January 15, 2016 - The DO Family Newsletter  
MSUCOM Canadian Appreciation Dinner 

East Lansing, MI - The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) held a first-of-its-kind, Canadians-at-COM Appreciation Dinner at Fee Hall on the campus of MSU. The event was a chance for students from Canada and faculty to share stories and discuss some of the challenges Canadian students face when attending college in the United States.  The event was well-attended, including Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) President Robert G.G. Piccinini, DO.

The presentations from the Canadian students ranged from whimsical anecdotes about their path to MSUCOM, to hard statistics on the currency exchange rate that affect international students when it comes to paying an education in the "lower 48." Dr. Piccinini contributed to the event by donating two tickets to a Detroit Red Wings game, which was well-received by the (mostly) Canadian attendees. 
MOA Student Liaison Annual Meet and Greet  

Brighton, MI - The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) held a meeting of the Student Liaisons from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). Wintry conditions did not hold back attendees, or their enthusiasm. The meeting included planning events for 2016 and brainstorming ideas for increased student participation in the MOA. The students showed particular interest in legislative issues and plans were made to have MOA Legislative Liaison, Kevin McKinney present to the group. "The energy and passion the students have continue to amaze me," said Terry Trombley, MOA Staff Administrative Assistant. The MOA sponsors an "Outstanding Graduate" award presented each year with the recipient receiving $1,000. The Student Liaison program has grown over the past three years and continues to be a reminder of a bright future for DOs. #DOProud indeed. 
Health Care Leadership Academy

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and the Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business will host the Healthcare Leadership Academy: Business Strategy For A Changing Landscape
Module 1: February 1-3, 2016
Module 2: March 14-15, 2016

MSUCOM and the Eli Broad College of Business have created a dual-degree program for students who want to develop business competency in medical practice, and to prepare physicians for careers in healthcare leadership. 

For more information and to register, click HERE
Flint Water Issues

The issues regarding the city of Flint's water quality have gained national attention. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has taken a firm stance asserting that access to safe and affordable water is a right for all Michigan citizens. As the various agencies address the issues that affect the water quality, especially the extraordinary levels of lead, the MOA will continue to offer links to resources where our members can keep up on the issue of #FlintWater. "Like" the MOA Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, where we will continue to post news items. 

"If there was ever a time to invest in our children, it is now," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Hurley Medical Center physician. "Our Flint children deserve every opportunity to be healthy and successful. The creation of this Fund will further ensure that our children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome this population-wide exposure to lead." Dr. Hanna-Attisha was responsible for an amazing amount of research that led to the discovery the incredible amount of lead in Flint's water. 

The MOA would also like to offer links to resources that are helping Flint residents cope with the health issues that are associated with such extreme levels of lead. 

The Flint Child Health & Development Fund has been established to support charitable organizations that provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.  

Catholic Charities of Genesee County is accepting water filters, bottled water, and donations.

The American Red Cross has volunteers distributing water testing kits, water filters and bottled water at several locations.
Reminder: Rep. Canfield Fundraiser Jan. 22nd
State Representative Edward "Ned" Canfield, DO will be holding a fundraiser for his reelection campaign, Friday, January 22nd, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire Ballroom, 5780 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire, MI

RSVP by contacting Dr. David Best: dkbest_2000@yahoo.com
For more information on the candidate, visit: edwardcanfield.com
Strategic Partner Spotlight - Michigan Hospital Association

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is the statewide leader representing all of the community hospitals in Michigan. Established in 1919, the MHA represents the interests of its member hospitals and health systems in both the legislative and regulatory arenas on key issues and supports their efforts to provide quality, cost-effective and accessible care.

The MHA Keystone Center brings together hospitals, and state and national patient safety experts to collect and report data, and implements evidence-based best practices to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs. For more than a decade, the MHA Keystone Center has achieved this by creating innovative and pioneering approaches to prevent harm and enhance the quality of healthcare delivered in hospitals.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) values the strategic partnership with the MHA that has joined our groups together in efforts regarding Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding, quality patient care, creating awareness of the economic benefits healthcare for Michigan communities and many more. The MOA encourages our members to visit the MHA website for more information on their organization, and to follow them on their social media platforms.
In Memoriam

Dec. 1 of 2015 saw the passing of William A. Athens Sr., DO

October 2 of 2015 saw the passing of Eugene N. Sands, DO
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

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click HERE.
To renew your dues, click HERE
The MOA Pulse is a member benefit for sharing news and events. If you have any news items you would like to share, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association

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