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NYIT Holds Convocation for Medical and Health Profession Students

Old Westbury, N.Y. (September 13, 2011)  ̶  NYIT President Dr. Edward Guiliano welcomed new medical and health professions students to the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, telling them they give NYIT “new strength, new pride, and new affirmation of our work.”

The annual convocation for NYIT’s New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) and the School of Health Professions included a video tribute to the late Dr. Stanley Schiowitz, the osteopathic medical pioneer and former NYCOM dean. 
The ceremony, attended by more than 600 students, faculty members, NYIT administrators, and parents, also honored five national leaders in health policy and patient advocacy for their efforts to eliminate health disparities and address concerns of the “health vulnerable.” The leaders received NYIT’s highest award, the Riland Medal of Public Service, named after W. Kenneth Riland, D.O., whose vision helped establish NYCOM and the School of Health Professions.
“Your nation needs you,” said medal winner Dr. Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution. “You are the voice for those that remain in the shadows, the vulnerable populations.”
President Guiliano noted that NYIT has a primary role in educating and training national health policy leaders through two intensive fellowship programs for osteopathic physicians and medical professionals.
 “Twenty-first century leadership in the health and medical fields starts here at NYIT,” he said.
President Guiliano also announced several new technology acquisitions, including a wireless robotic simulator and a microarray scanner for molecular genetic research.  In the School of Health Professions, students are using special iPad apps, researching telerehabilitation for underserved patients, and taking web-enhanced courses.
Fourteen faculty and staff members also received Standard of Excellence Awards for their leadership and accomplishments. Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, reminded the students that the awards and achievements of the honorees and others were an indication of what they can achieve in the future.
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) 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 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, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit
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