Research at NYITCOM

Research at NYITCOM

An Environment of Discovery

Our research and development efforts at NYITCOM are on an impressive trajectory, as we continue to:

  • recruit top-level, research-intensive faculty from around the globe.
  • solidify our infrastructure with new state-of-the art technology and research equipment.
  • receive grants from such prestigious funding agencies as:

    • National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation
    • Michael J. Fox Foundation
    • American Heart Association
    • American Diabetes Association

NYITCOM student and faculty researchers present their important findings at major national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals.

Student Research Opportunities

Our students are actively involved in the college’s leading-edge research through fellowships, summer research programs, and the faculty-student mentoring program. In addition, through the Advanced Research Core, undergraduate students participate in NYITCOM research projects.

Current Research     

Research activities at NYITCOM encompass a range of areas—from basic biology, clinical medicine, and patient outcomes to health policy, global health, and medical education. Find out more about ongoing NYITCOM research in:

View the comprehensive list of research at NYITCOM:


Health Literacy and Diabetes

Examines the effect of race, level of education, and health literacy as it relates to Type II diabetes among patients suffering from this condition.

Primary investigator: Karen Sheflin, D.O.


Diabetes and Health Habits

Examines the effect of access to accurate information on diabetic patients’ health habits.

Primary investigator: Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O.


Reliability of Palpation

Studies the impact of inter-operator reliability on assessment of diagnostic palpation in practicing osteopathic physicians.

Primary investigator: Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O.


Health Awareness

Researches the physician’s role in developing patient awareness and knowledge base related to the health implications of obesity, particularly with respect to physical activity and eating habits.

Primary investigator: Patricia Happel, D.O.


Nutrition and Global Health

Studies how access to nutritional information for children in Ghana villages impacts their health.

Primary investigator: Deborah Lardner, D.O.


Physician Risk Assessment Knowledge  Regarding Cancer Genetics Testing

Examines the adherence patterns of primary care physicians as it relates to clinical practice guidelines for breast and cervical cancer screening, including the effect of informational materials.

Primary investigator: Brookshield Laurent, D.O.


Interprofessional Health Education in Global Health and its Impact on Medical Education

Examines the impact of global health experiences on medical student education and their competency in tropical environments.

Primary investigator: William Blazey, D.O.


Genetic Testing in the Primary Care Setting

Studies the role of genetic testing in primary care settings and the competence of medical providers in offering these tests.

Primary investigator: William Blazey, D.O.


Effects of Ultrasound Imaging on Student Learning of Shoulder Anatomy and Landmarks

An educational research study looking at the efficacy of using musculoskeletal ultrasound to improve osteopathic medical student’s ability to palpate bony landmarks.

Primary investigator: Michael Terzella, D.O.


Ultrasound (US) as an Objective Measure for Assessment of Cervical Dysfunctions

and the Effect of Cervical High Velocity Low Amplitude

Palpatory assessment and diagnosis of the body is fundamental to osteopathic medical education and may be improved by ultrasonographic imaging. This study investigates the use of US as an instrument to assess cervical spine rotational preference as a component of somatic dysfunctions and to establish the validity of cervical segmental rotatory motion testing.

Primary investigator: Theodore Flaum, D.O.