Barbara Capozzi, DO
Dr. Capozzi’s 25 years of professional experience spans the entire continuum of osteopathic medical education including preclinical, clinical, graduate medical education (GME) and continuing medical education (CME). In the realm of interprofessional education, she had teaching roles in numerous programs, including physician assistant, nursing, undergraduate nutrition and public health. Dr. Capozzi was a founding faculty member of TouroCOM Harlem in 2007. She originally served as coordinator for Physical Diagnosis, and subsequently as course director and coordinator for the Clinical Systems course, as well as an overall core course faculty member in the Department of Primary Care.
Most recently, she served as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at the NY Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in Old Westbury, NY, before rejoining TouroCOM. In this capacity, she directed the NYITCOM clinical clerkship program for over 600 clinical students at 40 affiliate sites with responsibility for over 5,000 annual clinical clerkship assignments.
A highlight of her role, in conjunction with a curricular restructuring of core 3rd year clerkships, she spearheaded a unique collaboration with a major clinical affiliate to develop and implement a novel online, course for 3rd year students. Its purpose was to facilitate their transition to clinical education and bridge knowledge gaps in common content areas such as patient safety, Q/I, population health, EMR and healthcare systems –all essential for current clinical practice.
Dr. Capozzi serves as board member for the NY Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Education Consortium (NYCOMEC), the joint GME consortium for NYITCOM and TouroCOM, NY. She collaborated in the development of a Healthcare Leadership Certificate Program for clinical affiliates, and provided presentations on various leadership topics at local, state, and national conferences.
In addition to active service on major school wide committees, Dr. Capozzi is also a member of the board of directors of the NY State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) and was president of the NYS Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Dr. Capozzi is National Faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
She is passionate about teaching and leadership, and receives great joy watching her students succeed. She is particularly enthusiastic to serve in her new role as the Clinical Dean for TouroCOM Harlem.
In 2019, Dr. Capozzi was selected to participate in the Touro College Academy of Leadership and Management (TCALM), through which she intends to enhance her leadership skills by capitalizing on her natural collaborative working style. She looks forward to sharing skills learned with entire Clinical Education Department and TouroCOM, to foster the nurturing existing affiliates and concurrently develop new clinical affiliates. She aspires to continue to grow as a mentor for students and faculty, and to demonstrate her collaborative leadership style to ultimately enhance staff development and overall excellence.
Dr. Capozzi is a graduate of the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in family medicine and is board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, as well as a diplomate of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). She is also a board certified nutrition specialist (CNS). As part of her commitment to lifelong learning, Dr. Capozzi completed a Mini-Fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at the NY Academy of Medicine, as well as a Mini- Fellowship in Geriatric Medical Education and Career Development at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Capozzi has co-authored several publications, in peer reviewed journals, and was a contributor to books and book chapters. Her original research at TouroCOM, in which she collaborated with students, focused on Smoking Cessation Counseling, and was presented at the AMWA national conference.
She is proud to have been invited to present at various venues on leadership, self-awareness, feedback in medical education, communication skills, and nutrition and geriatrics at a local hospital GME and CME programs, grand rounds, and other local, state, national and international conferences.
Academic and Professional Honors
President's Award, New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, (NYSOMS), 2018
Leader of the Profession, New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, (NYSOMS), 2018
Leadership Award, NYS Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, (ACOFP), 2016
Teacher of the Year, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2010 - 2011
Dr. Capozzi’s professional interests include clinical education curriculum development, evaluation systems, faculty development, interprofessional education, and collaborative leadership training. She continually strives to improve her self-awareness while practicing mindfulness.