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					New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) at NYIT Awarded $1
Million Federal Grant
Funds support under-served populations
Old Westbury, N.Y. (Vocus) March 22, 2010 -- New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) at NYIT
announced programs now underway in connection with a three-year, $1 million Health Careers Opportunity
Program (HCOP) grant awarded in September 2009 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA).

 The overall project targets disadvantaged students, beginning as early as high school, who are interested in
medical and health careers by offering enrichment and skill-building activities, assisting with college and
financial aid applications, and facilitating entry into medical schools. It is also serving to increase the primary care
clinical preceptorships available to NYCOM students in clinical practices that have been identified as providing
culturally competent primary care to vulnerable populations.

 “The initial implementation phase of this opportunity grant program has been an exciting and rewarding
experience,” said Mary Ann Achtziger, NYCOM associate dean of student affairs. “We look forward to
expanding and implementing all phases of our HCOP grant programs during the next three years.”

 The following grant objectives have been achieved to date:
 • The Achievers into Medicine Program (AIM) has been established for undergraduate NYIT students who
meet specific criteria and are interested in pursuing a career in the medical profession. AIM offers a series of
workshops including MCAT practice sessions, study skills, and test-taking/time management workshops for
prospective doctors of osteopathic medicine.

 • Primary Care Exposure: NYCOM has established additional third- and fourth-year sites to promote placement
of students in underserved areas including:
 - Capital Health System (Trenton, N.J.) – third-year core rotations in medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, psychiatry,
and family medicine
 - Peconic Bay Medical Center (Riverhead, N.Y.) – third-year core rotations in medicine, family medicine, and
general medicine
 - Trinitas Hospital (Elizabeth, N.J.) – third-year core rotations in medicine, OB/GYN, and psychiatry, and
fourth-year rotations in general medicine and emergency medicine
 - Flushing Medical Center (Queens, N.Y.) – third-year core psychiatry
 - St. Mary’s Hospital (Bayside, N.Y.) – fourth-year developmental pediatrics

• New Third-year Core Clerkship Positions Beginning August 2010:
- Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow, N.Y.) – family medicine
- Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (Brooklyn N.Y.) – OB/GYN
- The Institute for Family Health (Kingston, N.Y.) - OB/GYN

 About NYIT
 NYIT is the college of choice for more than 15,000 students enrolled in more than 90 specialized courses of
study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in academic areas such as architecture and
design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and

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osteopathic medicine. As a private, nonprofit, independent institution of higher learning, NYIT embraces an
educational philosophy of career-oriented professional education for all qualified students and supports
applications-oriented research to benefit the greater global community. Students attend classes at NYIT’s
campuses in Manhattan and Long Island, as well as online and in a number of programs throughout the world. To
date, more than 81,500 alumni have earned degrees at NYIT. For more information, visit www.nyit.edu.

Contact:
Briana Samuels
Communications Specialist
646.273.6022

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