Orientation: Welcome Class of 2016!

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By: Joshua Feldman, OMS-II

This past week was filled with nostalgia for me, a second year medical student here at NYCOM, observing the newest additions to the student body. It is no surprise that many of the students’ first feelings, along with first-week-jitters, were genuine enthusiasm and excitement for their coming endeavors. On Friday, August 17th, three hundred and twenty-seven future physicians turned the first page of a new chapter in their lives. Together, they will begin this rewarding journey of learning and care giving at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Class of 2016.

In order to transition our new colleagues, many of whom come from very different walks of life, into medical school and assist them in balancing both their academic and personal lives, NYCOM and the SGA chairs put together a myriad of resources to acclimate the new students. From professional talks by President of NYIT, Edward Guiliano and Acting Dean, Barbara Ross Lee, to fun skits by the student body and a helpful Big Brother/ Big Sister program, the class of 2016 got an integrated orientation program.

The theme behind orientation this past week and in years past has been to portray what it means to be an excellent physician. The goal at NYCOM is to foster physicians who embody virtues necessary to carry the title of “Dr.”, with the insight and knowledge of Osteopathic principles.  Professionalism, compassion, and dedication were amongst the most important values discussed over the two-day program.

On Monday, I had the pleasure of meeting a number of enthusiastic students who were sitting exactly where I was just one short year ago. Jared Kafer, OMS I, from Avon, Connecticut joined me on the quad for lunch and expressed his gratitude for orientation, “Everyone has made me feel really welcome and excited about starting school. Many of the students who have come in nervous have had their concerns put to rest and replaced with feelings of enthusiasm, by both faculty and senior students.”

I also came across Neel Kachalia, OMS I, from Commack, New York, who was in high spirits after the day’s ice-breakers and activities. “I’ve met a lot of great people here and I look forward to what the year has to offer. I think I am going to enjoy being a part of the NYCOM community.”

At the end of the day, I felt good about the way our class leadership has eased the transition for the Class of 2016. As I walked from the Quad, I was reminded of why I chose NYCOM to complete my medical training and the confidence I had in our institution.

 

Welcome Class of 2016!

 

Dear Class of 2016,

Congratulations and welcome to the 2012-2013 academic year at NYCOM, student-doctors! We are very excited to have you, the 34th entering class, join us and we look forward to working with all of you in the coming months. The year is already off to a sensational start as the Class of 2013 begins various showcasing rotations for potential residency spots. The Class of 2014 just took Level 1 of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) in June and recently completed the summer Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course, which prepared students for when they began rotations on July 31st. The second year class is already one week into their Cardiovascular and Respiratory system courses and is hard at work creating fun and fulfilling events as your organization officers this year. And of course, best of luck to all of you as you finish orientation and gear up for Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine!

The summer has been a busy one as administrators, faculty members, and students prepared for the new academic year. Continuous communication through venues such as Course Faculty Assessments (CFA), Curriculum Committee meetings, and Faculty- Student Post Course meetings have led to various enhancements in both the Lecture- Discussion Based and Doctor- Patient Continuum curricula. Several important resources such as the medical library, technologies, and general campus facilities are also being upgraded- these changes will only help to enhance the overall student experience here at NYCOM.

The Student Government Association (SGA), which includes all the SGA Officers, Class Officers, SGA Committee Representatives, and Organization Officers, have been working diligently throughout the summer preparing exciting and unique opportunities that serve the personal and professional interests of all our students. These student leaders organize events on the local level to enhance the camaraderie and reputation of our institution as well as travel to various conferences where they team up and share ideas with leaders from medical schools throughout the country. Thus, the mission of the SGA is to represent NYCOM New York College of the National level, empower the student body, motivate the student body, faculty, and administration to achieve excellence, and communicate a common vision for the school community.

The transition into your first year of medical school may be difficult, but never feel that you are alone as you begin this new phase of your education. Your administrators, faculty, students from the 2013-2015 classes, and alumni are invaluable resources who are always happy and willing to help you along the way.

We wish you every success as you begin your incredible journey to become proficient osteopathic physicians at NYCOM!

Your 2012-2013 SGA Executive Board

Farzan, Eric, Marwah, Renata, Aileen, and Robert