Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) of New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury has launched an accelerated family medicine curriculum, aided by a five-year $950,000 federal grant.
Beginning next June, NYCOM will enroll up to Enrollees will serve their third-year rotations at their residency sites, which fan across underserved urban, rural and suburban New York.
“We are shortening the pipeline to medical practice, reducing student indebtedness by eliminating a year of medical school, and putting trainees in areas where physicians are needed,” says Thomas A. Scandalis, DO, NYCOM’s dean.
NYCOM’s director of clerkship education, Leonard B. Goldstein, DDS, PhD, expects that careful screening will help ensure student retention in the accelerated family medicine curriculum.Because of the demands of the accelerated program, only NYCOM students who are in the top half of their class during their first year and who scored at least a 27 on the Medical College Admission Test will be considered potential candidates. Students enrolled in either of NYCOM’s curricular optionslecture-based or problem-based learningcan apply to the accelerated program. Candidates will need to provide a personal statement expressing their interest in family medicine and complete a questionnaire that will help determine whether their interests and attitudes mesh with family medicine. The prospects will be interviewed by NYCOM faculty and administrators and by clinical faculty at the training sites. Selected students will begin During the regular academic year, they will follow the same curriculum as other NYCOM students in the lecture-based or problem-based learning tracks. But accelerated students will also serve In the spring of their second year, students in the accelerated program will participate in a “mini match” and be assigned to one of several training sites throughout New York state. The students will begin their rotations at their assigned site in June, immediately after their second year. Finishing all of their clinical rotations in the third year, the students will serve the following four-week clerkships consecutively: