Osteopathic Community Morns the loss of two leaders

It is with a heavy heart the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) shares the news of the passing of Lawrence "Larry" Abramson, DO, MPH on December 26, 2017 and Davie A. Kellam, DO, on January 9, 2018. Dr. Abramson was an extraordinary
Dr. Larry Abramson
force in the MOA, serving as a board of trustee, as well as
Dr. David A. Kellam
serving on a number of committees and being a mentor to aspiring leaders, physicians and medical students.

Dr. Kellam was also an educational force, serving for almost 50 years as Chairman of Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital's radiology department and providing daily, 7:00 am lectures to his radiology residents. Over the years Dr. Kellam trained over 100 radiologists who now carry on his legacy.

"The osteopathic profession has lost two extremely valuable educators, leaders, and friends. Their contributions to education, patient care and leadership in health policy were immeasurable and their influence will be sorely missed by many organizations and the people that they touched," said Bruce Wolf, DO FACOR, and Past President of the MOA.

MOA Website and Event registration upgrade

The Michigan Osteopathic Association will be upgrading the domoa.org website and the membership database over the next two weeks. Membership login will be suspended during this time in order to complete the upgrade. The new system promises to provide a more intuitive environment making it easier to access profile information, pay membership dues and register for events.

We appreciate your patience and we look forward to a more efficient system in 2018. If you have questions regarding the upgrade, contact:
Todd Ross

OCOMA Presents: 
LARA Made Simple: Latest requirements in less than a day

The Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association is pleased to offer a one-stop educational program. In one day, this program will meet LARA licensing requirements for:
- Training Standards for Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
- Education on Pain and Symptom Management
- Medical Ethics

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Registration begins at 7:30 AM with a hot breakfast and lunch included.

Location: DMC-MSU
4707 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
(Old Hutzel Bldg., ground floor, Classroom CG28)

OCOMA Members: $60.00
Non- OCOMA Members: $150.00
At the door - $175.00

Register online
LARA Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery website
MOA Student Liaison Committee Meets for 2018

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Student Liaison Committee held a 'meet and greet' in Brighton, MI. The East Lansing, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and the Macomb University Center (MUC) campuses of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) met to review 2017 and plan for 2018. The topics included the MOA Presidential Lunch, the Governmental Affairs Lunch and the Student Track for the MOA's 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention to be held in May.
MSUCOM Student Liaison Class of 2020
MSUCOM Student Liaison Class of 2022
The MOA reaches out to MSUCOM through the Student Liaisons and by seating a student as a member of the MOA Board of Trustees.

"Once again we have a wonderful group of students. Year after year, it amazes me how energized and engaged this group is," said Terry Trombley, MOA Staff Support for the Student Liaison Committee.   

Student Liaison Committee

Career opportunities! The McLaren Health Care system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 450-member employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana. Click here to view the career opportunities throughout Michigan.

MAPS Now Equipped with Real-time Data Analysis

The new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) is now equipped with Appriss Health's NarxCare, a data analysis solution to improve patient care and combat the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

As of December 2017, health professionals can access NarxCare within the Appriss Health PMP AWARxE platform. NarxCare is a robust analytics and care management solution that automatically analyzes MAPS data and a patient's health history, and provides an interactive visualization of usage patterns to help identify potential risk factors. MAPS is administered by the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Physician shortages have states offering perks to new doctors. Is it working?

The competition to entice physicians to stay put is just beginning. Medical schools, hospitals and state legislators are forgiving student loan debt, establishing mentorships and doing whatever it takes to keep physicians newly finished with residency in their states.

On the high end, California-a state with many open positions-keeps about 70% of residents and fellows trained in-state. Smaller states like New Hampshire, where jobs are more difficult to find, retain 28% of doctors after training.  The data comes from the Association of American Medical Colleges's 2017 State Physician Workforce Data Report.

Find out the strategies states are using to attract and keep physicians and explore the interactive chart of where they end up settling compared to where they finish their graduate medical education on Stat News.
CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award! The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.

Immunization champions can include coalition members, parent advocates, healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants), and other immunization leaders who meet the award criteria. Self-nominations are welcome, or you may submit an application for a deserving individual.

State immunization program managers, state and federal government employees of health agencies, individuals who have been affiliated with and/or employed by pharmaceutical companies, and those who have already received the award are not eligible to apply.

Awardees will be announced during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), which runs April 21-28 in 2018. Champions will receive a certificate of recognition, will be featured on CDC's web site, and will be recognized by MDHHS.

Please submit completed nominations to the MDHHS Division of Immunization, Attention: Stefanie Cole (coles4@michigan.gov) no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.

News & Resource Links

MOA's Dr. Morrone Appointed to Impaired Driving Safety Commission
The Impaired Driving Safety Commission was created to research the level of ingested medical marihuana/THC that may affect safe driving. The commission is housed within the Department of State Police and will exist until it submits a final report to the Governor, Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House or until March 21, 2019.
Link: Governor Rick Snyder Announcement

Osteopathic medical profession adds 6,000 new DOs in 2017
Number of DOs in the U.S. now stands at 108,118, a 68 percent increase since 2007.

Hepatitis A Southeast Michigan Outbreak
Public health officials and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are continuing to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases in Southeast Michigan. -

January 9, 2018, saw the passing of David A. Kellam, DO
December 26, 2017, saw the passing of Lawrence "Larry" Abramson, DO 
September 3, 2017, saw the passing of Roy Vomastek, DO
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August 30, 2017, saw the passing of Donald "Doc" R. Barbachym, DO 
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June 3, 2017, saw the passing of Charles Alan Slagle, DO 
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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Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association
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