Diane Becker, D.O., joined NYITCOM’s full-time Family Medicine faculty in 2018 and has been involved with the medical school’s Doctor-Patient Relations (DPR) course since 1998, having previously served as an adjunct faculty member.
Becker graduated from NYITCOM (formerly NYCOM) in 1989, and subsequently trained in a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Stony Brook Medical Center. Her strong interest in holistic medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) led her to create a holistic primary care/OMM practice, where she worked as a solo practitioner until 2018.
At NYITCOM, her work is divided among clinical teaching in the DPR 1 and 2 courses, supervising students in the Central Islip and Harlem Community Free Clinics, and mentoring future physicians in the student-run Forensic Asylum Clinic, which is the first asylum clinic at a Long Island medical school. The clinic offers medical students early exposure to patient care before they begin third and fourth-year rotations, allowing students to perform detailed exams on patient history and physical documentation of torture or other maltreatment of individuals who have applied for asylum in the U.S.
Becker is also a participating faculty member in the Center for Global Health at New York Tech, where she teaches and travels with medical students to Ghana as part of the coursework for the Global Health Certificate program. The Ghana trip is offered to medical students during the summer following their first year and exposes them to a more global perspective on medical care, delivery, and cultural diversity.
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- Doctor Patient Relationship I and II
- Global Health