New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

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ISSUE 138                                                                                                  May 3, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
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
Trainee Committee Meeting
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
Faculty Development Program: 
CCC/APE/AIR- Alphabet Soup of ACGME Evaluations
Samuel Sandowski, M.D.
9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program: 
Addressing Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession
Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O., DFACN
10:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
Old Westbury Campus
OMM Trainee/Faculty Workshop
6:15 - 9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webin ar:  
Osteopathic Considerations for the Patients with TMD

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
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM Resources in Complying with NYS Pain Management Guidelines

Jeffrey Perry, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
The Osteopathic Dermatologist

Peter Ilowite, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM Use in the Emergency Department

Micky Deel, D.O.
12:0 0 noon
O.R. Webin ar:  
OMM Use in the Prenatal Patient

Amanda Deel, D.O.
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
NYCOMEC's First Sponsored Residency Program at Orange Regional Medical Center

On April 28, 2017, the Psychiatry residency program at Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC),  institutionally-sponsored by NYCOMEC, received ACGME Initial Accreditation effective July 1, 2016. Congratulations to Drs. Israelski and Vieux! 

NYCOMEC will continue to work with them to move to the next step: achieving Osteopathic Recognition. 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. 
New Scholarly Activity Opportunity for NYCOMEC Faculty: May 25, 2017
Faculty members, if you need scholarly activity, consider being a judge at the NYCOMEC's 16th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition which will take place on May 25, 2017 at LaGuardia Marriott Hotel located in East Elmhurst, NY. As a regional poster competition, the ACGME considers this scholarly activity.  For more details please email David Yens, Ph.D., NYCOMEC Research Director .
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

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

Osteopathic Considerations for the Patients with TMD
May 10, 2017
12:00 noon
R. Keith Felstead, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Medical Education, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY

For information, please call NYCOMEC at 516-686-3730 or email
Reminder: 16th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition

On Wednesday,  May 25, 2017, trainees from NYCOMEC programs will present their experimental research and case study posters at the 16th Annual NYCOMEC Trainee Poster Competition that will take place at the 
LaGuardia Marriott Hotel 
located in East Elmhurst, NY. The poster competition will start at  8:30 a.m.  For more information please contact our office at 516.686.3730.  

NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds
NYCOMEC Spring Grand Rounds, in conjunction with the 16th 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 by Thursday, May 18, 2017.

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Lawrence Kobak, DPM, JDPartner, Kern Augustine Conroy & Shoppmann, PC
Title: Employment Contracts: Don't Ignore the Fine Print!
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Jerry Balentine, D.O. , Vice President, Medical Affairs & Global Health, New York Institute of Technology
Title: Leadership Strategies for Everyday Practice

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
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
3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Steven Golinowski, D.O. , Director of Medical Education and Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Title: Contemporary Management HIV
National Author to Discuss Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation at Next NYCOMEC Faculty Development

Robert G. G. Piccinini, D.O., DFACN the lead author of Addressing Burnout, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in the Osteopathic Profession: An Approach That Spans the Physician Life Cycle, a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, will lecture on burnout, depression and suicidal ideation at the next NYCOMEC Faculty Development scheduled for June 8, 2017.

To read the article please click here.
Reminder to All Graduate Medical Education Faculty & Staff

NYCOMEC is pleased 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 (2017-2018).  For your convenience, the Registration Form can be found on our  website Please be reminded to submit them before trainees begin the academic year. 

In addition, please notify NYCOMEC of any trainee status changes, (i.e. medical leave, resignation or termination) by  contacting  Stephanie LaBarbera , M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, at 516.686.3730.
2017 AODME/AACOM Conference

The Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference, with the theme Educating Leaders for Integrated Health Systems, A Paradigm for the Future, took place from April 26 to April 29, 2017, in Baltimore, MD. NYCOMEC member institutions had a large representation across the programs, from sessions on admission to medical schools to medical research posters:
  • Effects of IPAD Use on COMLEX Outcomes authored by Jerry Balentine, D.O., Vice President, Medical Affairs and Global Health, William Blazey, DO, Assistant Dean for Preclinical Education, and Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Research, NYITCOM;
  • Measurable Factors Predicting Outcomes of Licensing Examinations, presented by William R. Blazey, D.O., Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education, Filippo Romanelli, MBA, OMS, and George Koutsouras, MPH, OMS, NYITCOM;
  • Outcomes of the Long Term Flipped Classroom in a New York Osteopathic Medical School, presented by Pearl G. Myers, M.D., MS, Associate Professor, Pathology, TouroCOM-NY;
  • Should There Be a Geriatric Surgery Fellowship? National Survey Results and Discussion presented by Micaela Weaver, D.O., Surgery Resident, NYITCOM;
  • Comparison of Osteopathic and Allopathic Medical Student Interest in Family Medicine presented by Alyssa R. Toia, OMS, NYITCOM;
  • Early Clinical Exposure Improves Medical Student Performance on Rotations presented by Inna Bulavsky, OMS, Alexander Nello, OSM, Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., Assistant Professor, and Karen Sheflin, D.O., Assistant Professor, NYITCOM.
At the conference, one of the focuses was the importance of attaining osteopathic recognition by residency programs in order to perpetuate the osteopathic philosophy.

Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., FACOI, Chief Academic Officer, Director of Medical Education, Southampton Hospital, and Member of NYCOMEC Board of Directors was appointed to represent Region 1 on the AODME Board of Trustees.
NYCOMEC Members Dine Together at NYCOMEC-sponsored Hospitality Event  
35 NYCOMEC members gathered together to enjoy dinner and share camaraderie at a hospitality event hosted by NYCOMEC on April 26, 2017,  during the AODME/AACOM Conference in Baltimore, MD. The dinner provided  an informal opportunity for members to build fellowship while  discussing GME-related concerns.  At the dinner, Dr. Broder facilitated a discussion on each member's aspirations for their programs under the Single Accreditation System.
NYCOMEC Co-Sponsored NYIT Global Health Grand Rounds

NYCOMEC co-sponsored the NYIT Global Health Grand Rounds o n Monday May 1, 2017. Isha Mehta, M.D. , Chief of Gynecology, Elmhurst Hospital, shared her experience in women's health care outside of the United States and the challenges women around the world face in addressing their health with her  presentation titled Women's Health: A Global Health Challenge. The presentation was well received by a large audience comprised of faculty, students and trainees.
Volunteer to Serve on an AOA Bureau, Council or Committee Today!

All members of the osteopathic professional family and AOA affiliate groups are encouraged to submit applications of interest to serve on an AOA Bureau, Council or Committee.

Apply now to serve in an AOA leadership position in 2017. All submissions must be received by Sunday, May 14If you have any questions, please send an email to  and enter "Query" in the subject line.  If you are appointed to serve you will be notified via email in August 2017.

To read more please click here.
ACGME Launches New Single GME Accreditation System  Web Pages 
The ACGME has added additional web pages with new information on the Single Accreditation System (SAS). 
The new pages provide specific information for AOA-approved programs and institutions applying for accreditation under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding. This information has been organized by stages in the accreditation process: application, pre-accreditation, and Initial Accreditation.

There is also now targeted information for AOA residents and DO students, as well as ACGME-accredited programs that are not AOA-approved. For each of these groups, applicable information is presented on such topics as terminology, eligibility, Osteopathic Recognition, and more.
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Milestones Reporting Window-Spring 2017 

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.  For questions regarding Milestones content, e-mail For technical or submission related questions (e.g., login assistance), e-mail
ACGME Webinar: CLER Supervision Issue Brief
Themes in Supervision from the CLER National Report

May 8, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Kevin B. Weiss, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Vice President for Institutional Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Mark B. Woodland, M.S., M.D., FACOG Chair OB/GYN, Reading Health System, member representative Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and Organization of Program Directors (OPDA)

The ACGME is collaborating with OPDA in the sixth webinar in a series of presentations designed around the six CLER Focus areas. The speakers will discuss key
themes and data from the National Report of Findings 2016 relating to supervision. They will highlight findings in four major areas: resident, fellow and faculty member awareness of the CLER's supervision; knowledge of supervision terminology and methods; engagement in supervision improvement (QI) activities; and involvement in developing and implementing the CLER's strategies for supervision. They will also expand upon these areas by including challenges and opportunities for improvement. 

To register, click here.
In the News
Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., Osteopathic Medicine Pioneer and Visionary, Announced Retirement

After nearly 40 years of advancing the field of osteopathic medicine and blazing trails for women and minorities, Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., is retiring as Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), an institution she served for 16 years in multiple leadership roles.

To read more, please click  here .   
Stuart Almer, Administrator/COO, Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated the Mets' 2017 opening day with Mets fan and Gurwin resident Rudal "Rudy" Ahlen. 

To read the article, please click  here .  
Commendation Corner
Dr. Jeger Received AODME Lifetime Achievement Award

Abraham Jeger, Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Assistant Dean, Academic Outreach and Site Development, NYITCOM, received the 2017 AODME Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Presidential Reception and Collegium of Fellows Induction Ceremony that took place during the  AACOM/AODME Joint Conference in Baltimore, MD. 
The award was presented to Dr. Jeger for his exemplary leadership and exceptional contributions to AODME. Lynn Mark, D.O., AODME President, and NYCOMEC Director of Accreditation, said that over the years Dr. Jeger "has been instrumental in advancing the mission and purposes of AODME by improving the quality of osteopathic medical education".  

Dr. Mark Received Her AODME Fellowship

Lynn Mark, D.O., M.S., Past President, AODME, and Director of Accreditation, NYCOMEC, received her  Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical  Educators Fellowship at the Presidential Reception and Collegium of Fellows Induction Ceremony that took place on Thursday, April 27, 2017, during the AACOM/AODME Joint Conference.
Dr. Steier Awarded at the SUNY Orange Foundation Annual Ceremony

Kenneth J. Steier D.O., M.B.A., M.P.H., Executive Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, received the Leadership in Education Award at the SUNY Orange Foundation 11th Anniversary of the Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The SUNY Orange Foundation Annual Leadership Awards recognize excellence in health services.

To read more, please click here
2017 Spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

The 2017 Spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades were published in mid-April. Three NYCOMEC member institutions are the proud receivers of the well-deserved A grade:
  • Eastern Long Island Hospital
  • Jersey City Medical Center, and 
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

To read more, please click here
Danielle Vanderet, D.O., First Place, Experimental Research, and Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., Poster Competition Chair
NYSOMS ROC-2017 Poster Competition Winners

Several residents from NYCOMEC Programs were awarded at the NYSOMS' Annual Poster Competition, held in conjunction with ROC-NY 2017. Congratulations to:          

Resident Experimental Research Category:
1st Place:  Danielle Vanderet, D.O., General Surgery resident, SBH Health System - The Utility of Zip Ties for Thoracostomy Tube Management                            
2nd Place: Vanessa L. Yoo, D.O., General Surgery resident, Flushing Hospital Medical Center - The Unnecessary: Optimization of the Blood Bank for the Surgical Patient         

3rd Place: Erica Beauplan, D.O., Internal Medicine resident, Southampton Hospital - Assessment of Hospital Discharge Procedure Policies in Overall Patient Education and Satisfaction

Resident Case Study Category:
2nd Place:  Semhar Teklezgi, D.O., Internal Medicine resident, HackensackUMC Palisades - 
Life Threatening Clot Burden in a Patient with Crohns Disease               

3rd Place: Melissa Meghpara, D.O., General Surgery resident, Flushing Hospital Medical Center - 
Idiopathic Infrarenal Aortic Inflammation Status Post Aortic Stent Graft 

Student Experimental Research Category:
1st Place: Jake Lichterman, OMSIII, TouroCOM-Harlem - A Novel Role for 17-β Estradiol and Testosterone in Osteosarcoma Tumorigenesis and Metastasis

2nd Place:  Nicole Angelo, OMSIII, NYITCOM - The Reliability of King Devick (KD) Testing in Predicting Concussion Symptom Severity in Student Athletes

3rd Place: Nicholas Faron, OMSII, TouroCOM-Middletown - Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery and Intraocular Lens Implantation Outcomes on Children with Neurological Impairment

To read more, please click  here