Resolution J741-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 14-20, 2013, as Osteopathic Medicine Week in the State of New York

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  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 14-20, 2013, as Osteopathic Medicine Week in the State of
New York, in conjunction with National Osteopathic Medicine Week

WHEREAS, There are currently more than  100,000  osteopathic  physicians
(DOs) and osteopathic medical students in the United States; this figure
includes a growing number of women and minorities; and
  WHEREAS,  DOs  have  made  tremendous  accomplishments to the American
health care system since osteopathic medicine was  developed  by  Andrew
Taylor Still, MD, DO, in 1874; and
  WHEREAS,  DOs  have  treated  U.S.  presidents  and  Olympic athletes;
contributed to the fight against AIDS and the fight  for  civil  rights;
and served on nationwide health care panels; and
  WHEREAS,  DOs are fully-licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in
all specialty areas of medicine, including primary care, specialty care,
preventive  medicine,  diagnoses  and  the  appropriate  use  of  drugs,
surgery, manipulation and hospital referral; and
  WHEREAS,  Close  to 10% of all patient visits in the United States are
to osteopathic physicians; and
  WHEREAS, New York State has approximately 5,000  licensed  osteopathic
physicians,  representing  the fifth largest osteopathic physician popu-
lation in the country; many of these physicians practice  in  rural  and
urban medically underserved areas; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  State has two colleges of osteopathic medicine --
The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medi-
cine in Old Westbury, and the Touro College of Osteopathic  Medicine-New
York,  in  Harlem -- both of which train students who enter primary care
specialties in numbers well above the national average; and
  WHEREAS, Osteopathic physicians deserve acknowledgment  for  providing
high-quality,  comprehensive  care to New Yorkers across our state; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 14-20, 2013, as
Osteopathic Medicine Week in the State of New York, in conjunction  with
National Osteopathic Medicine Week and to pay tribute to the osteopathic
physicians of this great Empire State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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