"Thank you!" to all of the attendees, speakers and exhibitors

The 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention was once again filled with smiles, hugs and handshakes as the Michigan Osteopathic Association convened at the Westin Southfield Detroit. The convention kicked off with the annual House of Delegates. The ceremonies included presentations of awards and Presidential Citations, honoring Life Professionals and presenting the family of the late, Lawrence Abramson, DO, with a plaque officially stating the naming of the 1st place award in the Science Research Exhibit competition the "First Place Award Lawrence J. Abramson, DO Award." The ceremonies culminated with the installation of Lawrence Prokop, DO, FAAPM&R, FAOCPMR-D, FAOASM, as the 120th President of the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

The MOA would like to thank everyone who participated in the House of Delegates, as well as the CME sessions, SRE competition, receptions and events. From students to Life Professionals, the DO Family was well represented.
Evaluation info
Link to Express Evaluations:   https://data.express-evaluations.com/eval/38060/web/
Your login will require your AOA Number (this should be a six-digit number. If your AOA number is only five-digits put a "0" at the begining of your number)
The password is: moacme
Speaker Presentations 
For PDF files of the presentations that were made available by the presenters, visit:  www.moaspring.com/#speakers
Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives 

The Pain Management program, "Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives," featuring William Morrone, DO, MS, FACOFP, DAAPM, ASAM, drew a crowd of over 500 people, making it the largest REMS audience ever held in Michigan. "This session was designed to protect you in the future regulatory environment, while offering strategies for successful pain and patient management," said Dr. Morrone. The session fulfilled the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requirement for Pain Management.
New Opioid Prescribing Laws Go Into Effect June 1
On June 1, new state laws aimed at curbing substance abuse and drug diversion problem go into effect. To guide licensed prescribers and dispensers, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has posted several online resources. The MOA has created a webpage with links to LARA/MAPS resources and an MOA comment form for provider feedback. www.domoa.org/maps


We are proud to announce that at this year's convention we reached our goal of raising $20,000! Thank you to everyone who donated, and to Gregory Kelser for helping promote the PAC by giving donors a signed copy of "Gregory Kelser's Tales from Michigan State." 

MOPAC fights to elect candidates who are sensitive to the issues that affect how you practice medicine and patient care. This successful fundraising season means a stronger voice for physicians in 2018 elections. THANK YOU!

If you missed donating at convention, click here.
Women of Excellence Honors Dr. Myral Robbins
Reception featured Gretchen Whitmer on Leadership

The Women of Excellence held their 3rd annual reception at the Spring Scientific Convention. The event featured former State Senator Gretchen Whitmer speaking on women in leadership and the challenges she has faced as a women in the legislative arena.

As is custom, the Women of Excellence presented their annual award recognizing an outstanding female leader in the DO world. This year, Myral Robbins, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP, was honored as the 2018 Woman of Excellence. Dr. Robbins has served as an MOA board member and was the MOA president 2014-15. 

Physician Wellness Center
Drs. Christensen, Goldman and Patterson led a hands-on learning and healing OMT session in the Physician Wellness Center for attendees and guests. Over 50 people participated and experienced this wonderful pain management technique. Learn more about their practice here - www.OHCmedicine.com

Yoga is a great tool for the health and wellness for you and your patients. Remember to take some time for yourself; a few minutes a day or a few times a week. 

When referring patients to yoga, be sure to use a specific teacher, class or studio that you trust. Private yoga is the best way to tailor yoga to meet the needs of individual patients. 

Amanda, our yoga instructor, is a passionate advocate for bringing yoga into people's lives in a safe way to help them reach their goals. Please contact her if you are interested in her private yoga services for you or your patients, or to learn more about the benefits of private instruction.

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Science Research Exhibit Competition

The 2018 Science Research Exhibit competition was a resounding success with over 70 submissions in poster and oral presentations. Congratulations to Than Nguyen, DO, and Reem Jarbou, DO, on winning the First Place, "Lawrence J. Abramson, DO Award." The honor included a check for $1,000. 

Blood drive

The American Red Cross Blood Services extends their heartfelt appreciation for your efforts on behalf of the many patients whose lives depend on the availability of blood products in our community. Thank you to the 22 participants and especially our 4 time first-time donors! 
2018 Spring TRIAD Online  
The TRIAD Online for Spring 2018 theme is "Advocacy Issues" and features a preview of the 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention. The issue features an update on the new regulations for prescribing opioids, the I Vaccinate campaign and a feature story on the MHA Keystone Center project on hospital transparency.  

TRIAD Online