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

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

Certification Programs:
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Re-Certification
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

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Contract Review Workshop

The Women of Excellence will host a Contract Review Workshop. The program will examine the complexities of physician contracts and provide guidance with contract reviews with Susan Sanford, Independent Hospital & Health Care Professional. This will be a great session that can help eliminate contractual problems and provide an ease of mind in terms of employment.  

Date and Time: May 19, 3 - 5 pm
Location: Westin, Board of Trustees/Board of Regents
Presenter: Susan Sanford, Independent Hospital & Health Care Professional
Issues & Advocacy:
I Vaccinate

As the the efforts of the I Vaccinate campaign gained momentum, support came from the Detroit News. Recently, bills have been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives (HB 4425 and HB 4426) that would reverse public school vaccination waiver requirements. Those requirements have proven successful in raising vaccination rates and lowering waiver rates. The Detroit News accurately captured the sentiment of the Parent Information Group (PIN)- a coalition of healthcare groups that includes the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA)- in an editorial piece calling out the proposed bills for being misguided:

"The state of Michigan put tougher vaccine waiver guidelines in place two years ago, and the high rate of parents opting not to get their children vaccinated has gone down significantly. That's a positive trend for the state's health. Legislation aimed at rolling back this policy is misguided."

On March 20, I Vaccinate launched with a press conference featuring the stakeholders, MOA President Bruce Wolf, DO, and Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director Immunization Services Division, NCIRD at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The campaign includes TV, radio, print, outdoor and digital ads, a compelling new website, social media activities, and close collaboration with public health and health care leaders. Running through 2017, PIN hopes to increase education and combat the misinformation regarding immunizations.

Detroit News Editorial on HB 4425 and HB 4426


Economic Impact of Healthcare

Healthcare providers invest in their local communities in ways beyond helping restore and support good health. Healthcare provided nearly 588,000 direct jobs in Michigan in 2015, nearly 228,000 by hospitals alone.

This report demonstrates the substantial role healthcare plays in the well-being of both the state's residents and its economy.  Compiled by the Partnership for Michigan's Health, which consists of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the Michigan Osteopathic Association and the Michigan State Medical Society, the report uses data from fiscal year 2015, the most recent data available.

The report's dashboard provides statewide data and breaks it down by region and county. This interactive tool allows information to be viewed and printed for one county or region and for any chosen combination of counties or regions.

The data demonstrates that healthcare is Michigan's largest creator of direct, private-sector jobs - jobs that continue to provide employment opportunities for residents statewide.

John "Jack" Finley, DO, 1928-2017

It is with much sadness that we report the sudden passing of John "Jack" Finley, Jr., DO, on April 27, 2017. Dr. Finley was a devoted family man, outstanding DO, educator and surgeon, but was renowned as the team physician for the Detroit Red Wings.

Visitation will be held at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, MI, on Sunday, April 30 from 3-8 pm. A Scripture Service will be held on Sunday evening. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI, on Monday, May 1 at 11 am. Friends may visit at the Chapel beginning at 10:30 am.

"Our profession has lost another giant.  Dr. John (Jack) Finley was a fine surgeon and osteopathic physician who was renowned around Detroit and the NHL for the work that he did for the Detroit Redwings for 47 years.  In addition he cared deeply for his family and friends.  Personally, he encouraged me to continue to stay active within the profession and to attain leadership roles."       - Bruce Wolf, DO, FAOCR, MOA President

Local obituary and Tribute Wall
Detroit Free Press: Longtime Detroit Red Wings physician John Finley dead at 88
NHL News: Longtime Red Wings team physician dies at 88
The Feminine Touch streaming now available

The Feminine Touch, a new documentary on the history of women in osteopathic medicine, is now available for free online viewing. It was created by Florida's West Coast Public Broadcasting (WEDU), a PBS affiliate in Tampa.

The documentary is based on the book The Feminine Touch: Women in Osteopathic Medicine, which was written by Thomas Quinn, DO, a professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida (LECOM-Bradenton).

Critical decision
The film captures the essence of the book in detailing how Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, came to found osteopathic medicine in the 1800s and how his critical decision to include women and minorities in his medical school created an innovative, inclusive foundation for the osteopathic medical profession.

"It was fascinating to discover such a progressive figure for his era: He was a medical pioneer, abolitionist and feminist," says Kristine Kelly, who produced, directed, and edited The Feminine Touch.

A.T. Still had treated patients on reservations and at war, studying many forms of medicine before he went on to establish his own new school of thought. The film explores how the resistance he faced for his seemingly radical ideas continues to inspire women and osteopathic physicians even today.

'Their stories will always stay with me'
"The Feminine Touch was the opportunity to revisit my life journey and express my gratitude to my family, role models, and Dr. Andrew Taylor Still," says Octavia Cannon, DO, who appears in the film.

Thought leaders, historical experts, and trail-blazing women of the osteopathic profession contributed to The Feminine Touch, including physicians like Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, who was one of two female medical students in her class before she went on to become the first African-American female dean of a medical school.

"It was absolutely inspiring and heartening to meet the female DOs who participated in this project," says Kelly. "I admire the way they navigate through the triumphs and challenges of their careers with such confidence, intelligence and good humor. Their stories and experiences will always stay with me."

Help spread the word
You can help raise awareness of osteopathic medicine and its history by requesting that the documentary be played on your local PBS station.

Link: The DO story by Kate Samano
Council of Interns and Residents Program at Spring Convention
Friday May 19, 2017- Westin Southfield Detroit
1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
1:30 - 1:40 p.m.
Welcome: Matthew Bombard, D.O., Chair, Council of Interns and Residents

1:40 - 3:00 p.m.
Discussion on negotiating contracts 
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Brief discussion on insurance options
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Transitioning from Resident to Attending
New attendings discuss the transition after residency
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Wound Care: Kurt Anderson, DO
5:00 p.m. Raffle Prize Drawing - Must be present to win  

Wayne County Osteopathic Medical Association

Component meeting: For an informative evening with your colleagues and osteopathic friends, plan to join us at our next WCOMA Membership Meeting

DATE: Monday, May 8, 2017
TIME:  6:30 pm
LOCATION: Andiamo Italia, 21400 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI

Speaker and  Presentation:
Cardioprotection vs. Gastrotoxicity: Finding a Balance to Advance Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events with Aspirin
Henry Mendoza, MD, Internal Medicine, Flint

Dinner and refreshments will be immediately followed by an WCOMA business meeting.  

Please RSVP Before May 1, 2017
PHONE: (517) 512-4307 | FAX: (517) 347-1566 | EMAIL:
Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association
Component meeting: For an informative evening with your colleagues and osteopathic friends, plan to join us at our next OCOMA Membership Meeting

DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017

TIME:  6:30 pm
LOCATION: Andiamo's, 6676 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Speaker and  Presentation:
Cardioprotection vs. Gastrotoxicity: Finding a Balance to Advance Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events with Aspirin
Jeffrey Deitch, DO, Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, Sterling Heights

Dinner and refreshments will be immediately followed by an OCOMA business meeting.  

Please RSVP Before May 1, 2017
PHONE: (517) 512-4307 | FAX: (517) 347-1566 |  EMAIL:
Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association
Baseball Outing
Save the Date and RSVP today! Bring your families for our outdoor event!

DATE: Friday, July 14, 2017   TIME:  Gates Open at 6:00 PM, Game Starts at 7:05 PM
LOCATION: Jimmy Johns Field, 7229 Auburn Road, Utica, MI

Westside Woolly Mammoths vs. Utica Unicorns
Ticket price includes: Reserved Grandstand Seats, Left field Patio seating for Smokehouse BBQ meal, 2 drinks per person (Soft drinks, water, beer or wine), Mascot Appearance, Group Photo on Field, "Chalk Talk" with team coaches, Player autographs, Scoreboard MCOMA Welcome, enter to win Prize Raffle, Free parking, Fireworks!

Please RSVP Before July 1 2017 
PHONE: (517) 512-4307 | FAX: (517) 347-1566 |  EMAIL:

Sparrow News - April, 2017
A special speaker from the Mayo Clinic plans a visit to Sparrow and we honor our incredible Volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

For more videos from Sparrow Health, visit their YouTube channel, SparrowTV.
The TRIAD Online is one click away. The award-winning journal of the Michigan Osteopathic Association is now available online with links to resources, stories and services . This issue features articles on osteopathic research opportunities, MACRA, safe opioid prescribing and a primer on Telehealth.

News & Resource Links

MHA: Legislature Begins Work on 2018 State Healthcare Budget
Last week, preliminary work began on the state's healthcare budget for fiscal year 2018 when both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Health and Human Services reported the initial versions of the budget to their respective appropriations committees.
Link: MHA Monday Report

Sparrow News for April 24, 2017
Video: A special speaker from the Mayo Clinic visits to Sparrow and to honor the incredible Volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

A Passion returns

"I tried capitated primary care, and it reversed my burnout"
AOA's The DO with a great story of a passion reignited.
Link: The DO story from Adil Manzoor

Beyond the Card: How Marquette's Superior Dome Fosters Health and Community
Through a unique partnership between NMU, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and U.P. Health System - Marquette, the dome hosts open walking hours that are free to the public.
Link: MiBlues Perspectives Article and audio

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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