The Michigan Osteopathic Association newsletter for August 19, 2017
U.S. Army Returns with DRASH Unit
The United States Army will return for the 13th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention with a live demonstration of the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH). The DRASH units are portable, geodesic shelters that can be set up within minutes of arriving on site with no special tools. This allows medical personnel to quickly respond in battlefield conditions. The units serve as mobile operation facilities and have been utilized in military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We thank the U.S. Army for their service and the DRASH personnel for once again joining us in Grand Rapids.

Autumn Convention November 3-5, 2017
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will host its Autumn Scientific Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza. The event has grown over the last 12 years and will offer 20 AOA 1-A credits. Grand Rapids has been a great city for the convention, offering a wide variety of dining, shopping and attractions.

Call for SRE Exhibits
The Michigan Osteopathic Association will once again host a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) at the Autumn Scientific Convention. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession.  
The SRE competition demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession's commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.
The SRE competition will be November 4, 2017 at the Amway Grand Plaza.
Submission deadline: September 22nd, 2017   
MSUCOM Student Advocate Association and AMOA host:
Surviving medical school for couples

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Student Advocate Association and the Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) are hosting a seminar on managing relationships during medical school. "Surviving medical school for couples" will be held on the MSU campus and will feature speakers on relationships and finance issues.  

When: September 26, 2017 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: Conrad Hall, 888 Wilson Road, East Lansing MI
Dinner will be provided. RSVP required.
Presented by: MSUCOM Student Advocate Association

Topics include:
Relationships for medical student couples with Dr. John Taylor
Finances during medical school with Angelene Patton
125 years of osteopathic medicine: Profession gears up to celebrate
In 1892, Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, started the first osteopathic medical school.

In October 1892, the American School of Osteopathy-the first-ever osteopathic medical school-opened in Kirksville, Missouri. Led by founder Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, the school's inaugural DO class of 21 students matriculated five women - a medical school rarity in the late 19th century.

Almost exactly 125 years later, attendees at OMED 2017 in Philadelphia can take a step back in time to experience Kirksville - the birthplace of osteopathic medicine-via an immersive, virtual reality experience provided within a traveling museum exhibit from A.T. Still University and the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. The exhibit will be live Oct. 7-9; OMED runs Oct. 7-10.

Virtual reality
Exhibit attendees will receive virtual reality headsets that they can use to take a 360-degree immersive tour of the original schoolhouse and classroom narrated by "A.T. Still" himself. Additional tour stops throughout the city of Kirksville include Dr. Still's grave site and historic downtown Kirksville, which hasn't changed much since A.T. Still's day.

Visitors can then take the headset home with them and use it to watch other 360-degree videos available on the internet, but the supply of giveaway headsets will be limited, so early arrival is encouraged. The tour will also be available on a large screen that does not require a headset for viewing.

In addition to the immersive virtual reality experience, the exhibit will feature artifacts spanning 125 years of history that tell the story of A.T. Still, the first osteopathic medical school and the profession's incredible growth. These include a life-size display of Dr. Still's vest, pants, boots and walking stick.

NHSC loan repayment opportunity for fourth-year medical students
Planning to pursue primary care? This program could help you pay down a large chunk of your loans. 
The 2018 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) application cycle opened Aug. 29.

The program is open to medical students completing their final year of schooling in an institution accredited by the U.S. Students must be planning to choose a career in primary care.

Students who join the program will receive up to $120,000 tax free. In exchange, they'll complete at least three years of full-time service or six years of half-time clinical practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area after finishing their residency training.

Learn more about the program at the NHSC website, including how to apply.

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The Oakland County Osteopathic Association (OCOMA) and the Oakland County Medical Society (OCMS) are sponsoring "An Afternoon of Wellness," a program examining physician burnout and how to develop healthy strategies to minimize the causes. The event will feature a panel discussion- "Avenues to Freedom," as well as breakout sessions. 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roger Smith, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Professor of Clinical Biological Sciences at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. 

The Michigan Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 3.5 Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in the event. 

Sparrow unveils digital technology to capture newborns' footprints

Most of us are familiar with the traditional hospital certificates for newborns that show a baby's inked footprint. But those forms can get lost, damaged or stowed away in some forgotten drawer and, over time, they lose effectiveness.

Sparrow is unveiling the use of a system in which newborns have their footprints placed in a digital system and parents can customize the certificates and have a lasting digital record.  It's much more precise than the traditional ink-based method and it's an easier way to get a squirming baby's footprint. This system conforms to standards set by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children because it provides a permanent identification record for newborns.

Sparrow is the only hospital in the mid-Michigan region to boast this CertaScan system, part of their leadership as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. A Sparrow Labor and Delivery leader and a local mom and infant will be available to discuss and demonstrate the system.

Detroit Medical Orchestra announces performance schedule
New conductor, Zeljko Milicevic

Our friends at Detroit Medical Orchestra (DMO) have announced their fall schedule, as well as a new conductor. Zeljko Milicevic has an outstanding background as a teacher, conductor and violinist. The DMO is an amazing program where healthcare providers have found yet another way to give back to the community. The performances are free and the music is outstanding.


Advancement in robotic spine surgery comes to Metro Health

Metro Health - University of Michigan Health is elevating its already renowned spine program, becoming the first hospital in Michigan to acquire the Mazor X™ spine surgery system for minimally invasive procedures.
Developed by Mazor Robotics, the Mazor X surgical assistance system combines unprecedented tools and analytics to plan operations, as well as unparalleled image-based guidance during operations.

The system brings exceptional precision to minimally invasive procedures. Because they require smaller incisions than open surgery, minimally invasive operations result in less pain, less blood loss and quicker recovery.

MetroHealth Newsroom article
News and Resources
New Device Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds
A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds-more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The MasSpec Pen is an innovative handheld instrument that gives surgeons precise diagnostic information about what tissue to cut or preserve, helping improve treatment and reduce the chances of cancer recurrence.
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First human cases of West Nile virus for 2017 confirmed in Michigan Activity is high throughout the State
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed the state's first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2017.  Four cases of WNV have been confirmed; two residents of Montcalm County, and one each from Oakland and Macomb Counties.  Their illness onsets range from August 6-11, and all have been hospitalized with neurologic disease.
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September 3, 2017, saw the passing of Roy Vomastek, DO
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April 27, 2017, saw the passing of John "Jack" Finley, Jr., DO
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April 23, 2017, saw the passing of Lloyd Mrstik, DO
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April 7, 2017, saw the passing of James "Jim" Herbert Growney Jr., DO
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March 23, 2017 saw the passing of Donald Boxman, DO
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January 4, 2017, saw the passing of John A. Walker, DO
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December 27, 2016 saw the passing of Max McKinney II, DO
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Todd Ross, Manager of Communications | 517.347.1555 ext. 120