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Apr 14 2010

NYCOM Students Win Top Awards at American Academy of Osteopathy's Conference

Jordan Werley
Jordan Werley, winner of the A. Holis Wolf Case Competition

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 14, 2010) – Students from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) won prestigious awards at the American Academy of Osteopathy’s (AAO) annual conference (Convocation 2010 Pelvis and Sacrum: Where it all comes together) in Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 17 – 21, 2010. 

Jordan Werley, a fourth-year NYCOM student and an academic fellow, won the national A. Hollis Wolf (AHW) Case Competition for her case, “Atypical Neck Pain in a Patient after Surgery.” Along with her competitors, Werley was judged on the ability to demonstrate an understanding of osteopathic principles and the application of patient diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Judges seek students with impressive overall clinical knowledge displayed through a discussion about how osteopathic care was significant to the patient outcome. In the presentation, students must also explain their decision-making process throughout treatment and delivery. As the winner of the AHW Case Competition, Werley will be traveling to Paris in October 2010 on an educational tour.

Additionally, two NYCOM posters emerged as winners in the AAO’s ninth annual Scientific Poster Session. Vivian Siu, a third-year NYCOM student, won first prize for her case presentation poster, “Combined elbow and shoulder pain responding to Rib OMT in a patient with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.” Danielle Turrin and Tim Hegeman, also NYCOM students, won second prize for their poster, “The role of osteopathic manipulation on Vestibular Neuritis.”

“Our students worked very hard to be a part of these competitions, and their prestigious awards are proof of their continuous determination,” said Dr. Reem Abu-Sbaih, a NYCOM physician mentor for the AAO conference and assistant professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). “Students at NYCOM have won first and second prizes at the AHW Case Competition over the past four years, and I am very proud that they have continued this tradition.”

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.

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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and interior 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. For more than 50 years, NYIT has been 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, 81,500 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit


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