September 24, 2019             
MOA and Tri-County Component Societies Host Leg Huddle

Thanks to all the legislators and physicians who joined the Component Societies from Wayne, Oakland County and Macomb counties for the MOA Legislative Huddle in Detroit.
Special thanks to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Amalfitano for joining in.

The MOA will host the 15th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Nov. 8 - 10, 2019. Network with colleagues, visit the Scientific Research Exhibit Competition and visit with exhibitors during a compelling and educational weekend. This event has seen tremendous growth since its humble beginnings in 2004. Educational CME opportunity to earn 24-26 AOA Category 1-A credits. The MOA has a limited number of rooms reserved with a group rate discount at the Amway Grand Plaza (link is below).

Autumn Convention SRE Competition

The Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition is accepting submissions. Cash prizes and awards await SRE presenters. The Autumn Convention SRE in Grand Rapids is growing each year. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019 . Participants notified by October 11 of acceptance
Competition is Saturday, November 9. 

Scientific Research Exhibit competition submissions
Terrie Taylor, DO 
Terrie Taylor, DO, will present on International Medicine.  Dr. Taylor's battle against malaria, which she refers to as the "Voldemort of parasites," has been waged since 1986.   

An internationally recognized scientist and physician, Terrie spends six months of the year in the African nation of Malawi, conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children.  

The MOA Autumn Scientific Convention will host Dr. Taylor's presentation, "International Medicine," on Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:15 - 2:15 pm in the Ambassador East room.
Dr. Terrie Taylor TEDx Talk
MOA Autumn Scientific Convention

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Enacted

In 2018 the Michigan's Governor signed into law Public Act 524 of 2018 and Public Act 563 of 2018 which made Michigan a member of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission (IMLCC). The compact allows physicians (both DOs and MDs) who are licensed in other compact member states the ability to get licensed easier in the State of Michigan based on having a compact license. It also allows Michigan physicians to get licensed in other compact member states.

This program was implemented September 24, 2019, so Michigan physicians, and physicians in other compact states, will be able to take advantage of the IMLCC.

The MOA joins CPAN and others to harness the enthusiasm, tenacity, and commitment so many have voiced to continue fighting to ensure that those injured in auto accidents can receive the care they need to recover. There is a long road ahead to either improve or repeal the recently enacted law, PA 21: the Michigan Auto Insurance Law. The public needs to know just exactly what choices they will be able to make and be aware of the risks they are now exposed to whenever they enter a vehicle.

Join Michigan Brain Injury Providers Council (MBIPC), Concerned Association of Patients and Providers (CAPP), Brain Injury Association of MI (BIAMI), CPAN and thousands of members, organizations, and survivors on September 25, 2019 as we rally in front of Michigan's State Capitol. Doors open at 9:00 AM at the Lansing Center, 10:00 AM check-in with pre-rally activities, 10:30 AM Pep-Rally followed by a march down Michigan Ave. to the Capitol steps at 11:00 AM with a rally and speakers to follow at 11:30 AM. Rally concludes about 12:30 PM.

More doctors are choosing to work part-time
DOs share how they made the switch from full-time to part-time and what this change has meant for their quality of life.

When Errin Weisman, DO, was practicing family medicine full time, every day felt like a battle to stay afloat.
"It was like the days I was in the clinic, I was diving to the bottom of the pool," she says. "The days that I was off, it was like I'd come up for a fresh breath of air."

Long shifts and endless rounds of grinding through an electronic medical records system and seeking prior authorizations on the phone had worn down the Indiana-based physician.
Recognizing that she was burned out, Dr. Weisman switched from full-time work to part-time hours. That was four years ago. These days, she typically spends between two and five hours in the mornings working as an attending physician at Crossroads Behavioral Health Hospital in Huntingburg, Indiana. In the afternoons, she works as a life coach and podcaster at   Truth Prescriptions. And she is much happier.
"I still get to take care of patients and I still get to practice without the time burden," she says. "I feel like I have a life outside of the office-like I'm an actual person."

A growing trend
Dr. Weisman is among a growing number of doctors adding part-time work to their resumes.

Some look to part-time gigs as a source of "side income" and continue to work full-time jobs as well. But many others downshift permanently to a part-time schedule, says Travis Singleton, executive vice president at Merritt Hawkins, a physician search and recruitment firm.

Nearly 10 percent of physicians reported working 30 hours or less per week-including clinical and nonclinical tasks-in 2018, according to a joint   survey  of about 700,000 doctors by Merritt Hawkins and the Physicians Foundation. That's a 16% increase from the number of physicians working 30 hours or less weekly in 2012.
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The MOA joined numerous medical organizations to support Michigan's efforts to limit the spread of vaping to children. In this "Throwback Thursday" we hoped to remind folks that marketing dangerous products to children was once an acceptable practice. Times have changed.

Twitter post
Press Statement from the MOA
Join Team ADAMSTRONG to Fight Melanoma!

MOA Board of Trustee Adam Hunt, DO, is a survivor of Stage IV Melanoma. But his fight is not over. Dr. Hunt has joined the AIM Melanoma Foundation to raise awareness and research funding in the battle against melanoma.
Sunday, October 6th, 2019 * 9:00 am
Kensington Metropark

Please take a moment to visit the ADAMSTRONG page of the AIM KDB Melanoma 5K Run/Walk event. You can participate as a Walker or Runner, OR as a Virtual Walker or Runner. Help us get one step closer to ending melanoma!

2019 Annual
Immunization Conferences

The event will include:

Learning about current vaccine recommendations

Updates about immunization in Michigan

Network with professionals

Hear from immunization experts and champions


This event is for:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, public health staff, pharmacists, medical and nursing students, practice managers, and other health care professionals who are interested in learning more about current immunization practice in Michigan.
2019 Schedule
Oct. 8 - Marquette
Oct. 10 - Grayling
Oct. 29 - Grand Rapids
Oct. 30 - Kalamazoo
Nov. 1 - Flint
Nov. 5 - Lansing
Nov. 7 - Rochester
Nov. 8 - Dearborn

State takes action to halt Eastern Equine Encephalitis

State residents are being strongly advised by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to protect themselves from mosquito bites as four additional cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in Southwest Michigan - including two that were fatal.

MDHHS is encouraging local officials in the five Southwest Michigan counties that have been impacted by human EEE cases and St. Joseph, Genesee and Lapeer counties - which have had animal EEE cases - to consider postponing, rescheduling or cancelling outdoor
activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly activities that involve children. This would
include events such as late evening sports practices or games or outdoor music practices.
The MDHHS recommendation is being made out of an abundance of caution to protect the
public health and applies until the first hard frost of the year.

All Michigan residents can stay healthy by following these steps to avoid mosquito bites:
· Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency-registered product to exposed skin or clothing,
and always follow the manufacturer's directions for use.
· Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to
clothing to help prevent bites.
· Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
· Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets,
unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
· Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

MDHHS webpage on Eastern Equine Encephalitis
 Upcoming Events

MHA Safety and Quality Symposium
September 26, 2019
Troy, MI - Detroit Marriott Troy
Link: MHA Safety Quality Symposium 
KDB Melanoma 5K Run/Walk  
9:00 am, October 6, 2019
Kensington Metropark, Milford MI
Link: KDB ADAMSTRONG Team page
Ingham County Osteopathic Association General Membership Meeting 
6:00 pm, October 15, 2019 
East Lansing, MSU Campus, Kellogg Center - Corniche Room
MOA 15th  Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
November 8-10, 2019
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan 
24 AOA 1-A credits
Fulford's Basic Percussion Hammer Course
November 22-24, 2019
Sheraton Novi Detroit 
Novi, Michigan
22 AOA 1-A credits 
AOBNMM specialty credits anticipated
Thanks for the support!
2020 Membership Dues

The MOA would like to thank those who have sent in their 2020 dues and remind others your dues invoices have been emailed and mailed.

Online: Login to the MOA Membership only section of the website:

Phone: Call the MOA at 517/347-1555
Since 1898 the MOA has relied on the support of its members. Thank you for your continued support and all you DO for your profession!

August 8, 2019, saw the passing of Arno Schury, DO
July 31, 2019, saw the passing of Patrick W. Lafleur, DO
Click here for a local obituary
July 26, 2019, saw the passing of Martin Landis, DO
Click here for a local obituary  
April 28, 2019, saw the passing of Donald, "Dr. Don," Arlinsky, DO
Click here for a local obituary 
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