November 13, 2015 - The DO Family Newsletter  
Record Attendance for 2015 Autumn Convention  
Grand Rapids, MI -The 11th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention saw a record number of attendees as the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) once again visited Grand Rapids. "Attendance keeps growing and the feedback was great," said CME Coordinator, Melissa Budd. Session topics ranged from opioids to pediatric headaches. An early morning program on Sunday featured Korean Medicine Approach to Musculoskeletal Disorders from world renowned physician, Joon-shik Shin, PhD, K.M.D., from the Jaseng Medical Group in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Shin demonstrated his technique in a packed room at the Amway
Grand Hotel.
The exhibitor hall buzzed as attendees mingled with a variety of presenters. An obvious highlight was the U.S. Army demonstration of the amazing technology used in the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) units. A DRASH unit is a quick-erect tent system that combines state-of-the-art technology with mobility and the fully-assembled version attracted attendees to the demonstration. "The DRASH was a huge success. It generated a lot of interest and conversation on Army Medicine," said Kimberly Sugg, Major, RN, MSN, MBA and US Army Health Care Counselor.
The Autumn Scientific Convention has grown in numbers each year and the Grand Rapids area has been a wonderful host. We would like to thank Experience GR for assisting the MOA in sharing all the wonderful attractions the city has to offer.

Science Research Exhibit Winners Announced
Grand Rapids, MI - The winners of the Science Research Exhibits (SRE) awere announced on Saturday at the Autumn Scientific Convention. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) hosts a SRE competition twice a year.

These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research. The SRE program demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession's commitment to the advancement of science.

Case Reports:
First Place-Shaiva Ginoya, DO (Warren, MI)  $200
Second Place-Kevin Valvano, DO (Lansing, MI) $100
Second Place -Krishna Meka, DO (Warren, MI) $100
First-Kelly Flynn, DO (Spring Lake, MI) $500
Second Place-Susan Jevert, DO (Kalamazoo, MI) $300  

We would like to thank our judges for volunteering: R.Taylor Scott, DO, James E. Clinton, DO, FACP and John E. Bodell, DO, FACOS.
"The quality of the presentations and enthusiasm of the participants was inspirational to see," said Dr. Scott. "I hope word will spread about what a great experience the participants had and this component will continue to grow in the future."

The 117th Annual Spring Convention will be held May 12-15, 2016, in Dearborn, Michigan and will once again feature an SRE event. Click HERE for more details. 
Convention Featured #DOFamily Team Tweeters
The 11th Annual Scientific Convention saw an increase the amount of social media used to connect with attendees and the public audience. Joining the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) communications team was a group of volunteer "Tweeters." Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) students, and MOA Student Liaisons, Michael Doherty, Benjamin Glines and Duncan McGuire were led by Ryan Christensen, DO, as Team Twitter. "Twitter allows real time conversations with our members and people outside of our convention walls to feel like they are a part of the program and can engage in the discussions from outside of the four walls" explained Christensen.

The group utilized hashtags such as #DOFamily, #DOproud and #DoctorsthatDO to connect to the smartphone crowd. The effort was a success as the number of retweets, "Likes" and followers expanded. For those of you who have avoided Twitter, have no fear. Simply visit the MOA website: and you can view a list of the most recent Tweets right on the main page.

For those of you who are on Twitter please follow us at: @MichiganDOs
Dr. Gary Roth, New Role as Chief Medical Officer for MHA

Nov 9 - The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) has announced Gary Roth, DO, has accepted the newly created position of chief medical officer of the MHA. Roth's new full-time position will assist in meeting the long-term objectives of the MHA Board of Trustees to strengthen the association's engagement with physicians and organized medicine. We would like to congratulate Dr. Roth on his new position and congratulate the MHA in gaining a CMO with the experience Dr. Roth has to offer.
MOA Hosts Legislative Lunch for MSUCOM Students

Nov 5, East Lansing, MI - The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) hosted a Legislative Update featuring MOA Consultant on Governmental Affairs, Kevin McKinney. The event invites students of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) to lunch and a presentation on legislative issue facing our members. The
campuses of MSUCOM hosted the event as McKinney's presentation and discussion from Fee Hall on the MSU campus was broadcast to the MSUCOM campuses at their Macomb and Detroit Medical Center locations. Students were able to ask questions via the videoconferencing technology. The turnout was amazing. The annual event attracted record number of attendees at all locations.
McKinney has more than thirty years of experience in the legislative and political process. Having worked for the Senate Majority Leader and Minority Leader for seven years in a variety of positions, including staff director and committee aide to the Senate Administration and Rules Committee, McKinney is one of the most seasoned governmental affairs persons in Lansing. He quickly brought the students up-to-speed with the current legislative issues and offered his opinion on the potential in regards to what bills will become law on several issues.
McKinney impressed upon the students the importance of being active in political affairs. "Physician engagement is absolutely crucial for the upcoming 2016 elections" said McKinney "With approximately 1/3 of Michigan Legislative seats in play, the stakes are high." McKinney's message resonated with the group. The question and answer session with the students ran overtime as McKinney fielded questions on various issues, dismantling the stereotype of the disengaged student. The MOA values the connection with the DO's of the future and this event illustrated the strength of that connection.
AOA Launches New Campaign- DoctorsThatDO

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has launched a new awareness campaign relied on research that examined the current consumer attitudes and opinions on health care and osteopathic medicine, and what patients are looking for in a physician. The result is a "Doctors That DO" campaign featuring a website (, a multi-faceted advertising campaign with ads in national publications, a social media blitz and web-based ads on a number of national sites.The campaign also features a series of videos of DO's voicing their beliefs in a compelling, testimonial-style format.   

The DO Difference 
The DO Difference
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) welcomes the campaign and is currently featuring a banner ad from the AOA on the main page of the MOA website ( The MOA will also include the materials from the social media toolkit provided by the AOA. The MOA would like to thank the AOA for this wonderful campaign and we look forward to joining the DoctorsThatDO effort.
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In Memoriam

October 2 of 2015 saw the passing of Eugene N. Sands, D.O.
Click here for a local obituary

Sept. 26 saw the passing of Donald R. Eck, DO
Click here for a local obituary 

September 25 of 2015 saw the passing of Gregory D. Harrington III, DO

June 18 of 2015 saw the passing of Hugh L. Grover, DO

May 1 of 2015 saw the passing of Sara Dora, DO

February 1 of 2015 saw the passing of Richard O. Wagner, Jr., DO

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click HERE.
To renew your dues, click HERE

Dec. 11: Saginaw County Osteopathic Society Christmas Dinner

For more calendar events, click HERE.
Save the Date!
The 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention will be held May 12-15, 2016, in Dearborn, Michigan
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