Dear Alumna, Dear Alumnus!
An earlier publication about the scientific underpinnings of osteopathic medicine had the above ‘line’ as an overarching motto. The goal was to show that nothing that we do in medicine – and osteopathic manual medicine, in particular – stands alone or occurs in isolation.
In my role as the incoming Dean, the fifth Dean of NYCOM (to all of you), recently expanded to NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, I want to connect with YOU, and I see one of my roles as Dean to serve as a true CONNECTOR.
"Connecting” with its roots in Latin – com- "together" + nectere "to bind, to tie" means exactly this: to bind or join together. The term nexus then embodies this connection altogether forming a bond, a link that serves as means of communication.
In the next few months we will be making special efforts to reach out and connect with the more than 5,700 NYCOM alumni through special events and programs such as the recent CME Program for OMM held on March 5, 2013. It was a truly special event! Through innovations in technology we were able to give a flavor of what we can do to make such programs appealing and worthwhile – all through the combination of online resources such as videos, photo-demonstrations and easy-to-read materials and the hands-over-hands instruction in the OMM lab.
We want to lead with INNOVATION and through thoughtful infusion of osteopathic thinking and practice. As the new school motto states (by Will Perillo,class of 2016), we want to develop the “hands, minds, and hearts of tomorrow’s physicians." It was the Alumni Board – you - that selected the winning entry out of five finalist submissions.
We cannot move forward alone; nothing happens in a vacuum. The Osteopathic Medical College needs your support and yes – through rekindling old and making new connections, we all know that we can create a “whole” that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Indeed many of us believe that the osteopathic physician is quickly becoming the physician of the future. Part of the new future is embodied in the recent name change for the College: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine gives a broadened and integrated identity, an identity that says that we are not stagnant, we are moving forward rather than holding on to a status quo, and one that is supported by our mother institution.
Going with the times and technological developments, future alumni communications will be via the electronic format. I am sure that with good content and meaningful updates we contribute to furthering true dialogue.
Stay tuned and let us know what we can do to connect and be connected.
Engagement – the next new ‘big word” in medicine? Maybe, but that’s the topic for another issue.
For today, let me conclude by saying:
Connections count. It’s in our hands to do so.
Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., FAAPMR