The Michigan State University television station, WKAR, presented a screening and panel discussion of the film- The Feminine Touch: The Struggle for Equality in Medicine. The film is an original documentary by WEDU in Tampa Bay Florida and the Public Broadcasting Service. Using interviews and historical photographs, the film focuses on the history of osteopathic medicine and how the unconventional A.T. Still was brazen enough to accept women applicants when he founded A.T. Still University.
With a variety of insight from various DO's and historians, the film chronicles the challenges osteopathic medicine faced in gaining acceptance. At the same time, the film shows the parallel struggle of women becoming physicians and being accepted in the healthcare community. The story is well presented with a wealth of historic photos and comments from a number of female leaders.
The evening included questions and conversation as panelists commented on the film and their personal experiences.

The panelists for the event included: Shirley A Harding, DO,; Stephanie Chavez-Yenter, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine student; Emily K. Hurst, DO, FACOI; Rachel Young, DO. The panel was moderated by Kirsten Waarala, DO, assistant dean at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's Macomb University Center site.

Each of the panelists explained their motivation for becoming a DO and the resistance they faced, both institutionally and from family and friends. The common thread that connected the panelists and the women highlighted in the film was while osteopathic medicine accepted female students on equal footing as males, there were still resistance that could only be overcome with hard work.

In the Mid-Michigan area, The Feminine Touch: The Struggle for Equality in Medicine will air Sunday, December 10 at 5pm on WKAR HD and Monday, December 4 at 11pm on WKAR World.    
Now Accepting Resolutions for House of Delegates
The 2018 Michigan Osteopathic Association House of Delegates will meet on Thursday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Westin Southfield Detroit. If you have resolutions you wish to submit to the 2018 House of Delegates, you can now do so via the MOA website.  
Visit the House of Delegates webpage by clicking HERE.
(Note: You must be logged in to access  the House of Delegates web page).

Any MOA member in good standing may author a resolution; however, introduction of resolutions to the House of Delegates is limited to delegates, alternate-seated delegates, component associations, MOA Departments, Councils, or Board of Trustees. Non-delegate status members in good standing should contact their component association for assistance in identifying an appropriate channel for resolution introduction.   

The following links can provide guidelines and instructions:
SAMPLE RESOLUTION -   For an example of proper formatting  
SUBMITTING RESOLUTIONS - For an overview and guidelines for submitting a resolution  
HOD RESOLUTION FORM  To submit resolutions 

Work with your component society if you are interested in submitting a resolution or serving as a delegate. The deadline for submitting resolutions, and delegate names, is March 18, 2018
For more information please contact: 
Virginia Bernero 
517/347-1555 ext. 103
Improving CME Sessions: Audience Participation Tool Survey

The MOA is working to implement an audience participation tool for the Spring and Autumn Conventions. The tool would allow the audience to respond to questions, ask questions and participate in surveys and polls.

If you have attended an event and used an audience participation tool you found easy-to-use we are hoping to get your insight.

Please share your perspective in a quick, 3-question survey. All comments are welcome.

Link: Audience Participation Tool Survey

A Season of Giving: 
AMOA Tree of Peace Fundraiser

The Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) are once again presenting a very special opportunity to remember that special person while supporting the programs of the Advocates. The Tree of Peace is a fundraising program held annually where donors can honor their loved ones through ornaments and lights.

The Tree of Peace will be displayed in the lobby of the offices of the Michigan Osteopathic Association for the month of December in Okemos.

All proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit our ongoing projects in support of the Osteopathic Profession. One such project, the Distracted Driving Simulator, continues to gain attention, and we are to reaching out across the state to interested hospitals, service organizations and schools.

There are three ways to give:
* A Shining Light : For a $10.00 minimum donation, a Light is dedicated in Memory of Honor of your loved one.
* A Keepsake Ornament : For a $40.00 minimum donation, a Keepsake Ornament will be placed on the Tree.
* A Tree of Peace Sponsorship : For a $100.00 minimum donation, a Keepsake Ornament will be placed on the tree plus you will receive that Keepsake Ornament when the tree is taken down in January.


Physicians Can Be at Risk When Homebound Patients Refuse Help

Physicians are focusing on treatment plans that include the kind of care patients need at home. However, physicians face potential liability when patients refuse help that is offered or neglect to follow up as instructed.

"Patient behaviors were contributing factors in 25 percent of internal medicine closed claims studied by The Doctors Company."

The Doctor's Company with an article on how to protect yourself and your patient.
Doctor's Company 'Homebound Patient' article

The MHA Keystone Center Speak-up Award

Launched in March 2016, the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award is designed to acknowledge the efforts of individuals or teams within MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization hospitals who speak-up to prevent potential harm to patients or other staff members. The award not only represents a volitional voicing of concerns by one or more people, but is a tool through which one may eliminate preventable harm caused by miscommunication and non-communication.

Nominate individuals by Jan. 25 for the Quarter 1 MHA Keystone Center Speak-up!
News & Resource Links

Beaumont Health and Wellness News:
Tips For Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace 
Open enrollment for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace has a smaller window of opportunity as enrollments started Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15, 2017. Beaumont Health has a great page on FAQ's and a list of Enrollment Fairs.  

Karmanos Cancer Institute presents its 2017 Heroes of Cancer
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute presented its 2017 Heroes of Cancer at an awards ceremony held Nov. 15, recognizing champions in 15 award categories: individuals and organizations that inspire and raise awareness of cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship; and who help advance cancer research.
Link: Full story on Heroes of Cancer

ENTs and the Changing Face of Sleep Medicine: Brett Scotch, DO, FAOCO
Sleep medicine is among the newest fields in medicine, but it is already steeped in its own traditions, including that it is primarily thought of as a subspecialty under pulmonology. But non-pulmonologists also pursue sleep medicine certification and can bring a fresh perspective.
Link: Full story on ENTs and the Changing Face of Sleep Medicine

Tips for prepping your Match rank order list
Three experts on the matching process explain how it works and the most important factors students need to keep in mind as they prepare their lists.
Link: The DO article on 'Tips for prepping'
TRIAD Online Fall Issue 
The Michigan Osteopathic Association Fall TRIAD Online  theme is "Care is What We DO," featuring an article and photos focused on the MSUCOM Peru Global Outreach Project.  
Also in this issue: 
- Spartan Street Medicine
- MOA Autumn Convention Highlights
- Gov. Appoints DO's to commissions and boards
- National ID Card for Healthcare Professionals
TRIAD Fall Issue

September 3, 2017, saw the passing of Roy Vomastek, DO
Click here for a local obituary 
Click here for a local news story  
August 30, 2017, saw the passing of Donald "Doc" R. Barbachym, DO 
Click here for local obituary
June 3, 2017, saw the passing of Charles Alan Slagle, DO 
April 27, 2017, saw the passing of John "Jack" Finley, Jr., DO
Click here for local obituary

April 23, 2017, saw the passing of Lloyd Mrstik, DO   
Click here for a 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
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