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Oct 14 2010

NYIT Recognizes 'Agents of Change' in Healthcare, Medical Education

Old Westbury, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2010) – As health care reform initiatives begin to be implemented across the nation, five national leaders in health policy and community advocacy representing several disciplines of medicine and the health professions were honored by New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) for their contributions to a better, broader, and deeper health care system. On Sept. 13, 2010, NYIT awarded its highest honor – the Riland Medal of Public Service – to five “agents of change” at the 2010 Student Convocation for the School of Health Professions and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM).

Created in honor of NYCOM co-founder Dr. W. Kenneth Riland in 2005, the Riland Public Service Award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in one of the following areas: research, academic leadership, clinical service, health workforce innovation, health policy, community advocacy, osteopathic philosophy, and medical education. The 2010 honorees are:

Convocation Peter Ajluni, D.O., senior orthopedic surgeon at Mount Clemens Medical Center in Michigan and former president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), received the Riland Medal for osteopathic philosophy in honor of his lifelong commitment to health and wellness and his strong support of osteopathic medicine in global health.
Cyber Security Conference Meredith Davison, Ph.D., MPH, associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, was honored for her academic leadership in fostering and encouraging interdisciplinary health and medical education.
Paricia Galloway Shawn Martin, B.S., director of government relations for the AOA, was recognized for his accomplishments in health policy. Martin has provided leadership and public policy engagement for the osteopathic medical profession on several national healthcare initiatives, including health system reform.
Paricia Galloway Russell G. Robertson, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and chair of Family Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, was honored for his achievements in graduate medical education. Dr. Robertson currently serves as chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) and is a member of several national and international workforce bodies.
Interdisciplinary Conference Richard A. Wansley, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, was recognized for his achievements regarding national health care workforce policy. He has prepared numerous white papers on policy matters, served as a federally designated consultant to studies of grant-funded health professions training programs, and testified before the U.S. Congress about numerous workforce issues.

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