American Osteopathic College of Radiology Announces Dr. Bruce Wolf as 67th President

The American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR) announced the installment of their 67th President, Bruce Wolf, DO, FAOCR. Dr. Wolf was inaugurated as President, Wednesday, April 4, 2017 at the AOCR Annual Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. "I am honored to be installed as the 67th President of the AOCF. I look forward to the challenges and serving our members in the coming year," said Dr. Wolf.
President-Elect Bruce Wolf, DO, FAOCR receives the ceremonial gavel from outgoing President, Steve Min, DO, MPH, MBA, FAOCR
Dr. Wolf, a graduate of Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, is Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology at Michigan State University.  He became an Active Member of the AOCR in 2001 and was awarded Fellowship in the AOCR in 2013.  He has served on the AOCR Board of Directors since 2013 and has served on numerous AOCR committees.  In addition, Dr. Wolf currently serves as President of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and as the Second Vice President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

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

Early Bird Discount rates for registration ends April 21, 2017.

Weekend Only Spring Scientific Convention
Specialty Track - Emergency & Hospitalist Medicine
Florida CME
Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives

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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DOs take on Capitol Hill to rally Congressional support for GME

The annual, DO Day on Capitol Hill was a resounding success as "whitecoats" marched on Capitol Hill in record numbers. DO Day on Capitol Hill, an annual spring event, is an opportunity for DOs and osteopathic medical students to come to Washington, D.C. to interact and educate members of Congress and their staff on who DOs are and why osteopathic medicine is so vital to the healthcare community. Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Board members Stephen R. Bell, DO, and Andrew Adair, DO, took time from their practices to participate.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) would like to thank Metro Health for being a Strategic Partner with the MOA. An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan - and beyond. In addition to its 208-bed hospital - which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services - Metro Health has a growing number of neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan. Metro Health also provides services to a community clinic for the under-served, and a student health clinic on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more.

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Practice in Belize
Joe Gorz, DO & Shane Sergent, DO invite you on a trip to Belize. Join the group of 20-25 physicians traveling from MSUCOM, California, West Virginia and Missouri to bring comprehensive primary care to the southern region of Belize. 

Trip dates are June 24 - July 1, 2017 with a cost of $1,465 (food, lodging & on the ground transportation costs, excludes airfare). 

Deadline to sign up is April 28.
AOA Annual Business Meeting

The Annual American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Business Meeting will be held July 17 - 23, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel. Please mark these dates on your calendar if you intend to serve as a Michigan Delegate during the AOA House of Delegates (HOD). The AOA HOD will convene its annual business meeting Friday, July 21 and conclude its sessions Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Delegates will be chosen at the MOA House of Delegates on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Westin Southfield Detroit in conjunction with the Annual Spring Convention. More details regarding the AOA Annual Business Meeting to follow. 

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OCOMA Orchestrates new CME event

The Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association (OCOMA) hosted a new social event that proved to be a fun way to earn CME while supporting another medical organization, the Detroit Medical Orchestra (DMO). Guests were picked up at two locations in Oakland county to enjoy a limousine bus ride to an afternoon orchestra performance. On the trip down and back, two lectures were provided by speakers Mary Jo Voelpel, DO and Mary Goldman, DO. Dr. Voelpel spoke on keeping the mind sharp while aging, while Dr. Goldman spoke on posture techniques and stretches for doctors and patients alike. 

After arriving on the Wayne State campus, guests enjoyed listening to the Detroit Medical Orchestra (DMO) play an afternoon concert. The DMO is a non-profit organization comprised of student doctors, attending physicians, other medical professionals and friends of the orchestra. Their mission is to provide healing through music. They perform 4-5 performances per season at Wayne State University, all of which are free to the public. The DMO accepts donations for their performances to support their mission and to raise funds for each featured medical charity.

For the CME-Bus event on March 19th, the DMO performed a collection of chamber pieces; small groups of various instruments. The music provided an opportunity for the guests in attendance to find healing through music, something most physicians find useful these days. A reception followed where guests could enjoy assorted desserts and lemonade. Then everyone returned to the bus for the leisurely ride back and the second lecture. Overall, the event succeeded its goals of providing unique CME in a unique location in combination with a social event for OCOMA members and their guests. In addition, OCOMA was excited to collaborate with the DMO with proceeds of the concert supporting the orchestra along with the featured charity, ALS of Michigan.

OCOMA thanks its speakers and participants who helped make this first-of-its-kind event a success. In the future, OCOMA hopes to provide more opportunities like this one, for a fun day in the city, to its members.

Please consider supporting the Detroit Medical Orchestra at their next performance on Sunday, May 21st, 2017, at 4pm at the Community Arts Auditorium, on the Wayne State University campus.

With the national healthcare discussion focused on the efforts to "Repeal and Replace Obamacare", a variety of major policy initiatives have been proposed, discussed, and advanced in the first days of the Trump administration. The Michigan Health Policy Forum will review the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The Forum will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Course located 3 miles north of the MSU campus. Dr. Gail Wilensky will serve as the keynote speaker to provide an insider's overview of the proposals under discussion and the impact they will have on the health care community and patients in Michigan.

Michigan Health Policy Forum - May 1, 2017
Eagle Eye Golf Course, Bath Township

The Doctors Company Announces 2017 Member Dividend for MOA Members

The Doctors Company, the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, and the exclusively endorsed carrier for the Michigan Osteopathic Association has announced a $26 million dividend, which is made possible by the excellent claims experience of The Doctors Company's members. Since 1976, The Doctors Company has paid nearly $400 million in dividends, and 2017 marks the 12th year in a row that the company has awarded dividends. The 2017 dividend, approved by The Doctors Company's Board of Governors, will provide a premium reduction of 10 percent to eligible members of the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Eligible members will receive this year's dividend on their annual premium for policy renewals on or after July 1, 2017.

Member Dividend Announcement
AOF Awards: Nominate your colleague!

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has a number of awards to recognize outstanding osteopathic physicians. The deadlines for submitting nominations is coming soon.

Emerging Leader Award
The James M. Lally, DO - Emerging Leader Award honors and recognizes an osteopathic physician in practice less than five years whose accomplishments and actions have been instrumental in motivating and inspiring others for the betterment of the osteopathic profession and public health. Deadline for nominations is May 29.

Outstanding Resident of the Year
Recognizes osteopathic residents whose combination of clinical promise, leadership, dedication and commitment to osteopathic patient-centered care, separates them from their peers.This year we're recognizing 10 different specialties. Deadline for nominations is May 16.

Physician of the Year
Honors and recognizes an osteopathic physician who achieves greatness through integrity, commitment to service and community involvement. He or she truly represents the best of what osteopathic medicine is all about. This designation is awarded to an individual whose extraordinary accomplishments and service bring a sense of pride to the profession, and whose actions promote the science and art of osteopathic medicine. Deadline for nominations is May 29.

Educator of the Year
The W. Douglas Ward, PhD - Educator of the Year is awarded to an individual who not only emulates the osteopathic profession's highest standards of excellence in teaching, but one who is passionate about osteopathic medicine, has made a significant impact on the academic advancement of osteopathic students and has made long-standing contributions to the profession in the academic arena. Deadline for nominations is May 29.

The MOA-endorsed Association Gloves & Supplies program continues to expand its product line and offer discounted prices to make it easier on budget.

Take advantage of our second-quarter specials to stock up and save on many of our most popular products. Check out these great value at prices reduced until June 30, 2017:
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Remember, shipping is always free and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Link: to order, or call 877-484-6140 for personal service.
ACOFP Annonuces Master Preceptor Awards

Two Michigan physicians will receive the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Master Preceptor Award for their dedication to educating MSUCOM students and for their exemplary contributions to osteopathic education.  

James Taylor, DO, who practices in Jackson, and Stephen Swetech, DO, who practices in Clinton Township, received the awards in March at the ACOFP Convention and Scientific Seminars in Kissimmee, Florida.  

As longtime participants in the MSUCOM student preceptorship program and clinical faculty members, Taylor and Swetech have mentored hundreds of students over more than 20 years.

Master Preceptor Awards at ACOFP

New MAPS System Instructions

Enter your first and last name and the health professional license you hold (i.e. MD, DO, DDS, PA, Pharmacist, etc.), click enter.
Use the License ID number for your MAPS registration.
To verify your controlled substance ID or number, go to the verify license site and instead of clicking on your specific health profession, select Pharmacy (CS licenses are issued under the Board of Pharmacy).
The controlled substance ID or number will appear on the screen and that is the number you will use.
Some licensees will have either the same health professional license number as their controlled substance license number and some may have two different numbers.   About 7 years ago the department changed how license numbers were randomly created for MD, DO, DPM, DDS, and DVM.  Again, if you have the same license number for both the professional and controlled substance licenses that is fine as likely both licenses may have been issued prior to system changes.
Each license number is a 10 digit number with the following prefix of two numbers for each profession. For Osteopathic Medicine/Surgery (DO), the 2 digit prefix is: 51

Registration Clarification:
When registering to the new MAPS, PMP AWARxE program please have the following information ready:
DEA Registration (If you have more than one, may provide additional DEA Registrations)*
License # (health professional license)**
Controlled Substance # (if applicable)**
National Provider Identifier (NPI) - May be your employer NPI if you do not have an individual NPI
Employer Address - If you have multiple locations where you work please go with the primary employer address
*If you are a Medical Resident, you will enter the DEA number of the facility in which you are completing your residency
**If you do not know your health professional license number and/or your controlled substance number, please go the following site:

Registration Tutorial (PDF)
Advisory from LARA
News & Resource Links

Is a Doctor With an M.D. Better Than One With a D.O.?
In January, the American Osteopathic Association announced that the number of DOs passed 100,000 for the first time, nearly triple the total three decades ago.

Burnout & time constraints: Physicians and patients walk it out
Participating in the Walk with a Doc program might be just what your patients need to feel empowered.

Shaping policy and legislation for immunization rates showing progress
The MOA, and the Parent Information Network, work for news like this:

New 'hospitalspam' ransomware spotted as targeting healthcare industry
Philadelphia ransomware is part of a highly targeted spear-phishing campaign that may signify more ransomware-as-service campaigns are on horizon.

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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