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September 22, 2016
NYCOMEC Happenings
How Can We Help You?  Please Participate in Our Needs Assessment Survey

The ACGME Transition Task Force, chaired by Catherine Caronia, M.D., is conducting a needs assessment survey to help guide the committee's strategic planning as we enter the next phase of the ACGME Single Accreditation System. 

Your input will assist us in developing short and long range goals to meet your graduate medical education needs. 

Surveys have been emailed through Survey Monkey to the Board of Directors, GMEC, DMEs and Program Directors.  Please complete yours as soon as possible. For questions about the survey, please contact Abraham Jeger, Ph.D. or Sharon Player or call NYCOMEC at 516-686-3730.
Call to Meeting: Board of Directors 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
The Inn at New Hyde Park
214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY
Please call our office at (516) 686-3730 for more information.
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

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

Osteopathic History in New York State
September 28, 2016
12:00 noon-12:30 p.m.
Martin Diamond, D.O.
Interim Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem Campus 
    Please click here to RSVP.


New Series Begins 
September 29, 2016

NYCOMEC's monthly Research Webinar series begins on 
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 12 noon-1:00 PM.  The topic of our first program is  "Research and Scholarly Activity in the ACGME World", p resented by David Yens, Ph.D., Director of Research.

The Research Webinar series  is designed for both trainees and faculty, and provides an introduction and overview on conducting basic research. For a complete list of Research webinar topics, please click here.    

Online OMT Resources Available to NYCOMEC Member Institutions 

Os teopathic Principles and Practices are a cornerstone of osteopathic GME and will continue in importance under the ACGME Single Accreditation System. 

To ensure that our member institutions have sufficient resources to train tomorrow's physicians in osteopathic philosophy and techniques, NYCOMEC is pleased to provide each member institution with licensed access to the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician's (ACOFP) Educational/Video Resources for Teaching OMT Procedures.
ACOFP updated the materials of the ACOFP Educational/Video Resources for Teaching OMT Procedures, which now has more than 150 OMT procedures. Included are a series of comprehensive didactic lectures that correlate to 41 chapters in the ACOFP publication  Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine - 2nd Edition. To read more click here.
If you have any questions regarding these supplemental training resources or you need your hospital's access key, please contact NYCOMEC at (516) 686-3730.
NYCOMEC Research Committee Meeting 

Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:00 noon
The meeting will be via teleconference. For more information please contact David Yens, Ph.D.
NYCOMEC Trainee Committee Meeting 

Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
NYITCOM Serota Building, Conference Room C, Old Westbury Campus
This meeting meets ACGME requirements to provide a forum where all NYCOMEC residents/fellows can communicate and exchange information with each other relevant to their GME experiences. Please encourage your Trainees to participate.

Refreshments will be provided for those attending. Teleconference capabilities will be available for those who cannot attend in person.  For information and to have Trainees RSVP, please email  Stephanie LaBarbera.
NYCOMEC Trainee and Faculty Development OMM Workshop:  Bring Your Faculty to an OMM Workshop

Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory; Serota Academic Center, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Friday, October 7, 2016
This workshop consists of case presentations pertinent to group specialty that will be discussed along with appropriate OMM treatment. This program anticipates being eligible for 3.0 hours of category 1A CME, pending AOA CCME approval. Time will be available to discuss cases presented by the attendees. 

Dinner will be available from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please click here to RSVP by Friday, October 7, 2016.
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
This program consists of numerous advanced level lectures that target primary care and sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers. The program anticipates being approved for 4.5 hours of category 1-A AOA CME credit, 4.5 hours of category A CEU credit, and 4.5 hours of NYS Physical Therapy CE credit. 

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 Recruiting in the Midwest

NYCOMEC promoted its residency and fellowship programs to interested students in the midwest by participating in several osteopathic medical school Residency Fairs in September.  

Events included expos at Des Moines University, A.T. Still University-Kirksville and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where more than 250 first, second and third-year students  attended each event.  

NYCOMEC had the advantage of being the only organization to represent training programs in the Northeast, as well as one of the largest, promoting over 100 osteopathic programs. 
NYCOMEC Hosted Insightful Program on Achieving Osteopathic Recognition
Featured speaker: Bridget Foy, D.O.
Topic:  Achieving Osteopathic Recognition: the Experience of a Dually-Accredited Family Medicine Residency Program

On September 8, 2016, Bridget Foy, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at The Institute for Family Health, presented an overview of her organization's experience in achieving Osteopathic Recognition for their dually-accredited Family Medicine program.  Dr. Foy outlined the osteopathic curriculum they established to meet ACGME requirements, discussed the steps taken to assimilate the curriculum into these standards, and reviewed the ACGME's Osteopathic Recognition milestones and how they were incorporated into resident evaluations.  The program was recorded and can be viewed on the NYCOMEC website.  For password access, please email Alana Berg.    
TIVRA Updates

The Trainee Information Verification and Registration Audit system (TIVRA) opened in August for institutions to UPDATE and VERIFY contract information previously reported for the 2015-2016 academic year and to REPORT new and continuing contracts for the 2016-2017 academic year. Each institution must update each contract for every osteopathic trainee within their hospital no later than October 15, 2016

To access TIVRA, please click here and choose program login.  If you have additional questions you may contact the AOA at 800-621-1773 ext. 8299 or by e-mail
For more information please click here.

How To Create Scholarly Activity for the Clinician - Part 1
Part 1:
Creating Scholarly Activity
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 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)
Scholarly activity  is a critical component of today's graduate medical education system. Students, residents and faculty all have a role to play and need to understand how to create scholarly work in the context of clinical training and practice. The objectives in this presentation are to:
  1. Know how clinicians can create scholarly work
  2. Identify the components of scholarly work
  3. Understand why scholarly work is important
  4. Identify resources to facilitate this activity
For more information and to register, please click here

ACGME 2016 Summer Spotlight Webinar Series 

The ACGME has launched a series of GME-related webinars this summer, which are now available online. Topics include: 
  • GME Funding: Financial Implications of Curriculum Design.
  • Assessing Program Director Administrative and Leadership Effectiveness.
  • Leveraging the Potential of CCCs to Improve Milestone Reporting, Clinical Competence Assessment, and Promotional Decisions.
  • Combating Burnout, Promoting Physician Well-being: Building Blocks for a Healthy Learning Environment in GME.
  • Know Who You Are, Be Who You Are, Show Who You Are:  Linking Specific Aims and Program Evaluation to the Development of a Marketable Residency Brand
To access the audio programs and download slides, please click  here
Opportunities to Serve on Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)

The AOA is seeking nominees to serve on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  Qualifications for the position include:
  1. Current employment with a hospital or health system in a part- or full-time administrative position.
  2. Experience with undergraduate or graduate medical education in your hospital or health system.
  3. Experience with accreditation at the undergraduate or graduate medical education level (preferred).
Letters of interest and CVs should be emailed to Chaunessie Baggett at by  September 30, 2016.

Opportunity for Scholarly Activity: 

ACGME Call for Abstracts 

The ACGME invites the GME community to submit abstracts for the poster reception at its Annual Educational Conference on March 9-12, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Program directors, coordinators, faculty members, and all others involved in graduate medical education are encouraged to submit abstracts.

2017 Abstract Suggested Topics
This year, the ACGME will accept posters into three tracks:
  1. General Submission
    Abstracts submitted to this track should focus on accreditation, education, assessment, and innovations in GME. Thirty abstracts will be selected in this track.
  2. Physician Well-Being
    Abstracts submitted to this track should focus on studies on physician well-being or a successful well-being initiative in your program or institution. Ten abstracts will be selected in this track.
  3. Clinical Learning Environment
    Abstracts submitted to this track should focus on innovation in the clinical learning environment, response to feedback from Cycle 1 Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) site visits, collaboration to improve patient care and the clinical learning environment, and using the CLER Pathways to Excellence. Ten abstracts will be selected in this track.
For additional information, including selection criteria, please click here.

Physician Workforce Retention

Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) are hosting a symposium to  discuss physician workforce issues, including workforce shortages and mal-distribution, retention strategies from both an undergraduate and graduate medical education perspective, and various pipeline programs designed at getting physicians into practice at a faster pace in needed areas of the state.

Friday, October 14, 2016 
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
GNYHA Conference Center -  15th Floor 
555 West 57th Street, New York, NY

For information and to register, contact Anu Ashok ( ) or Jonathan Teyan ( ).
In the News
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Uses Cardiac Device to Cut Readmission

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY, became the latest local hospital to start using the CardioMEMS system, a remote monitoring device for patients with New York Heart Association Class III heart failure who have been hospitalized within the past year. To read the article please click  here .
Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Vullo Published in American Journal of Perinatology

Jennifer Gibbs, D.O., the winner of the 3rd place in Case Presentation at the NYCOMEC 15th Annual Poster Competition, and John Vullo, D.O., member of the NYCOMEC Board of Directors, both from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of General Surgery, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, published an article titled Spontaneous Rectus Sheath Hematoma in Pregnancy Complicated by the Development of Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury: A Case Report and Review of the Literature in the last issue of the American Journal of Perinatology. To read the article please click  here .
#SaveOMT - AOA Advocacy campaign successful  

The grassroots advocacy campaign, SaveOMT, led by the AOA and its affiliate partners to oppose a proposal from the Medicare billing contractor, National Government Services (NGS),  that would have severely limited payment for OMT and restricted access to it for Medicare beneficiaries in 10 states, was successful. 
After receiving thousands of letters from the osteopathic medical profession, NGS has issued a significantly revised coverage policy for OMT that uses nearly all of the language the AOA had proposed in its comment letter. This ensures DOs will be appropriately paid for providing OMT to Medicare patients, and patient access is preserved. To read more, click here.
Osteopathic Research Study:  OMT Shown to Reduce Hospital Stay in Elderly Patients with Pneumonia

In a study cited in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2016, Vol. 116, research findings suggest that OMT plus antibiotics can reduce hospital stay in elderly patients with pneumonia and reduce the risk of death for the most severely ill patients.
To read more, 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. 
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Upcoming NYCOMEC Meetings/Events
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
The Inn at New Hyde Park
New Hyde Park, NY
Research Committee Meeting 
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Via teleconference
Trainee Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m. 
Serota Academic Center, Conference Room C
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Faculty/Trainee Joint OMM Workshop:  Bring Your Faculty to an OMM Workshop
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
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
Riland Auditorium
NYITCOM - Old Westbury Campus
Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) Meeting
8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Location TBA.
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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