The New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC) is a collaborative relationship of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, its affiliated hospitals, and other institutions for the purpose of enhancing the quality of osteopathic graduate medical education. Founded in 1995, NYCOMEC is one of the original Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTI) and the leading consortium in New York and New Jersey.
NYCOMEC member institutions offer a wide range of postdoctoral training opportunities, including traditional rotating internships and residency programs in:
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Combined Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine
- Combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine
- General Surgery
- Integrated Family Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
- Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
- Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Plus One
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
NYCOMEC also sponsors a number of fellowships.
What is an OPTI?
The AOA (American Osteopathic Association) began the OPTI system in order to establish a continuum of osteopathic medical education, linking medical schools, teaching hospitals and ambulatory training facilities, and to ensure ongoing assessment of educational quality. OPTIs are made up of one or more colleges of osteopathic medicine and one or more hospital in partnership for training. Within this community-based model of medical education, OPTIs facilitate sharing of educational resources, create opportunities for faculty development and joint training programs, and promote clinical research. OPTI partnership has been required for institutions administering programs of osteopathic graduate medical education since 1999.
General policies for osteopathic medical education are reviewed by the AOA’s Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT), which recommends overall requirements and specialty residency or fellowship standards. Internships, residencies and fellowships are approved by the AOA’s Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC). OPTIs are accredited through the Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI). Requirements are outlined in The Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training, published on the AOA website. As part of the accreditation process, OPTIs are reviewed regularly through annual reporting, self-study, and on-site inspection. For more information, visit www.osteopathic.org.