Touro DO Students Visit Albany

Date: April 26, 2012
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On April 17, the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOM) brought close to 100 DOs and osteopathic medical students to the state capitol for “DO Day in Albany.” Pictured are students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), in Harlem, who participated in the event.

DO Day was held in conjunction with “National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week,” and “Osteopathic Medicine Week in the State of New York,” proclaimed by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for the third consecutive year. Students sat in on sessions held by the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate.

During the Senate session, Sen. Toby Stavisky of Queens, N.Y., lauded the osteopathic profession for "filling a need" in New York. Sen. Stavisky, along with Long Island Assemblywoman Michele Schimel, sponsored the day's event. Both made time to address DO Day participants at an afternoon gathering.

Throughout the day, participants visited their state legislators, reminding elected officials that DOs are filling a primary care need in New York and throughout the country. They spoke about osteopathic medicine and NYSOMS' legislative agenda, which includes support of meaningful liability reform, truth in advertising and collective negotiations between health care providers and insurers. In his proclamation, Gov. Cuomo noted there are approximately 100,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students in the United States, including a growing number of women and minorities; and approximately 5,000 licensed osteopathic physicians in New York, which represents the sixth largest osteopathic physician population in the U.S.