February 13, 2015

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MSAE Legislative Conference

The Michigan Osteopathic Association participated in the annual Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Legislative and Public Policy Conference Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The event featured Michigan Governor Rick Snyder outlining his "River of Opportunity" strategic plan. 


While all discussion panels were engaging, a favorite of conference attendees was the Quadrant Leaders session. Legislators participated in a moderated discussion regarding legislative agendas, steps being taken to work in a bipartisan fashion with a new legislature, and how associations can assist with legislative priorities. 


The MOA was proud to be a leader in the planning committee and we would like to thank the MSAE for hosting a great event. 

MOA President Dr. Myral Robbins had the honor of introducing the keynote speaker, Gov. Rick Snyder 
House Health Policy Committee: Dr. Bell Presents on Behalf of the MOA

Michigan Osteopathic Association's (MOA) Dr. Stephen Bell was well-received when he presented to the House Health Policy Committee on February 10. The hearing was a chance to share the MOA's position on community health issues as well as outline the role of the association and its partnership with the Michigan State university College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). A key topic was Michigan's physician shortage. Bell pointed to the fact that approximately two thirds of MSUCOM graduates remain in the state, practicing medicine in nearly every county in the state.  

  • In 2014, 83 percent of the entering class was comprised of Michigan residents
  • In 2014, 198 MSUCOM graduates entered SCS programs, and MSUCOM has the highest ratio of graduates to available GME slots among all osteopathic schools
  • MSUCOM provides an extensive graduate medical education system with 1.4 slots for every graduate at 47 partner hospitals across Michigan
  • MSUCOM has 1,272 osteopathic students statewide - Each year more than 400 first- and second-year students are taking classes in East Lansing, and about 100 each at the Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University Center
  • MSUCOM is addressing the physician shortage in Michigan - More than 300 osteopathic students graduate each year as part of a mandate to produce primary care physicians for the state
 "We are indeed lucky to have dedicated physicians who are willing to take a day out of their busy lives to support osteopathic medicine, medicine in general, and work to make our State a better place to live," said Dr. Edward "Ned" Canfield, State Rep. 84 Dist., and past MOA board member. 

We here at the MOA appreciate Dr. Bell taking the time to present on behalf of the association.
Registration is open! 
We hope to see you in Dearborn this May. 
If you have questions please feel free to contact :

Melissa Budd 
Phone: 517-347-1555

To register online, click here:  116th Annual Spring Convention
116th Annual Scientific Convention
Scientific Research Exhibit Contest
The 116th Annual Scientific Convention will once again feature a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) contest. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending-level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession.

The SRE event demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession's commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.

To view details and submit abstracts, click HERE

Member Discount Increased


The Doctor's Company has increased the MOA Membership discount to 5%. This means the average savings will more than cover MOA dues. 


The Doctors Company is the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, with 74,000 members and $4 billion in assets, and is rated A by A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings. The Doctors Company has been defending, protecting, and rewarding doctors for over 35 years and has the strength to protect its members now and in the future. Benefits for MOA members include:

For more information click HERE


February - March - April

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Michigan Senate legislation introduced since January 16:

SB 101: PAID SICK LEAVE (Ananich) Requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave. Requires employers to provide paid sick leave to certain employees; to specify the conditions for accruing and using paid sick leave; to prohibit retaliation against an employee for requesting, exercising, or enforcing rights granted in this act; to prescribe powers and duties of certain state departments, agencies, and officers; to provide for promulgation of rules; and to provide remedies and sanctions.


Michigan House introduced since January 16:
HB 4167: PAID SICK LEAVE (Chang) Requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave.

To research all legislative bills in Michigan, visit Michigan Votes
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Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association