NYCOMEC Newsletter Issue 145: August 14, 2017


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NYCOMEC News and Events


NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series

These webinars are for NYCOMEC trainees, faculty, medical staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM students.

Topic: OMM for Sexual Dysfunction in Females
Date: August 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 noon
Speaker: Tanya Shneyder, D.O., Assistant Program Director, Family Medicine, NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn

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We are always looking for more presenters for our webinars. If you are interested in presenting a topic, you are welcome to email Lynn Mark, D.O., or call her at 516.686.3950 to schedule a webinar. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity requirements.

Faculty Development Program: Quality Improvement-Why, How and When in GME?
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Place: Rockefeller Auditorium, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Daniel Lombardi, D.O., Patient Safety Officer, Associate Medical Director, and Director of Medical Education, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY
Title: Quality Improvement-Why, How and When in GME?

Preregistration is required. Please register by Friday, September 1, 2017.

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NYCOMEC-NYIT Healthcare Leadership Certificate Course

A series of lectures designed to develop and enhance leadership skills among healthcare administrators, physicians and management staff.

Title: Performance Improvement Using Lean Methodology/Team Building Skills
Speaker: Francis Yoo, D.O., Associate Program Director, Integrated Family Medicine, Southampton Hospital
Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Garden Room North
New Trump Pavilion

89-40 135 Street, Jamaica, NY

For information on the course, please email Sharon Player or call 516-686-1283. (AAFP CME credit is provided by Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.)


NYCOMEC Co-Sponsors NYITCOM’s Sports Medicine Conference

NYCOMEC and NYIT Center for Sports Medicine co-sponsor Beyond the Sideline: Unique Athlete Populations conference that will take place on Monday, September 18, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in the Rockefeller Auditorium, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus.
Speakers will include:

  • Naresh Rao, D.O., FAOSM, head team physician for Men’s USA Water Polo and author of Step Up Your Game;
  • Richard McCormack, M.D., orthopedist specializing in sports medicine who served as an assistant team physician for the New York Jets, New York Islanders, Hunter College, and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships;
  • Elizabeth Sandel, M.D., specialist in brain injury and researcher;
  • Matthew Heller, D.O., primary care sports medicine specialist and ringside physician for USA Boxing.
  • There is no registration fee for the NYCOMEC trainees. For registration information and program outline please click here.
    This program anticipates being approved for 5.5 of AOA Category 1A CME credit hours, 5.5 NYS Physical Therapy continuing education credit and 5.5 category A CEU credit hours pending approval by the AOA CME, NYS and the BOC respectively.
    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.

    2017-2018 NYCOMEC Blue Research Webinar Series Begins on September 28

    Research and scholarly activity are important components in the current postdoctoral training environment. NYCOMEC is committed to foster and support research by its trainees.
    The Research Webinar Series, presented by David Yens, Ph.D., Research Director, NYCOMEC Corp., is designed for both trainees and faculty, and provides an introduction and overview on conducting basic research. The webinars will take place on the last Thursday of each month during the academic year. To register for an upcoming webinar please call NYCOMEC office at 516.686.3730 or email Alana Berg.
    For more information, please click here.

    OMM Workshop for NYCOMEC Trainees and Faculty

    NYCOMEC hosted an OMM workshop for trainees and faculty on Thursday, August 2, 2017. It was coached by the NYITCOM’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) faculty and designed for the NYCOMEC interns, residents, fellows, and faculty.
    With a very impressive attendance, the workshop reviewed osteopathic diagnosis in clinical setting and covered integration of high yield osteopathic manipulative techniques that can be incorporated into patient care across all specialties.
    Trainees from Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Maimonides Hospital Medical Center, Nassau University Medical Center, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, and St. Barnabas Hospital participated. The NYIT faculty who instructed at the workshop were: Patricia Kooyman, D.O., To Shan Li, D.O., Michael Terzella, D.O., and Sheldon Yao, D.O.

    NYCOMEC Introduces Postdoctoral Training Programs to NYITCOM Class of 2021

    The annual NYITCOM Club and Organization Fair was held on August 11, 2017, outdoors, on the grounds of the NYIT Old Westbury Campus. At the fair, NYCOMEC staff  talked to many of NYITCOM Class of 2021 students, offering information about postdoctoral training opportunities available at the NYCOMEC member institutions’ sites. Staff also distributed NYCOMEC brochures which provide detailed information about the wide variety of programs offered by our member institutions.

    NYCOMEC Medical Schools Welcome Their First Year Medical Students

    Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., Dean, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine addressed the incoming Class of 2021 in Old Wesbury, NY, and Jonesboro, Arkansas, on August 2, 2017. Please click here for social media.
    TouroCOM – Harlem Campus hosted on July 25, 2017 a social reception for incoming students with music, food, faculty & friends. Please click here for details in social media.

    ACGME Updates


    AACGME Review Committees Seek Resident Members

    The resident member is a valued member of each ACGME Review Committee and participates as a full voting member in all Committee activities, including program review and policy discussion.
    The Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Review Committee is seeking a resident member for a position that will become available on July 1, 2018. Candidates must be enrolled in one of the following types of residency programs on July 1, 2018:

  • AOA-approved neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine Plus One program;
  • AOA-approved neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine program; or
  • ACGME-accredited osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine program.
  • Criteria and membership details are available on the Documents and Resources page of the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicinesection of the ACGME website. If you have any questions, please email them to the Executive Director Tiffany Moss. Nominations will be accepted until September 18, 2017.
    The Family Medicine Review Committee is seeking a resident member for a position that will become available July 1, 2018. Nominees must be in good standing in the PGY-2 level as of July 1, 2018 of a three-year ACGME-accredited family medicine program. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Family Medicine section of the ACGME website. If you have any questions, please email them to the Accreditation Administrator Sandra Benitez. Nominations will be accepted until September 1, 2017.

    Osteopathic Principles Committees Seeks Comments on Proposed Revisions and Impact Statement

    The Osteopathic Principles Committees is seeking comments on recently proposed focused revisions and the impact statement on osteopathic recognition requirements. View them here. Please note that the comment period will close on September 13, 2017.

    Osteopathic Principles Committee  Seeks Nominations for Public Member

    The Osteopathic Principles Committee is seeking prospective candidates for a public member position. For information and the nomination form, click here. E-mail questions and completed forms to Nominations will be accepted until September 1, 2017.

    For Your Information


    Update on Washington DC Activities

    The House and Senate recently introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program, which produces primary care physicians who provide critical health care in underserved communities across the country. As this program is set to expire on September 30, 2017, the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017, would provide a sustainable source of funding to ensure this highly successful program can continue to train the future primary care physician workforce, particularly in rural and medically underserved areas. AACOM, alongside other national associations, led efforts to support the introduction of the House and Senate versions of this important legislation (read more). To add your support to AACOM’s advocacy efforts, click here.

    Updates on the Transition to Single GME Accreditation System

    View the updates on the transition to single GME accreditation system that were given by the ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., and the 2015-2016 AOA President Boyd R. Buser, D.O., during the AOA House of Delegates Meeting which took place on Friday, July 21, 2017.

    AOA Opportunities Database Updates

    The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) online database, Opportunities, has been listing all currently AOA-approved programs. As we transition to the single GME accreditation system, programs will achieve ACGME accreditation and will drop their AOA approval status and therefore will no longer be displayed in Opportunities. To assist students in tracking these programs, the AOA created a new list of all AOA-approved programs that fully transitioned to ACGME accreditation. View the Opportunities website to access this list.
    In addition, the Opportunities website now also links to an ACGME Public Accreditation Data System (ADS) report that lists programs offering education in Osteopathic Principles and Practice. This list contains all ACGME-accredited Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) programs and programs that have received Osteopathic Recognition.
    View the report for the current Academic Year 2017-2018.

    In the News


    NYITCOM Researcher Discovers Potential Cancer Treatment Breakthrough

    Dong Zhang Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), and a team of researchers published in the July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal detailed findings that suggest new synthetic lethal interactions could inhibit the growth of certain tumors. As a result, patients undergoing conventional chemotherapy for those cancers could potentially receive more effective and less toxic drug treatment.To read the article please click here.

    Southampton Hospital Joins Stony Brook Medicine Health System

    As of August 2017, Southampton Hospital has formally joined the Stony Brook Medicine Health System, as announced by Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President, and Ken Kaushansky, M.D., Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine Health System. Now known as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the community-based hospital will provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license.
    To read more please click here.

    How to Approach Studying for COMLEX-USA

    The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-USA (COMLEX-USA) is a three-part medical licensing exam that each trainee has to pass in order to become a licensed D.O. An article published in The DO advises COMLEX candidates on popular study aids and methods on how to prepare for this licensing exam. Read more.