I Vaccinate Public Awareness Campaign Launch

Michigan's childhood immunization rates are among the lowest in the nation, threatening the public health of the entire state. Low immunization rates in Michigan (and other states) are contributing to recent outbreaks of vaccinate-preventable diseases that sicken and, in some cases, cause fatalities. For 3 years the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has fought to raise the rates of vaccinations, and lower the vaccination waiver rates, in a group called the Parent Information Network (PIN). The coalition is comprised of healthcare groups including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

The fight to combat the vaccination rates includes legislative advocacy and press conferences designed to appeal to parents. While progress has been made, Michigan went from 47 in the country to 43, more work was needed. Approached by the Franny Strong Foundation (www.frannystrong.org), PIN looked for funding for a wide-ranging awareness campaign. The combined efforts of the MDHHS, PIN and Franny Strong gained significant funding to run focus groups of parents and create a campaign based on the results.  

On March 20, "I Vaccinate," was launched with a press conference featuring the stakeholders and Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director Immunization Services Division, NCIRDat 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 the campaign will help educate parents and combat pending legislative bills designed to loosen the requirements.
I Vaccinate Public Awareness

I Vaccinate YouTube Channel


Contact: Angela Minicuci,
Office of External Relations and Communications, MDHHS
minicucia@michigan.gov, (517) 241-2112
CDC Dept. Director Visits MSUCOM

When Bob Swanson, Immunization Division Director Population Health and Community Services Administration, for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), met Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director Immunization Services Division, NCIRD at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a immunization event in North Carolina, they had much in common. Swanson, a key member of PIN, explained the I Vaccinate campaign and the goals of the PIN group. Dr. Wharton immediately asked, "How can I help?"

The chance meeting led to her appearance at the press conference launching the campaign in Lansing, Michigan. But she didn't stop there. Dr. Wharton asked "What else?" The MOA worked with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) to quickly arrange a lecture room at Fee Hall and a simulcast to the Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University Center campuses. The result was Dr. Wharton addressing over 130 MSUCOM students and engaging in a Q&A. The response was tremendous.

Bruce Wolf, DO, FAOCR, President of the MOA joined in the discussion. "The Michigan Osteopathic Association is proud to be a part of the I Vaccinate campaign. This is an important public health campaign and we are confident we can help raise the vaccination rates for children in the state of Michigan," said Dr. Wolf.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association would like to thank Beaumont Health for being a Strategic Partner with the MOA. With eight hospitals, 168 health centers, nearly 5,000 physicians and 35,000 employees, Beaumont Health contributes to healthy communities throughout southeast Michigan and beyond. Thank you for all you do for your communities, for our physicians and residents.

To learn more about Beaumont, visit: www.beaumont.org
Member Survey: Opioid Prescribing and MAPS

As the new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) is launched, two separate bills have been proposed that would make the new system mandatory for doctors to prescribe opioids. The upgrade to the Michigan Automated Prescription System was a key part of Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to curtail an opioid epidemic. We are polling our members on the issue of making the use of the MAPS system mandatory. The survey is a simple "Yes" or "No," with the ability to leave comments. Our members' perspectives are important to us. Please take a moment to offer your view.  

Survey Link: Should MAPS be required for prescribing opioids?

Detroit News article on proposed MAPS requirement
New National Academy of Medicine paper addresses physician burnout
AOA leadership partnered with education experts and several DOs and medical students to publish the piece.

Physician Burnout is addressed in the new National Academy of Medicine (NAM) co-authored by MOA Past President, Robert G. G. Piccinini, DO, FACN, and others from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Physician Wellness Task Force. Removing the stigma of depression is key as Dr. Piccinini notes that the best thing physicians can do right now to help a struggling physician is to talk to them about it.

National Academy of Medicine paper
DO article by Kate Samano
Record Number of Submissions for Scientific Research Exhibit
The Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition reached a record number of submissions for the 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention. Now the judges will be put to the test, as over 80 abstracts were submitted for judging. Poster presentations and oral presentations are scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017 from 7:30am - 1 pm, and includes a separate awards luncheon for participants and judges.
2017 Spring Scientific Convention
MOA Spring Scientific Research Exhibit Competition
Westin Southfield Detroit
AOA Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held July 17 - 23, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel. Please mark this time on your calendar if you intend to serve as a Michigan Delegate during the AOA House of Delegates.

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. 
ACOFP Fellows include MSUCOM Alumni and Faculty

Deborah Bennett, DO, Frank Komara, DO, and Kathleen Rollinger, DO, were named fellows of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) in a
(from left) Dr. Rollinger, Dr. Komara, Dr. Bennett
ceremony last week at the annual ACOFP Convention and Scientific Seminars in Kissimmee, Florida.

They were honored for their dedication to the osteopathic profession and for their contributions through authorship, research and leadership in the advancement of family practice.

Dr. Bennett practices in Kingman, Arizona and Dr. Rollinger practices at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Both are 1986 graduates of MSUCOM. Dr. Komara is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, also serving as director of the geriatric fellowship.

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:
License Type
2 Digit Prefix
Dentistry (DDS)
Medicine (MD)
Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Osteopathic Medicine/Surgery (DO)
Pharmacy/Pharmacist/Controlled Substance (CS)
Physician Assistant (PA)
Physician Assistant (PA)

Podiatric Medicine/Surgery
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: www.michigan.gov/verifylicense

Registration Tutorial (PDF)
Peter B. Ajluni, DO, Celebrated as the 2017 AOF Board President

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) appointed Peter B. Ajluni, DO, as the organization's Board President for 2017.  As AOF President, Dr. Ajluni will work to expand the foundation's global outreach and increase fundraising to support more projects that benefit the profession. "The AOF's support of the profession has improved the lives of countless patients across the country and around the world. It is my honor to help advance these noble goals working in partnership with my colleagues serving on the AOF Board," he stated.

AOF Announcement
News & Resource Links

NPR: Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

AOA DO Magazine: Telemedicine volunteer opportunity for newly retired, semi-retired DOs

CS Monitor: Youth opioid use has declined somewhat. What's behind the drop?

Sparrow News: Caregivers show their heart and commitment to the new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

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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Michigan Osteopathic Association
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