New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education

October 14, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings

NYCOMEC Fall Grand Rounds
The 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.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER:   Robert Ornstein, D.O.
Editor in Chief for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA); and Associate Professor of Medicine, and Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ma yo 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]

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 Lawsuit

Brian Brown, Physician Relations Manager, PracticeLink, Ltd.
Title: When To Do What in Your Job Search

Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., Chief Academic Officer/Residency Director of the Social Medicine Program,  Southampton Hospital
Title: Heroin: American Crises
Hallie Zwibel, D.O., Director, Sports Medicine, The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM)
Title: Concussions: Past, Present and Future

Breakfast and registration start at 8:00 a.m. To register please click here.
NYCOMEC Speakers Bureau Provides New Opportunities for Scholarly Activity

To assist faculty in meeting scholarly activity requirements, NYCOMEC is establishing a Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau will be comprised of affiliated physicians and faculty who are available to present at another institution's grand rounds, medical symposium, or other medical education programs.  These presentations meet the ACGME's Common Program Requirements on scholarly activity for faculty [Standard II.B.5.b).(3).
NYCOMEC will maintain a list of speakers and their topics, and promote these speaking engagements among our membership. We will work with all parties to arrange mutually convenient dates and times for each presentation.
Topics may include a broad overview of a specific field of medicine/surgery; a particular clinical issue and/or case presentation; as well as other topics related to the profession of medicine, such as practice management, risk mitigation, coding, quality assurance, etc.  If there are other staff members within your organization whom you feel would be an asset to our Speakers Bureau, we invite them to participate, as well.
To participate in the Speakers Bureau, please complete a Speaker's Form and return it to NYCOMEC via:  fax (516-686-3767); email ( or mail.  If you would like additional information about the Speakers Bureau, please contact Sharon Player, Manager of Communications & Special Projects at 516-686-1283. 
As we collectively move forward with the ACGME Single Accreditation System, NYCOMEC will continue to look for innovative ways to assist our member institutions in achieving and maintaining ACGME accreditation.  
GME Needs Assessment Survey Underway

Thank you to all who have responded to our Needs Assessment Survey, which was initiated by the ACGME Transition Task Force. The information provided is helpful as we continue our strategic planning. If you have not yet completed the survey and would like to include  comments about GME needs at your institution, we welcome your participation.  To receive the survey, please email
NYCOMEC Board of Directors Meeting

On Thursday, September 28, 2016, the NYCOMEC Board of Directors held their meeting at the Inn at New Hyde Park.

At the meeting, discussions ensued regarding the changes the Single Accreditation System will bring to graduate medical education, how a D.O.'s professional identity formation is influenced by the osteopathic training, how residents are encouraged to take the Osteopathic Boards, the importance of achieving Osteopathic Recognition, and the importance of obtaining ACGME accreditation.
NYCOMEC Trainee Committee Meeting

NYCOMEC held its first Trainee Committee Meeting of the 2016-2017 postdoctoral training year on Thursday, October 6, 2016, in the Serota Academic Center on the NYIT-COM campus in Old Westbury. A total of 25 Trainees from various NYCOMEC member institutions were present, both in person and by teleconference. David Broder, D.O., President, NYCOMEC, gave a brief orientation about NYCOMEC's role in graduate medical education and the importance of the Trainee Committee.
The committee held its election for Chairman, Vice Chairman, and the two representatives from NYCOMEC sponsored, ACGME-accredited programs who will serve on the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). Yasmin Leigh, D.O., a TRI from Orange Regional Medical Center, was elected Chairman, and Luther Quarles, D.O., a 3rd year FM/NMM Resident at  Southampton Hospital, was elected Vice Chairman. The elected  GME Committee Representatives are Stephanie Kuntz, D.O., and Eric Jarmon, D.O., both second year Psychiatry residents at the Orange Regional Medical Center.
Recruitment at OMED

On September 17th, in conjunction with the 2016 OMED Conference, NYCOMEC attended the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Partners Luncheon for osteopathic student leaders. NYCOMEC representatives spoke to 200 student leaders, representing most of the osteopathic medical colleges across the country. Dr. Broder addressed the group and spoke about NYCOMEC and its postdoctoral training opportunities.
On September 18th, NYCOMEC hosted a luncheon for SOMA and SGA officers from NYITCOM Old Westbury, TouroCOM Harlem and TouroCOM Middletown campuses. During the luncheon, students were apprised of residency opportunities at NYCOMEC's member institutions.  
Sports Medicine Conference:  Beyond the Sideline: Unique Considerations

Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: OMM Laboratory; Serota Academic Center, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
For more information, please email   Hallie Zwibel, D.O. , Assistant Professor and Director, Sports Medicine, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine or call at (516) 686-3771.

NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series 

These webinars are for NYCOMEC Trainees, Faculty, Medical Staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM Students
Osteopathic Considerations for Concussion 
October 26, 2016
12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Adena Leder, D.O., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Please click here to register.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center 
General Surgery Program Achieves 
ACGME Initial Accreditation 

Congratulations to Flushing Hospital Medical Center on achieving initial accreditation for its General Surgery program. The General Surgery program is approved for 15 residency positions under the direction of Neil Mandava, M.D., Program Director, and Alan Roth, D.O., Director of Medical Education. 

Call for Comments on ACGME Common Program Requirements

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has appointed a Common Program Requirements Phase 2 Task Force, which will soon begin the process of considering revisions to Sections I through V of the ACGME Common Program Requirements . As a first step, the ACGME has called for comments from the graduate medical education community on the current requirements, including recommendations for change. 

Those wishing to offer recommendations are invited to submit them to before October 28, 2016 . After all comments are reviewed, a new version of the common program requirements will be drafted that will be shared with the GME community for further feedback.  
Scholarships Available for Medical Students

Scholarships are available for medical students to attend the Family Medicine Educational Consortium, Inc., (FMEC) Annual Meeting, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 28 - 30, 2016. Students from within all four years of medical school may apply and the scholarships cover two nights in the hotel, all meals, and the conference registration fee. Students pay their own travel expenses. To register or for more information, please click here.

How To Create Scholarly Activity for the Clinician - Part 2

Topic Part 2:

Getting Published
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM (ET)
Robert Orenstein, D.O.
Editor-in-Chief, American Osteopathic Association; Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
Sponsor: Association of Osteopathic Directors of Medical Education (AODME)
For more information and to register, please click here
Resolution Approved Regarding Postponement of AOA Accreditation Inspections

In August, at the AOA Cluster meetings, the PTRC and COPT approved a resolution to establish an alternative pathway for AOA accreditation for AOA-accredited programs with ACGME pre-accreditation and continuing pre-accreditation status.  

The Resolution allows programs that are due for an AOA inspection and have met the criteria below, to request from their Osteopathic Specialty College, a possible postponement of their AOA site visit for up to 24 months.   

To be considered for a postponement, programs must have:
  • received five years of continuing approval at their last AOA accreditation site visit, and 
  • have attained ACGME Pre-Accreditation or Continuing Pre-Accreditation status. 
To view the Resolution in its entirety, click here .  
To view the procedures for requesting a postponement, click here.
In the News
Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYIT College of Osteopthic Medicine, Published in STATNews

Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, was published in the September 29, 2016 issue of His op-ed article, entitled Medical Students Need to Learn the Potent Medicine of Empathy can be read by clicking here
NYITCOM Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Celebration

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) kicked off a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with a gala alumni event at Disneyland in California. More than 100 alumni and guests joined NYITCOM leaders and faculty members to mark the beginning of the festivities. To read more please click here .
Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., FACOI, Chief Academic Officer at Southampton Hospital to Speak on Building Esprit de Corps Among Trainees

Shawn P. Cannon, D.O., Chief Academic Officer at Southampton Hospital is presenting a webinar entitled Esprit de Corps: Building an Alumni Network on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM (Eastern). The session will introduce the basic concepts of leadership required to build an esprit de corps; discuss how to build an Alumni Network; and review strategies for continuing to connect with Millennials and encourage them to give back. The program is sponsored by the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME). For information and to register, please click here
Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine honored by Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) honored Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O. at the American Osteopathic Association's national conference held Sept. 17-20 in Anaheim, California. 
Dr. Gilliar, a graduate of MSUCOM (1986), was presented with MSUCOM's 2016 Alumni of the Year Award . To read more, please click here
Martin Levine, D.O., MPH, FACOFP Appointed Interim Clinical Dean at TouroCOM - Harlem Campus
Dr. Martin S. Levine has been named Interim Clinical Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem on September 29, 2016. To read more please click here.
Orange Regional Medical Center Opens New Physician Office Building and Cancer Center

Orange Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Group recently held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in celebration of the official opening of the new Outpatient Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The new five-story building will house the Orange Regional Medical Group,  various outpatient services and a Cancer Center.  To read more please click here.
Commendation Corner

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem Campus received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award, TouroCOM will be featured in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. To read more please click here.


NYITCOM Students Honored for Their Research Posters  at OMED 2016

Lyudmila Burina, OMS IV, and Alexander Stangle, OMS IV, both from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine-Old Westbury  Campus, won the s econd-prize award in the clinical studies category at the 2016 Poster Session and Student Poster Competition held during OMED 2016 . To read The DO article please click here.

Send Us Your News!
If you have interesting news about your 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!
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Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
NYCOMEC/NYITCOM Sports Medicine Conference: 
Beyond the Sideline: Unique Considerations 
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Fall Grand Rounds
8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
(Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.)
Riland Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) Meeting
Location TBA.
Annual Membership Meeting
8:20 a.m.
Location TBA.
Annual Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
Trainee OMM Workshop
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Upcoming National GME Meetings/Events
2017 OMEL (Osteopathic Medical Educators and Leaders) Conference
January 19-21, 2017
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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