Why Accelerate?

The Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum is part of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine’s continuing response to America’s overwhelming healthcare needs. As an osteopathic medical school, our concerns include the highest level of physician training but also the needs of the family, the community, and the nation as a whole.

With passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) of 2010, and its validation by the Supreme Court in 2012, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has declared that “there will be real physician shortages if we don’t do more to lift the residency cap. People on both sides of the aisle have realized the need to train more doctors” (AAMC, April, 2011). The New York Times recently reported that the new law will extend insurance coverage for the first time to more than 300,000 additional people the moment it goes into effect in 2014. “In 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000” (New York Times, July 28, 2012).

In response to this emerging healthcare crisis, the College of Osteopathic Medicine requested and received a five-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop a path breaking approach to medical education that would help to produce more of the kinds of physicians most in need (specialists in family medicine), committed to serving in the areas of greatest need (rural and inner city environments), in an accelerated time-frame (three years instead of four). These are the goals and the reasons for the Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum.


Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee
Vice President for Health Affairs
New York Institute of Technology
"The program is an opportunity for us to be able to address some of the big issues that confront medicine today. One of the primary benefits for students is that it does decrease the cost of tuition for a medical education. I hope that each of you as future physicians will see this as an opportunity—an opportunity to become a specialist in this country that is direly needed, and certainly one in which you will have a full continuum of medical education and do it in a very efficient manner."

Dr. Nancy Bono
Chair of Family Medicine
College of Osteopathic Medicine
"The reason why I’m so intrigued about this accelerated program is because by one year we get more family physicians into the workforce. Once we have these family physicians into the workforce, you are seeing patients, you are decreasing your loan payments by one year, and honestly, there is such a need for family physicians.

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