The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention was held May 12-15, 2016. With new groups formed, a record number of resolutions for the House of Delegates and a plethora of compelling sessions, the event was a success on many levels. The feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. The convention attracted DO's from as far away as Oklahoma and welcomed two new groups- the Women of Excellence and the 24Fifties. Thank you to all the attendees and presenters.

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If you attended the Spring Scientific Convention you are required to submit an evaluation through an online program. Evaluations can be accessed by clicking on this link:

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If you have any questions or concerns, contact:
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Science Research Exhibits

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention once again included the Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE). The SRE continues to grow, as this year the judges received a record number of submissions for the Spring Scientific Convention. The judges were overwhelmed by the quality and
Dr. Lawrence Abramson with Outstanding Case Report winner, Dr. Will Powers 
passion. "The presentations were all really outstanding," said Anthony Ognjan, DO, who participated as a judge for the Oral Presentation competition. "This is the second year for this category and we are seeing amazing progression. The judges really had a difficult time selecting the winners, because they were all very good."

The SRE growth is impressive and the importance is recognized by MOA leadership. "I'm excited for scholarly activity which is one of the ACGME new requirements for our programs, our program directors and our residents," said MOA Past President and current board member, Myral Robbins, DO, FAAFP FACOFP. "... and to see the students and the residents and the supervising faculty moving toward that is so gratifying and it's great for our profession."

The MOA would like to thank all of the presenters and the judges for their time. We look forward to the Autumn Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

For a list of those receiving awards, click HERE
Women of Excellence Honors Dr. Dorothy Carnegie

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) featured a new event to the Annual Spring Scientific Convention. The MOA's Women of Excellence Reception was a wonderful opportunity to honor Dr. Dorothy Carnegie, the MOA's first female president. Dr. Carnegie served 1971-1972 and her leadership has influenced thousands of physicians. The event provided the chance for many of the profession's leaders - men and women alike - who had the good fortune to work
Dr. Dorothy Carnegie (center) with the Women of Excellence
with and learn from Dr. Carnegie to help celebrate her many contributions to the profession.

Dr. Carnegie helped pave the way for female leadership within the osteopathic profession, particularly in Michigan.  The event during the MOA Convention served as a great venue to bring together successful female leaders from across the state.
MOA Welcomes a New Tradition: The 24Fifties

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) welcomed a new charitable organization, the 24Fifties club. Partly modeled after the long-serving 49er's Club, the 24Fifties mission is to bring together medical students and new physicians within the osteopathic profession who have an interest in leadership, professional development, and grassroots advocacy. The group welcomed the founding members in a reception in the revolving restaurant high atop the Edward Village Michigan Hotel. The MOA would like to officially welcome the 24Fifties and we look forward to working with them on their may goals.
The Founding Members of the 24Fifties Club
MOA Town Hall
Combating the Opioid Mortality Crisis:
The Perspective from the Governor's Task Force 
The Town Hall was a sold out event. An adjacent room was opened to accommodate the overflow

DEARBORN, Mich - The MOA Luncheon & Town Hall was held as part of the 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention. "Combating the Opioid Mortality Crisis: The Perspective from the Governor's Task Force" offered a distinguished panel of experts from the medical, legislative and law enforcement sectors for a town hall-style discussion. The event was moderated by Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent and host of WKAR's "Off the Record," and Dr. David Neff, MOA Safe Opioid Task Force Member and Medical Consultant of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
The event began with a message from Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Chair of the Governor's Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. The Town Hall format allowed interaction from the overflow crowd as Skubick managed comments and questions. The discussion offered many perspectives to cover the complex issue. But, the consensus was clear: Opioid mortality rates are now eclipsing traffic deaths as the number one cause of accidental death.
The MOA will continue to monitor the legislative progress and offer leadership to legislators as the recommendations from the Task Force are made into policy.  

Event Discussants, click HERE
Take-away One-page, click HERE

For more information and a list of resources, visit the Opioid page on the MOA website:

View the YouTube video of the Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's message to the MOA Town Hall, click HERE
To visit the Facebook photo album, click HERE

NMOA Summer CME 
The Northern Michigan Osteopathic Association's 2016 Summer Conference will be June 16-19, 2016, at the Mission Point Resort on beautiful Mackinac Island. Registration is open. 

New Training Opportunity: Transformation Academy 

The Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), an IACET-certified organization providing the health care community with continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, will partner with the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) to create the MOA's new Transformation Academy.

Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan's leading provider of CME and IACET-accredited experiential learning programs for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other primary care transformation initiatives. The announcement of the initiative was made by PTI founder Ewa Matuszewski, also the CEO of Rochester-based MedNetOne Health Solutions.

"PTI was founded in 2010 with the knowledge that a new kind of training was needed to implement the massive changes shaping the future of health care; holistic training that looks at multi-disciplinary care teams rather than a silo physician approach," Matuszewski said. "It is a privilege for PTI to now be working with the MOA, a progressive and influential organization advancing team-based care."

Transformation Academy, with classes offered through PTI and taught by PTI instructors, will provide web-based, blended and classroom style activities to MOA members. According to MOA CEO and Executive Director Kristopher Thomas Nicholoff, the new venture was prompted by the need for a comprehensive training curriculum on timely and emerging health care concerns that provides interactive and engaging training sessions for busy health care professionals.

For more information on PTI, click HERE
Sparrow News for June:
FastCare Clinics and Celebrating Nurses

Sparrow News for June offers stories on the opening of another, Sparrow Fast Care Clinic inside of the Okemos Meijer store. The clinics offer professional services in convenient locations. FastCare clinics offer quick treatment for common, non-life-threatening conditions such as minor injuries and infections. Services also include routine physicals for athletes participating in camps and organized sports. There are no appointments and care is offered on a first-come/first-served basis.

Sparrow News for June also includes a 1 year anniversary of Sparrow Ionia Hospital, a CareGiver Spotlight and upcoming events with Sparrow Health System. 

Sparrow News for June
Sparrow News for June
The Sparrow Health System offers a wonderful website featuring videos from the following "channels": 
  • Sparrow News
  • Caregivers
  • Innovating Care
  • Patient Stories
  • Healthy Living
  • Community
To learn more, visit: 
MDHHS Offers Genesee County Healthcare Providers Tax-Free Assistance for Loan Repayment:   
As part of a program to help retain healthcare providers in under-served areas of the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will select 10 to 15 primary care, healthcare professionals to be eligible for up to $50,000 tax-free to repay their educational debt if they practice for two years at approved sites in Genesee County and meet other program requirements. The state-funded student loan repayment assistance in Genesee County is through the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program. MDHHS will select providers on a first-come, first-served basis. The applications period begins, June 2, 2016, and will end on Aug. 15, 2016, or once all program funds are obligated. More>

Pilot Program Launched to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Communities:
A new community-based, pilot project to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles within communities was launched in Royal Oak. The new effort, called Healthy Town Everywhere, is a collaborative project supported by the Family Health Care Center in Royal Oak, the Wayne State Coordinated Dietetics Program at Wayne State University, the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Holiday Market in Royal Oak, the Oakland County Health Department, the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Oak School District. An article in Detroit-based, dBusiness provides the details that include remarks from MOA members Dr. Paul Erhmann and Dr. Lawrence Abramson. The MOA will help promote the effort as the program expands into other Michigan communities. More>
MACRA proposed rule published by HHS, streamlining federal programs including meaningful use: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology. More
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In Memoriam

April 7, 2016 saw the passing of Daniel Graham, DO

Feb. 15, 2016 saw the passing of Howard Rossman, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Gerald Reznick, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Jack Lighton, DO
Feb. 3, 2016 saw the passing of Norman Decker, DO

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

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