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Join us for the 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention: May 18-21, 2017 
Location: Westin Southfield Detroit

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The Detroit Tigers will have home games Thursday-Sunday, with the Friday night game a "Fireworks Night," and the Saturday night game an Alumni Saturday- featuring Hall of Famer, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez.

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The MOA Spring mobile website is All-Things-Spring! Agendas, Speakers, Events and links to Evaluations accessible through your mobile device or tablet.

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The TRIAD Online

The Pre-Convention Spring TRIAD is now available to view as a a flip-book on your desktop, tablet or mobile device. This issue includes details about the 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention to be held at the Westin Southfield Detroit.

To access the Spring issue of the TRIAD, click here!

Issue Highlights

30 Years of Service
The Spring Convention issue of the TRIAD honors four DO's who have served as delegates for their component societies for over 30 years! Shaping policy and serving their profession, these physicians have exhibited dedication to the House of Delegates process that is truly worthy of our gratitude. Each will be honored at this years' House of Delegates.
Outstanding Graduating Senior and Resident of the Year
The MOA's annual awards for Outstanding Graduating Senior and Resident of the Year are announced. Each award will be presented at the Spring Convention and the TRIAD article offers background information on the winners of each award.

DOs Together: The launch of a new Physicians' Organization
The MOA is launching a Physicians' Organization, DOs Together. The organization will give MOA members a voice in leadership and support in what can be an overwhelming number of factors in managing a practice.
Link to article 
Contract Review Presentation and Workshop

The Women of Excellence and the Council of Interns and Residents (CIR) will each host a Contract Review Workshop.

The programs will examine the complexities of physician contracts and provide guidance with contract reviews with Susan Sanford, Independent Hospital & Health Care Professional. These will be great sessions that can help proactively eliminate contractual problems and provide an ease of mind in terms of employment.  

CIR Event
Date and Time: Friday, May 19, 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Portage Auditorium

Women of Excellence Event
Date and Time: Friday, May 19, 3-5 pm
Location: Westin, Board of Trustees/Board of Regents

Presenter: Susan Sanford, Independent Hospital & Health Care Professional
MOA Leader In Action For You

Stephen Bell, DO, meets with key legislators this week. Pictured, from left to right, are Representative Joseph Bellino, Congressman Tim Walberg, Dr. Stephen Bell and Senator Dale Zorn. Dr. Bell chairs the MOA Safe Opioid Use Task Force, serves on Governor Rick Snyder's Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission as well as serving on the MOA's Board of Trustees.
Taking the middleman out of health care
This year, the Direct Primary Care Summit is taking the DPC movement to The Hill to advocate for stronger DPC legislation. During DPC Summit, you'll have the opportunity to meet face to face with legislators to share your practice's story and discuss the importance of building stronger patient-doctor relationships.

Plus, between introductory courses to sessions targeted for recently converted practices, the DPC Summit provides the very best innovative ideas and resources to help your practice grow and succeed.

Date: June 15-17, 2017
Location: The Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA (Washington, DC)

DPC Summit information


Call: (800) 274-2237 or email:

Metro Health Farm Market
One of the most vibrant farm markets in West Michigan returns to the campus of Metro Health - University of Michigan Health for its 12th season beginning Thursday, May 11.

The Metro Health Farm Market expects to welcome about 35 local vendors on opening day, adding another 20 or so as the weather warms. For the 2017 season, the farm market will be open every Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, May 11 through Oct. 12.

"A healthy community starts with a healthy diet," says Mike Faas, chief executive officer of Metro Health - University of Michigan Health. "Metro Health isn't here just to treat illness. We're here to be a complete wellness resource. Providing access to affordable, healthy food is part of our responsibility to the community."
The Metro Health Farm Market is located on the grounds of Metro Health Hospital, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW in Wyoming, adjacent to the Village Green.

Operating in a war zone:
DO volunteers outside Mosul, Iraq

General surgeon Timothy Burandt, DO, spent two months treating patients at an emergency field hospital. The DO online magazine from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) details the experience in a Q&A formatted article with Dr. Burandt. The MOA member has returned from his work in Iraq and will attend the 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention next week.

The DO article: Operating in a war zone
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Hospitals and health systems must invest in their board members to ensure the highest levels of competencies to meet the challenges of a constantly evolving environment. To assist them in ensuring their trustees are well informed and aware of what is involved in governing a healthcare organization today, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association designed a comprehensive educational and training program in governance leadership.

The MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship is highly collaborative in nature, bringing fellows together in a variety of learning formats, including retreat-like interface, virtual communications and dialogue, and peer learning circles.

Education and Partnership for Hospital Trustees
 News and Resource Links

Detroit News Column: Michigan must tackle opioid epidemic
Op Ed column from Tom Watkins, president and CEO of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Link: Detroit News Column

Sparrow News for May, 2017
Video: Mobile Health Clinic partners with Dean Transportation, add locations. 

Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills Walk with a Doc

Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills welcomes all to attend its "Walk with a Doc" healthy living program on Thursday, May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. This free community event is led by a physician who emphasizes exercise and provides health tips.
Link: Walk with a Doc information

Crain's Detroit Business: Hospital finances improve, but changes loom

Crain's with an article on how Michigan hospitals' recent financial health may be short-lived as "uncertainty looms" with the ACA repeal efforts.
Link: Crain's article

Maneuvering motherhood and medicine: DOs share advice
Two DO moms share the rules they live by: Practices they say have made balancing motherhood and medicine less stressful.
Link: The DO article

April 27, 2017, saw the passing of John "Jack" Finley, Jr., DO
Click here for local obituary

April 7, 2017, saw the passing of James "Jim" Herbert Growney Jr., DO
Click here for a local obituary

March 23, 2017 saw the passing of Donald Boxman, DO
Click here for a local obituary

January 4, 2017, saw the passing of John A. Walker, DO
Click here for a local obituary

December 27, 2016 saw the passing of Max McKinney II, DO
Click here for a local obituary
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