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Nov 28 2012

NYIT's Medical School To Be Renamed

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (November 28, 2012) – New York Institute of Technology will rename its osteopathic medical school next month as New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Effective January 1, the new name replaces the 35-year-old college’s former name, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, which was commonly known as NYCOM. An official naming, sign dedication ceremony, and a reception are planned for December 5.

“We are one institution, and we recognize and celebrate New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine as an integral part of our university community,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. “We are privileged to be one of the few universities in the country with an osteopathic medical school, especially one that is so highly-regarded for its continuum of education, from pre-college programs to post-graduate fellowships and policy study programs.”

The medical school’s name change is part of NYIT’s 2030 Plan, a strategic plan that calls for greater interdisciplinary efforts and collaboration across departmental and school boundaries. In finalizing the new name, administrators believed it important to move away from the "COM" abbreviation used by many technology corporations or businesses not associated with osteopathic medicine.

“The new name positions NYIT and its College of Osteopathic Medicine for a future that includes continuing expansion of our research base, continuing innovations in interdisciplinary programs, and most importantly, educating future physicians using cutting-edge technology and curricular innovations," said Vice President of Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. “Part of this future includes connecting more effectively with all of our alumni around the state, the country, and the world.”

NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is the third-largest medical school in the United States and the second-largest accredited osteopathic medical school. Each year, the school admits approximately 300 students. Students and graduates obtain clinical clerkships and residencies at local, regional, and national hospitals and medical centers. The school also offers the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program for osteopathic residents preparing for leadership roles in the profession and health policy arena, and the Health Policy Fellowship program. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is home to the Center for the Future of the Health Care Workforce and the new Center for Sports Medicine and Performance Sciences. It also operates two clinical facilities, including the Family Health Care Center of Central Islip and the Riland Academic Health Care Center, which houses the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center



About NYIT
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 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, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit
About New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to training osteopathic physicians for a lifetime of learning and practice. The college provides a continuum of educational experiences, including pre-medical education, medical education, clinical clerkships, and post-graduate (residency) training. Faculty research areas include heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, health benefits of osteopathic manual treatment, kidney disease, and sports medicine. The school’s educational consortium is one of the largest dedicated to providing quality postdoctoral education. To date, more than 6,000 graduates practice in 48 U.S. states and 11 countries.


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