
Program Director of Traditional Rotating Internship,  Orange Regional Medical Center
Please click here to RSVP.
NYCOMEC Grand Rounds 

On Wednesd ay, May 18, 2016, more than 150 faculty and trainees  attended NYCOMEC's semi-annual Grand Rounds, featuring programs on practice management, medical knowledge, and professionalism. 

Neil Vora, M.D. Career Epidemiology Field Officer, CDC and Director of Special Porjects for the Division of Disease Control, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene (NY)

The keynote speaker, Neil Vora, M.D., Career Epidemiology Field Officer, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Director of Special Projects for the Division of Disease Control, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, gave a tim
ely briefing on the Zika virus, including an overview of the CDC and NYC Health Department's response to the current Zika outbreak, methods for reporting diseases, and how physicians can pursue a career in public health.

Lewis Bass, D.O.
Lewis Bass, D.O., gave an insightful presentation on the legal, medical and financial aspects of running a medical practice. He also discussed the benefits of using practice consultants to maximize success and encouraged physicians to continually monitor the future direction of medical payment systems.

Melanie Thelian, CPC, CPC-1
Melanie Thelian, CPC, CPC-1, presented an overview on Documentation and Coding Basics. Her discussion included documentation basics, EMR pitfalls, current procedural terminology, ICD-10-CM, and HCPS Codes.

Daniel Van Arsdale, D.O. 
Daniel Van Arsdale, D.O., discussed the impact of OMT on the interoceptive nervous system, specifically how OMT can positively use the intero-ceptive nervous system to change clinical outcomes. 

Anthony Sampino, D.O.
In the final presentation,
Anthony Sampino, D.O. described the potential role of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) methods in reducing unintended pregnancy rates, how to select appropriate candidates for LARC methods, and how to identify management strategies for clinical problems and patient concerns related to use of LARC methods. 
NYCOMEC's next semi-annual Grand Rounds will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Please mark your calendars. 
NYCOMEC Poster Competition 

NYCOMEC held its 15th Annual Research Poster Competition, in conjunction with its Spring Grand Rounds on May 18 at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel. The annual competition recognizes the excellent research efforts that are occurring at NYCOMEC-affiliated training programs. Over 50 posters were reviewed by a panel of judges, who bestowed awards to first, second and third place winners in two categories: experimental research and clinical case studies. 
Research Poster Competition Winners (left to right): David Broder, D.O., President and CEO, NYCOMEC; Matthew Mavroson, D.O., Christopher Chum, D.O., Melissa Amberger, D.O., Sodham Chaudhari, D.O., Jennifer Gibbs, D.O., Avindra Ramnarain, D.O., and David Yens, Ph.D., Director of Research, NYCOMEC. 

Winners of the competition are:


First Place ($500 prize): Soham Chaudhari, D.O., Intern at HackensackUMC Palisades, presented on Management of Radiation Dermatitis

Second Place ($250 prize) : Christopher Chum, D.O., Internal Medicine Resident at Coney Island Hospital , presented on  Utility of CT Imaging in the Evaluation of Patients with Non-traumatic Abdominal Pain

Third Place ($125 prize): Melissa Amberger, D.O., Surgery Resident at St. Barnabas Hospital, presented on Predicting Pathologically Complicated Appendicitis Using Ubiquitous Clinical and Laboratory Data


First Place ($350 prize)Avindra Ramnarain, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident at  Orange Regional Medical Center, presented on  Lethal Pharyngitis: An Early Sign of Necrotizing Fasciitis.

Second Place ($200 prize)Matthew Mavroson, D.O., Internal Medicine Resident at  Coney Island Hospital, presented on Myxedema Madness: Reversible Psychosis in an Undiagnosed Hypothyroid Patient.

Third Place ($100 prize)Jennifer Gibbs, D.O., OB/GYN Resident at  Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, presented on  Underlying Appendicitis Leading to Charioamnionitis in Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes?

The Competition was judged by a panel of volunteers under the direction of David Yens, Ph.D., NYCOMEC's Director of Research. Judging a regional poster competition counts as scholarly activity under ACGME requirements. We extend our sincere appreciation to the following individuals for their participation and enthusiasm:
  • Denise Burke, D.O.
  • Peter Guiney, D.O., FACOFP
  • Christine Hutak, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Joyce, D.O.
  • Dona-Maria McMahon, D.O.
  • Sajid Ahmad Mir, D.O.
  • Mark Plexousakis, D.O.
  • Maria Plummer, M.D.
  • Rose-Anna Roantree, D.O.
  • Dulaya Santikul, D.O.
  • Maria Alicia Carillo-Sepulveda, BSN, Ph.D.
  • Christian Spano, D.O.
  • Martin Torrance, D.O.
  • Ulrick Vieux, D.O.
  • Anuj Vohra, D.O.
To view more photos of the NYCOMEC Poster competition, click on Gallery 1 or Gallery 2 .
NYCOMEC's Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Meeting

NYCOMEC's Board of Directors and Strategic Planning meeting took place on May 10, 2016. As part of its ongoing strategic planning, the Board Executive Committee will host a 2-day planning retreat in the fall of 2016. Information will be disseminated as soon as plans are set.

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for September 28, 2016 .
NYCOMEC Welcomes New Board Member  

NYCOMEC welcomes a new member to its Board of Directors, Patricia Salkin, J.D. Ms. Salkin will serve as Board representative for TouroCOM.  Ms. Salkin is Dean and Professor of Law at T ouro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and  Provost for the Graduate and Professional Division at Touro College. For more information about Ms. Salkin, please click here
NYCOMEC Trainee OMM Workshop: Hands on OMM Bootcamp for NYCOMEC Trainees

An OMM Workshop, taught by the NYITCOM's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) faculty and designed for the NYCOMEC interns, residents and fellows, will take place o n   Thursday, July 14, 2016 , from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the OMM laboratory located on the first floor in Serota Building, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury Campus. 

The workshop will review osteopathic diagnosis in the clinical setting and cover integration of high yield osteopathic manipulative techniques that will be incorporated into patient care across all specialties.

To register please click here. Due to limited space please  RSVP  by July 7, 2016 . Dinner will be provided starting 5:15 p.m. 
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series Continues Successfully 

If you have missed one of our previous webinars or would like to view a webinar again, the NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series is archived on the NYCOMEC website. Please contact the NYCOMEC office at (516) 686-3730 for password.

The following webinars are newly archived:

April 13, 2016, Alice Chen, D.O., former AOA Trustee Member and a NYCOMEC Resident at St. Barnabas Hospital, conducted the presentation titled Osteopathic Approach to Headache

April 27, 2016,   Sheldon Yao, D.O. , Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, presented on   OMM Billing and Coding Update

May 11, 2016,   Gerard A. Baltazar, D.O. , Associate Director of Surgical Critical Care, Associate Director of Surgical Residency Program, St. Barnabas Hospital, discussed the  Osteopathic Considerations for Surgical Patients.  
For the schedule of upcoming webinars, please click  here . For information on presenting a topic, please e-mail  Lynn Mark, D.O. , or call at (516) 686-3950. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity requirements. 
In the News
Touro College Research Day: ER Reduces Radiation Exposure in Children with Suspected Appendicitis

Physicians can safely reduce the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in children who have a suspected appendicitis by performing an ultrasound first, according to preliminary results of a retrospective study presented at Touro College Research Day. To read more please click here.
NYITCOM Research Program Seeks to Develop "Fit Physicians"

Researchers at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) are trying to determine whether or not activity monitors, exercise, and monthly wellness seminars help medical students improve fitness, reduce stress, and score higher on tests?  The "Fit Physician" study will measure students' physical activity, academic scores, sleep patterns, and stress levels against a control group and a third group that will wear fitness trackers, but not attend the wellness or exercise programs. To read more, click  here
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
OMM Faculty Development Workshop
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development: Evaluation, Engagement, and Execution-Embracing Change in the Next Accreditation System
Tara Zahtila, D.O.
9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Trainee OMM Workshop
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
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