New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York College of
Osteopathic Medicine
Established 1977
Type Private
Dean Thomas A. Scandalis, D.O.
Academic staff 350 (D.O., M.D. and Ph.D.)
Students 1220
Location Old Westbury, New York, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors           Blue and Gold

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) is the osteopathic medical college of the New York Institute of Technology located in Old Westbury, Long Island, NY. Established in 1977, NYCOM is one of only two accredited medical institutions in Nassau County, New York (The other being Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine). The College has clinical affiliations with multiple hospitals throughout Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Furthermore, NYCOM provides its alumni and other osteopathic medical graduates with residency and internship training opportunities through the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC). The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine also provides physicians educated in countries other than the United States the opportunity to obtain medical training in the United States through its Advanced Program for Emigre Physicians (APEP). After completion of the 4-year APEP program, physicians with foreign credentials receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and are able to apply to DO and MD residency match programs as American graduates.

NYCOM has the second largest total enrollment among osteopathic medical schools and third largest total enrollment among all medical schools (MD and DO) in the United States.

History and Founding of the College:

Nelson A. Rockefeller: 41st Vice-President of the United States, 49th Governor of New York State, and Co-Founder of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

The College was founded in 1977 through the efforts of Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, New York State Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and members of Rockefeller family. The College, granted accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association, was chartered under New York State law through very strong efforts by Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller. In 1978 Nelson Rockefeller contributed $250,000 to the college's general endowment fund and in 1979 Laurance S. Rockefeller contributed the same amount. The founding of NYCOM was strongly a result of the close friendship between Nelson Rockefeller and W. Kenneth Riland. Dr. Riland served as Mr. Rockefeller’s personal physician during his governorship of New York as well during his vice-presidency in the Ford administration. To honor the efforts and contributions of Gov. Rockefeller, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Academic Center (NYCOM I Building) was dedicated in 1979. The work of Dr. Philip F. Fleisher, first Dean of NYCOM and Dean for the next 16 years, was influential in the growth and success of the school. The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated its first class on June 11, 1981, awarding degrees to 26 men and eight women. The commencement exercises at the College were held on the athletic field of what was once the estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. The guest speaker, Dr. Theodore Cooper, former dean of Cornell University Medical College, warned of a new atmosphere where "a public is re-evaluating its opinion of physicians.' "The reverence for the doctor is beginning to wane," Dr. Cooper said. An honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, an osteopathic physician, who was then the chairman of the NYCOM Board of Governors. Dr. Riland was honored for being a "prime mover" in the establishment of the College. The W. Kenneth Riland Academic Health Care Center (NYCOM II Building), completed in 1984, stands on the campus, a working clinic as well as a teaching hospital -- "a living memorial," in the words of NYIT President Matthew Schure.

To ensure adequate space for a growing medical college as well as to provide students access to new technologies, the Hannah and Charles Serota Academic Center (NYCOM III Building) began construction in 1999. In 2001, students and faculty began to utilize the building for Basic and Pre-Clinical Science lectures, as well as the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Laboratory.

Degrees Offered:

W. Kenneth Riland, D.O. Academic Health Care Center (NYCOM II Building): Housing the primary care clinic, study rooms, cafeteria and Gross Anatomy/Neuroanatomy Laboratories.
Hannah and Charles Serota Academic Center (NYCOM III Building): Housing the Office of Pre-Clinical Sciences, Office of Clinical Sciences, Office of Admissions, OMM Laboratory, Office of the Registrar, various administrative offices and 2 large amphitheater lecture halls used for basic science and pre-clinical science lectures.
Affiliated Hospitals
NYCOM/Academic Health Care Center
NYCOM/Central Islip (NYIT Campus)
Bassett Healthcare
Benedictine Hospital
Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
Brooklyn Hospital Center
Brunswick Hospital Center
Clara Maass Medical Center
Coney Island Hospital
Danbury Hospital
Frankford Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (West Islip, NY)
Griffin Hospital
Holliswood Hospital
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Jersey City Medical Center
Long Beach Medical Center
Lutheran Medical Center
Maimonides Medical Center
Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute
Mountainside Family Medicine
Nassau University Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
North Shore University Hospital- The Sandra Atlas Bass Campus
Long Island Jewish Medical Center (Surgery)
Forest Hills Hospital
Plainview Hospital
Zucker Hillside Hospital (Psychiatry)
Northern Dutchess Hospital
Overlook Hospital
Peninsula Hospital Center
Queens Hospital Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center (NJ)
Sisters Hospital
St. Barbabas Hospital (Bronx)
St. Luke's Cornwall
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Southhampton Hospital
St. Clare's Hospital
St. Vincent's Midtown
Union Hospital
Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

Notable Alumni:

Richard Jadick, D.O. - Naval surgeon credited for saving the lives of 30 marines and sailors during the Second Battle of Fallujah, earning him the Bronze Star

Steve Salvatore, D.O. - Medical Correspondent for WPIX, previously medical correspondent for CNN. Dr. Salvatore now has his own daytime talk show:

Humayun Chaudhry, D.O. - President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards


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