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Jul 09 2010

Future Physicians Receive Their White Coats at NYIT

Old Westbury, N.Y. (July 9, 2010) – Students at New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) were presented their white coats at a ceremony on June 30, marking the completion of their classroom training and pre-clinical studies and the beginning of their clinical assignments.

After successfully completing the first two years of medical school, 291 NYCOM students in the Class of 2012 continue their education in clinical assignments at NYCOM hospital affiliates throughout the New York metropolitan region. Students will begin their clinical clerkships on Monday, August 2, where they will be assigned to one of six core rotations including family medicine (five weeks), internal medicine (ten weeks), pediatrics (five weeks), OB/GYN (five weeks), psychiatry (five weeks), and surgery (ten weeks).

"The white Coat ceremony is a significant milestone which recognizes the next phase in the medical education continuum that requires physicians-in-training to apply acquired knowledge and skills to patients in varying clinical settings,” said NYCOM Dean Thomas Scandalis. “This rite of passage is an acknowledgement of their achievement thus far, and serves as a symbol of their ongoing commitment to the profession they aspire to enter, and to the patients they are entrusted to serve."

Students spend their third year of medical school at these clerkships, which are offered at 39 affiliated hospitals or ambulatory centers, including St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, N.Y.), Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, N.Y.), Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow, N.Y.), Lutheran, Maimonides, & Coney Island (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Saint Barnabas Health Care System (N.J.), Institute for Family Health (Kingston, N.Y.), and Wilson Regional Memorial Medical Center (Johnson City, N.Y.).

Humayun (Hank) Chaudhry (D.O. '91) delivered the keynote address at the White Coat Ceremony and received NYCOM's 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Chaudhry serves as the president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, a non-profit organization that represents the 70 U.S. medical and osteopathic licensing boards. He is also an adjunct clinical associate professor in NYCOM's Department of Medicine.

NYCOM is committed to training osteopathic physicians for a lifetime of learning and practice, based upon the integration of evidence-based knowledge, critical thinking, and the tenets of osteopathic principles and practice. NYCOM provides a continuum of educational experiences to its students, extending through the clinical and post-graduate years of training.

About NYIT

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), founded in 1955, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 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 more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. 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, 85,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.


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