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November 11, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings

NYCOMEC Fall Grand Rounds
NYCOMEC Fall Grand Rounds will take place on  November 15, 2016from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. , in Riland Auditorium, NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus. The Grand Rounds program is open to all NYCOMEC trainees and faculty. Registration is required. Breakfast and registration start at 8:00 a.m.  

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Robert Orenstein, D.O., Editor in Chief, T he Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA); and  Associate Professor of Medicine, and Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases,  Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Title:  Do Diamonds Really Come From Coal? Transforming Your Patient Experience into Academic Gold 

FEATURED SPEAKER:  David Rush Rapper and Dialysis/Kidney Transplant Patient
Title: Rush [ed]
Please watch his  introduction   video here .

Shawn Cannon, D.O., Chief Academic Officer/ Residency Director of the Social Medicine Program, Southampton Hospital
Title: Heroin: American Crises
Joshua Cohen, J.D. DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico, LLP,  and  Anders Cohen, D.O. Division Chief, Department of Neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Title: Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Action

Eric Martin, Client Relations Manager, and Tiffanie Lee, Trainer/Education Coordinator, PracticeLink, Ltd. 
Title: When To Do What in Your Job Search

Hallie Zwibel, D.O., Director, Sports Medicine, The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM)
Title: Concussions: Past, Present and Future



URGENT!   December 31, 2016 is the deadline for all four-year-plus AOA programs to submit an application to the ACGME to be eligible to participate in the 2017 AOA Match. Programs that have not yet begun the application process, must take action NOW to protect their residency slots.
If you need assistance in completing your applications:
  • NYCOMEC staff are available to assist in finalizing your application. Please contact Lynn Mark, D.O. at (516) 686-3950 or
  • The AOA's Application Assistance Program continues to be available to assist with the application process. Please call Cathy Galligan at (312) 202-8010 or Maura Biszewski at (312) 202-8075.
The AOA is asking programs that do not intend to transition to ACGME to refrain from recruiting or interviewing candidates for the 2017 AOA Match. In January, the AOA's Opportunities website will publish a list of programs that will not be able to accept residents in 2017 and students will not be able to rank order or be accepted into those programs. 
Standard X allows for programs in the application process to request a waiver of the deadline under special circumstances. Any program that wishes to apply for such a waiver should contact AOA immediately.

Osteopathic Recognition in Demand
According to the AOA, a large number of students say they will prioritize programs that have received or are applying for Osteopathic Recognition (OR).  OR is an opportunity for programs to be distinctive in the ACGME system, and respond to market demand from both DOs and MDs. 

To streamline the OR application process, data from your ACGME application is automatically populated into your OR application, and the application itself is more brief. There is no application fee or site inspection required.

If you need assistance with the OR application, NYCOMEC has developed templates and can offer assistance. Please contact Lynn Mark, D.O. 

Progress is Being Made
In the 16 months since the Single Accreditation System has been initiated, almost 700 programs have started the application process. To read more from the AOA, please click here
NYCOMEC 2017 Annual Membership Forms
The NYCOMEC's 2017 Annual Membership Forms have been mailed to all member institutions. As you complete and return the forms, please remember that each member institution is allowed to nominate individuals from their institution who will serve as members of the NYCOMEC Board of Directors, Graduate Medical Education Committee and Research Committee. We appreciate your careful consideration in appointing the individuals who will help us shape the deliverance of graduate medical education. 

For more information, please contact David Broder, D.O., President, NYCOMEC, via  email or at 516 686 3730.  Please return all forms by November 14, 2016.

ACGME Task Force Requests Public Comment on New Residency Training Requirements  

Proposed Requirements Focus on Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being.

ACGME proposes first year residents no longer be limited to 16-hour shifts.

On November 4, 2016, the ACGME presented a set of proposed revisions to Section VI of its Common Program Requirements for public comment over the next 45 days.

In summary, the proposed requirements: 
  • have an expanded section on patient safety and quality improvement; 
  • include a new section on physician well-being; 
  • strengthen expectations around team-based care; 
  • streamline resident clinical and educational work hours to be consistent across the country in a framework that is supported by educators.
Of concern to many, is a provision where first-year residents will no longer be limited to 16-hour shifts during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Instead, individual residency programs could assign first-year trainees to shifts as long as 28 hours, the current limit for all other residents.

To read more about the issues on resident duty hours, click here.  To submit comments to the ACGME, click here. 

The ACGME's board of directors will render a final decision following this 45-day public comment period.

NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series 

These webinars are for NYCOMEC Trainees, Faculty, Medical Staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM Students
Integrating OMM and Medical Acupuncture in Clinical Practice
November 23, 2016
12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Francis Yoo, D.O., Southampton Hospital
Faculty Development Program: Training Your Trainees To Be Successful On Their Specialty Board Examinations
William Blazey, D.O. , Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Old Westbury Campus, will present a faculty development session titled Training Your Trainees To Be Successful On Their Specialty Board Examinations  on December 6, 2016,  starting at 9:45 a.m. 

The objectives of this session are:
  • Identify unique (and not so unique) challenges that resident physicians face when preparing for their specialty boards;
  • Review common test preparation strategies and resources available for test takers;
  • Develop a plan for time management and planning of studies through all years of residency training;
  • Implement a board preparation plan for your training program to ensure the success of your trainees.
Please register by November 29, 2016.
On behalf of David Broder, D.O. and the NYCOMEC staff, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday.  
NYCOMEC Represented at VCOM, WVSOM and NSUCOM Residency Fairs

NYCOMEC continues to represent its member institutions and training programs at recruiting events across the country. Recently, Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager of Trainee Services, attended residency fairs at VCOM in Blacksburg, Virginia; WVSOM, in Lewisburg, West Virginia; and NSUCOM, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All three events were well attended, with over 300 students at each. The NYCOMEC booth was bustling with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year medical students, many of which were originally from the Northeast states looking to find residency programs in that area. Students were pleased to know that NYCOMEC is assisting its programs with the transition to the single accreditation system and had many questions about osteopathic recognized programs. 
Upcoming AODME Webinar

Tiffany Moss, M.B.A.,   Executive Director of Osteopathic Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will present the webinar titled Osteopathic Recognition: Understanding the Application and Common Pitfalls, on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., ET. The webinar will review the recent and proposed changes to the Osteopathic Recognition application and provide tips on how to avoid common recognition citations. R egister here . For more information please click here or read the article in The DO.
ACOFP Faculty Development Day: March 15, 2017
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is introducing its new, one-day  Faculty Development Workshop for Osteopathic Family Medicine  on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., prior to the March 16-19, 2017, ACOFP Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida. The new workshop is designed for COM and residency faculty, preceptors, and program directors along the continuum of osteopathic education. For more information please click here.
Webinar: AOA Board Certification/The Match: Fact vs. Rumor

Boyd R. Buser, D.O., President, American Osteopathic Association, held a webinar titled AOA Board Certification/The Match: Fact vs. Rumor on Monday, November 7, 2016. To access the webinar please click here.
Webinar on How to Create Scholarly Activity

Robert Orenstein, D.O., Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association; Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, held a webinar titled From Patient to Paper: How to Create Scholarly Activity for the Clinician on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. To access the webinar please click here.
The 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule preserves OMT 

The final 2017 physician fee schedule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday preserves OMT as a frontline, non-pharmaceutical treatment for pain. T he victory is due, in part, to strong advocacy by the osteopathic community. Read  more.
American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP) Puts Family Medicine on President-elect's Agenda

AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., sent a 2-page letter to President-elect Trump on November 9th with specific recommendations about what his incoming administration can do to help family physicians better care for their patients. Within his letter, Meigs addressed reforming the nation's graduate medical education system to place greater emphasis on training the workforce of the future in the most appropriate care settings and creating greater accountability for teaching institutions. Meigs said his comments were to ensure that the new administration recognizes how primary care -- and particularly family medicine -- is foundational to continued progress in reforming the health care system. To read more, click here.
In the News
Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., in the Chronicle of Higher Education

"It's a crisis here in Arkansas" Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. tells the Chronicle of Higher Education, referring to the scarcity of primary-care doctors in Arkansas, where she is Site Dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. The article details Ross-Lee's personal story and her efforts to establish a medical school there that is "uniquely prepared to work in underserved and rural communities."   To read more, please click here .
TouroCOM Middletown Presented at CHEST Conference

Third-year students Oddie Moghalu, Shiv Patel and John Bessada from TouroCOM - Middletown Campus, along with Aamir Gilani, M.D., M.P.H., of Orange Regional Medical Center, presented their research titled Early Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit, at the 2016 American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) Conference held in Los Angeles in the end of October. To read more, please click here.
Commendation Corner

ACOFP Outstanding Female Leader Award

Sonia Rivera Martinez, D.O., Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, NYITCOM, and New State York Osteopathic Medical Society's Past President and current Treasurer, has been selected to receive the national American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Outstanding Female Leader Award , which will be presented at the ACOFP 54th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars in March 2017. Congratulations!
Send Us Your Stories!

At NYCOMEC, we love to share our members' success stories. If you have interesting news about your hospital, trainees, faculty, and/or programs, please forward it to us so we may include it in the NYCOMEC newsletter. Please   email  your information to Daniela Popa, M.H.A. Thank you!

In This Issue
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Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
Fall Grand Rounds
8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
(Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.)
Riland Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Trainee Committee Meeting
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Serota Academic Center
Conference Room C
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development:
Training Your Trainees To Be Successful On Their Specialty Board Examinations
William Blazey, D.O.
9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Rockefeller Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Deans Retreat
12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
NYIT de Seversky Mansion
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Location TBA.
Annual Membership Meeting
8:20 a.m.
NYIT de Seversky Mansion
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Annual Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
NYIT de Seversky Mansion
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Trainee OMM Workshop
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Upcoming National Recruiting Events
NYCOMEC Staff Will Be Representing Your GME Programs at the Following Events:
SOMA Luncheon
12:00 noon 
Rockefeller Auditorium,
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Upcoming National GME Meetings/Events
2017 OMEL (Osteopathic Medical Educators and Leaders) Conference
January 19-21, 2017
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa, Florida

2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference  
March 9-12, 2017 
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort 
Orlando, FL

2017 Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Conference
April 26-29, 2017 
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Baltimore, MD  
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