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Aug 20 2012

NYIT Welcomes 315 New Osteopathic Medical Students

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (August 20, 2012) – New York Institute of Technology President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., urged the university’s new medical students to maintain “the passion and idealism that compelled you to want to become a physician.” 

In a welcome address to the 315 members of the Class of 2016 at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Guiliano noted that NYIT is the top provider of generalist physicians – family medical doctors, internists, and pediatricians -- in New York State. He praised the class for their academic achievements but noted that “being a good doctor is about much more than test scores and grades…and requires compassion, empathy, and the ability to communicate well.”
 
Guiliano said NYIT's commitment to 21st-century medical education includes its promise to incorporate real-world collaborative and interdisciplinary experiences, technology, and research while intepreting the needs of future patients.
 
"Perhaps you'll follow in the footsteps of students who spent the summer researching everything from thyroid hormones and the cardiovascular system to an improved approach to dissection techniques," he said. "Perhaps you will contribute to the growing body of research on the positive effects of osteopathic manipulative techniques on patients with hypertension, autism, or asthma."
 
Vice President of Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. walked amid students in Riland Auditorium to field their answers to the question she posed about the characteristics they think doctors should have. 
 
“Starting today, we want to develop you into the kind of professionals that osteopathic medicine needs," she said. “We’re trying to give you the kinds of skills that you will need to continue to learn because medicine is changing all of the time.”
 
Ross-Lee concluded: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Stay focused on why you’re here and what you want to achieve.”
 
Guest speaker William Anderson, D.O., Vice President, Academic Affairs and Osteopathic Medical Education, Sinai-Grace Hospital and a professor and advisor to the Dean of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, told the students they shouldn’t be frightened if they don’t know all the answers.
 
“But do be smart enough to know where to get the right answers,” he said.
 
In his concluding remarks, Anderson said: "'Osteopathic’ is just a word until you give it definition. What you become and this profession becomes depends on what you do with that word.”
 
The day’s activities also included a barbeque, humorous skits to illustrate real medical school issues, group discussions, and the signing of an honor code document. 
 
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
 
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