Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can 4 years of medical education be accelerated to 3 years and still produce value-added enhancememnts for medical students??
The Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum is founded on the commitment that its students make after their first year of medical training to prepare for a specialty in the field of family medicine. In traditional medical school programs, a large portion of the required hospital clerkships in years 3 and 4 are offered primarily to provide experience that will help students decide on a residency specialty after graduation. When students make a commitment to family medicine after year 1, several of these clerkships can be truncated into a fewer number and the time for a complete medical education can be accelerated from four years to three. In addition, the early commitment to specialize in family medicine allows the program to provide “value-added longitudinal experiences” that enhance students’ experiences in their chosen specialty. This also provides them with additional skills and experiences as they enter hospital residencies after graduation.

Q: What is Osteopathic Medicine?
A: A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques in conjunction with conventional medical, surgical, pharmacological, and other therapeutic procedures.

Q: What is the difference between osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and allopathic medicine (M.D.)?
A: D.O.'s practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they assess the overall health of their patients including home and work environments. D.O.'s also receive training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage the body's natural tendency toward good health.

Q: What is family medicine as a specialty?
A: Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. . . At the center of this process is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties.

"If you’re coming into this program, and you want to learn how to work with patients and gain your competencies quickly, you’re going to really get a fast-track exposure."

Dr. Anthony Errichetti
Chief of Virtual Medicine
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine


"The value added components of the accelerated DO/Family Medicine Residency Continuum includes some additional course work throughout the curriculum that makes it possible for you do medical school in three years instead of four. The value-added components start between the first and second years of medical school with a 10-week course that allows you to expand your knowledge of the scope and practice of what family medicine is. It continues on into the second year where you’ll have additional training with the family practice residency faculty in the clinic, as well as being able to do some case-based experiences through out the year."

Dr. William Blazey
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

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