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May 19 2014

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine's Graduates Receive Doctoral Hoods

College of Osteopathic Medicine graduatesOld Westbury, N.Y.  (May 19, 2014) -- Graduates of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine received their doctoral hoods today, celebrating the completion of medical school and the start of their careers as osteopathic physicians.
The 276 graduates, their families, and friends filled the LIUPost Tilles Center for a ceremony during which speakers repeatedly recognized the challenge of medical school and the need for the new doctors to exercise compassionate care for their patients.
“The doctor needs to think with the knowledge of science, but speak with the insight of humanity,” said Dean Wolfgang Gilliar, DO. “Your most important skill as a physician – the skill of truly communicating with colleagues and patients – is beyond obsolescence. Your words will always represent you as the great doctor that you are.”
Keynote speaker Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, the Surgeon General and Commander of the United States Army Medical Command, urged the new doctors to pay close attention to both the science of medicine and the art of healing.
“Optimal healing occurs only after you’ve developed a mutual trust, build a relationship and truly understand the source of a problem and not just the chief complaint,” Horoho said. “It’s done by taking the time to hear their story…know their family, profession, hobbies…whatever it is that makes them – well – them.”
NYIT awarded Horoho an Honorary Doctor of Science degree on Sunday and she received the Riland Public Service Award yesterday. Horoho also administered military oaths of office to nine graduates who will begin serving in the United States Air Force, Navy, or Army. 
NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., said advances in technology will result in more data-intensive and data-driven medical research that will allow new doctors to diagnose more fully and more quickly. He stressed that College of Osteopathic Medicine's administrators and faculty members have bolstered students' lessons in technology with education in leadership and hands-on care.
Medical school graduates“Whether you go on to become pediatricians or surgeons, or you venture into public policy or another specialty, know that you can make an incredible impact on the health of others,” he said. “Today you leave here with great responsibility: to combine your compassion, experience, and education to make a difference in people’s lives.”
The class achieved an unprecedented 99.6% match and placement rate, with more than half of the new doctors slated to begin residencies in either family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics. Fifty-four percent of the graduates will stay in New York state for their residencies..
The class also included the first three graduates of NYITCOM’s accelerated medical program, completing medical school in three years and committing to family medicine practice. Joel Attard, DO, will begin his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip while Christopher Flynn, DO, and Miles Hang, DO, will begin residencies at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Class President Christina Trotta, DO, thanked faculty members for the “tools and knowledge” of osteopathic medical principles, and advised her colleagues to thank those in their lives who provided sacrifices, love, and support.  
“Never lose sight of why you wanted to become a doctor in the first place,” Trotta added.
Trotta, who will practice internal medicine at Drexel/Hahnemann, extended special praise to 19 doctors who were part of the Émigré Physicians Program. Each had completed medical school and practiced medicine abroad and then enrolled at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine so they could obtain licenses to practice in the United States after completing four years of study here.
“I’m sure you all can agree with me that going through this process twice is an accomplishment in itself and speaks volumes of their character, determination, strength, and heart,” she said.
Trotta also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Student Recognition in Teaching Excellence to retiring faculty member Dr. Larry Stepp.
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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 13,000 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.
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