June 26, 2015

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Dr. Stephen Bell appointed to Opioid Task force

Congratulations to Stephen R. Bell, D.O. on his recent appointment to Governor Rick Snyder's Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force!

On Jun. 18, Governor Snyder announced the creation of a new task force to address the problem of prescription drug and opioid abuse.  

The task force, chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, looks to solve the issue with prescription drug and opioid abuse prevention and addiction treatment. 

The force consists of government officials, health professionals, and law enforcement officers. Be sure to watch for news on the task force in future issues of the MOA Pulse!

To learn more about the Task Force, click HERE
The MOA and Opioid Abuse

The problem of opioid abuse is making headlines in Michigan this week and the MOA is hard at work on the issue. We have assembled an Ad Hoc committee on Opioids Abuse to develop practical strategies and recommendations to address the crisis facing our communities.


The 116th Annual Spring Scientific Convention featured Pain Management sessions. The sessions were videotaped and are available on the MOA YouTube channel. To access the videos, click HERE

American Osteopathic Association 
Accepting Research Abstracts

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is accepting research abstracts for their poster session and student poster competition. Compete for publication in the poster session/competition to share research with a broader audience. Abstracts that are approved will be published on the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) website.

Deadline for submission Aug. 10, 2015.

For the Poster Session Submission, click HERE

MHA Keystone Center Launches Pain Management Collaborative

We are in the midst of an opioids crisis. Opioid analgesics rank among the drugs most frequently associated with adverse drug events, and data shows that significant morbidity and mortality result from inappropriate management of pain. Specific causes of concern include overuse of opiates, lack of multi-modal therapies, lack of risk stratification and insufficient monitoring of at-risk patients. 


Quality of pain management varies greatly among hospitals in the United States, yet pain control is the key driver determining overall satisfaction with inpatient care. In addition to satisfaction, pain affects quality of care and patient safety. Inappropriate treatment can result in confusion, respiratory depression, sedation, constipation, urinary retention and death. Each of these opioid-related adverse events results in higher hospital costs, prolonged lengths of stay and substantial healthcare resource usage.


The concerns for patient safety have been reiterated frequently by Michigan hospitals and lawmakers. In response, the MHA Keystone Center has developed a new collaborative, MHA Keystone: Pain Management. This collaborative aims to reduce opioid-related adverse events, improve appropriate pain management, decrease the usage of opiates statewide and enhance patient expectation management. 


MHA Keystone: Pain Management is open to all Michigan hospitals, and physicians play a key role in the collaborative's success. Hospitals may enroll (click HERE)in MHA Keystone: Pain Management until July 30. For more information on commitments and metrics, click HERE or email Michelle Norcross at the MHA Keystone Center.


GR2015: Autumn Scientific Convention

This fall, the Michigan Osteopathic Association will return to beautiful Grand Rapids for the 2015 Autumn Scientific Convention
The event will be held November 6-8, at the Amway Grand Plaza. 
For more information click HERE

Exhibitor registration is open! For more information, click HERE.

Motion Style Acupuncture Treatment (MSAT)
Lecture and Presentation 

Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), in conjunction with the Michigan
State University Institute of International Health (MSU IIH), are offering a lecture on Oriental Medicine and OMM at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Korean physician Joon-shik Shin, PhD, K.M.D. (Korean Medicine Doctor). 

For more information and to register, click HERE
NMOA Conference in Mackinac Island 

Mackinac Island - Last Week, the Northern Michigan Osteopathic Association (NMOA), held its 2015 Annual Summer Conference at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, MI. The Conference was an opportunity for D.O.s of Northern Michigan to meet and present on various topics relating to the Osteopathic

The conference lasted four days and the turnout was tremendous. Over 130 people registered for the Conference and there was a record breaking number of exhibitors present.

One highlight of the conference was Dean William Strampel, D.O.'s presentation on the history of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Strampel is the dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and it was his first time presenting at the NMOA conference. 

"I sincerely believe that it is very important for us to educate our younger generations - and remind those who've been around longer - about the very unique history of our profession," Strampel said. "I like to take advantage of events like the NMOA summer conference to not only reconnect with MOA members and our alumni, but to also talk about where we've been, what we've done and what we have to look forward to in the future for osteopathic physicians."

Next year's NMOA conference has already been set for June 16th - 19th at the Mission Point Resort. If you are interested in attending, you can contact Kristy Kenyon for more details at KKenyon@mi-osteopathic.org.
MOA's Social Media Reach Keeps Growing

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) relies on various communication sources to keep connected to our members and their communities. We have recently revised our website (mi-osteopathic.org) to display our latest Tweets on Twitter. There is no need for a Twitter account and it's a good way to keep up on the issues we are covering with DO's, our partner organizations and the over 1,100 followers of @MichiganDOs. 

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In Memoriam 

May 14 of 2015 saw the passing of Gordon A. McClimans, D.O.

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click HERE.
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) News!
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