Seeking safety

Violence against physicians is a reality.
Here's what you can do to protect yourself.

Assault and threats remain pervasive occupational safety hazards for health care professionals.

The murder of high-profile forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt, DO, was widely reported earlier this month after he was shot dead outside his office by a suspect who was allegedly disgruntled over his contentious divorce and custody battle. Dr. Pitt had previously conducted a court-ordered mental health evaluation on the suspect.

While coverage of Dr. Pitt's death made national news due to the high-profile murder investigations he was known for working on, violence against physicians and other health care workers happens regularly, often under the radar, and has been a continuing concern for the profession.

Troubling statistics
"Violence can be due to changes in health care laws and prescribing policies that are getting patients very upset," says Robert Piccinini, DO, a board-certified psychiatrist and AOA Trustee who has presented on the subject of violence in the workplace. "Physicians become the focus of their anger and angst."

A 2012 study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine tallied more than 150 shootings in health care facilities between 2000 and 2011. "The ED [emergency department] environs were the most common site (29%), followed by the parking lot (23%) and patient rooms (19%)," the study authors wrote. "Most events involved a determined shooter with a strong motive as defined by grudge (27%), suicide (21%), 'euthanizing' an ill relative (14%), and prisoner escape (11%)."

According to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 75% of the nearly 25,000 workplace assaults reported each year occur in health care and social service settings. Employees in health care settings are four times more likely to be victimized than those in private industry.

The opioid factor
New prescribing guidelines for opioids in some states add more limits for prescribing physicians, says Dr. Piccinini, which in turn angers patients. "A majority of [opioid] patients aren't doing anything wrong, but they're branded as drug-seeking," he says. "Doctors become the face of that, and that puts us at greater risk."

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LARA to host Facebook Live event to discuss MAPS rules

The Department of Licensing and Regulations (LARA) will host a "LARA Live" event on Facebook with LARA Deputy Director Kim Gaedeke. The event will be a live, video chat to discuss what the new MAPS legislation means for healthcare professionals. The video chat will also be archived on the LARA Facebook page for those who are unable to join the event.

Date: Thursday, June 28
Time: 9:00 am
Registration is not required for the event, however, viewers are required to have a Facebook account.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Safe Opioid Use Task Force has been working with LARA regarding the new regulations and addressing concerns raised by the Task Force, and by MOA members. The MOA will continue to work with membership and LARA in clarifying the new regulations. As some of the requirements overlook practical application and threaten to reduce the number of providers willing to treat pain management, the MOA is collecting comments and concerns from membership.

We ask ALL MOA members affected by the new regulations to please visit: for a list of LARA resources, contact information for MAPS support and a comment form to share concerns from you and your patients.

To contact MAPS directly:
Telephone: 517-373-1737
Fax: 517-241-5072

The Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association (MCOMA) recently held it's first Summer BBQ for the 1st and 2nd years students of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Macomb County Campus. The event was held at the home of Dr. James Clinton and his wife Denise. 

The students were treated to their choice of ribs, chicken, burgers, hot dogs or veggie burgers, all cooked by Dr. Robert Piccinini on his very large Lang Smoker/BBQ. The ribs fell off the bone and the chicken was moist and delicious, another great job by Dr. Piccinini.  

The weather was overcast with sprinkle a here and there, but that didn't put a damper on the group who played cornhole and volleyball between the rain drops. MCOMA board members Dr. Barbara Yakes, Dr. James Clinton, Dr. John Floreno, Dr. Kathy Rollinger, Dr. Robert Piccinini and Dr. Anthony Ognjan took time to visit and chat with the students, sharing their student experiences from long ago.

Everyone enjoyed spending time with MCOMA special guest, Dr. Kirsten Waarala, Assistant Dean of the Macomb County Campus of MSUCOM.  

The MCOMA Board would like to thank all those who attended, especially Dr. James Clinton and his wife, Denise for their hospitality, with special thanks to Dr. Robert Piccinini for spending 12 hours at the grill to make the BBQ the best it could be. 

How is the Michigan Osteopathic Association helping its members?

The Michigan Osteopathic Association recently renewed its partnership with SoFi, a leader in marketplace lending and the largest provider of student loan refinancing, with over $18 Billion student loans refinanced. They help ambitious professionals accelerate their success with student loan refinancing. Check your rates in two minutes at

SoFi's non-traditional underwriting approach considers merit and employment history among other factors to provide unique financial and investment products. They offer individual and institutional investors the ability to create positive social impact on the communities they care about while earning compelling rates of return.

As a MOA member you get:

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Get started by checking your rates in just two minutes at Aside from great rates and an easy experience, SoFi also offer awesome benefits-like unemployment protection and career support. They're here when you need them. In fact, they've been there to help our members in funding over $30 billion in loans to date.  SoFi offers a range of options to optimize your monthly payments, lifetime cost, or speed of pay off, all in addition to no fees and no catch.  What's not to like?

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Beaumont Doctors Team up for new podcast series: HouseCall

Two doctors from Beaumont Health are teaming up as co-hosts of a new a podcast delivering their healthcare-related wisdom. The podcast-"Beaumont HouseCall"-will focus on issues that Drs. Nick Gilpin and Asha Shajahan are often asked about by patients, such as vaccines, the Zika virus, antibiotics resistance, community health and sports injuries.

Seven episodes are already available on, iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud. The released episodes explore issues such as infectious diseases, community health, sports medicine and proton therapy.

MOA partners with Medical Opportunities Career Center

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has joined the Medical Opportunities network. This recruitment service is unique because as a non-profit, Medical Opportunities works on behalf of its member organizations to provide affordable and effective sourcing tools to support the recruitment needs of healthcare employers in diverse settings and communities throughout the Great Lakes area.

Physician jobs on Medical Opportunities are matched with your preferences of specialty and location. You'll receive email notifications each time a new job is posted that matches your search preferences. And you can log into the site at your convenience to search the physician jobs that meet your needs. Each physician opportunity on Medical Opportunities includes details about the location, community, job description and the contact information for the organization's recruiter or practice partner. You'll enjoy direct contact to the local recruitment expert who can provide additional details and answer your questions to help assess your level of interest in the opportunity.

Add Medical Opportunities to your list of trusted recruiting resources. Whether you are a private practice, a critical access hospital or a large health system, Medical Opportunities can aid you in finding the right candidate for your opportunities. Medical Opportunities delivers a customized matching algorithm connecting our database of candidates to your opportunities. Access candidate profiles, contact information and CVs. New candidates are registering each month. Search and contact physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are actively seeking an opportunity near you.

The MOA looks forward to providing a career center that benefits our members and the healthcare systems in our Strategic Partner network.

MOA Medical Opportunities
Spring Scientific Convention Resources
Link to Express Evaluations:
Your login will require your AOA Number
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The password is: moacme

Upon completion, your CME certificate will be available to print or save to your desktop. The MOA will submit CME to the AOA by July 1, 2018.

Speaker Presentations 
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Membership Dues Reminder

The 2018 dues for membership have been sent via email and through the USPS. Remember, your membership dues are 90% tax deductible and entitle you to discounts on convention CME, insurance and with MOA business partners. Don't delay! Renew your membership today!

 News and Resources

What The First Microscopes Teach Us About Electronic Health Records 
A commentary comparing the delayed adoption of microscopes in medicine to the current apprehension in EHR as a recent Harris survey of primary-care physicians confirms, showing that "on average, physicians spend a majority of their patient care time (62%) interacting with EHRs. This intensive relationship with EHRs takes a toll: seven out of ten physicians said that EHRs "greatly contribute to physician burnout" and nearly half believe EHRs detract from their clinical effectiveness."
Link: Fortune Magazine article

DO Resource & Potential Component Meeting Sponsor
Carr Healthcare Realty helps medical practices find real estate solutions that are tailored to physicians' needs at no charge. The group is open to sponsoring meetings in order to get a chance to speak and spread the word about their work. Contact Fred Schaard for more info at or 517-230-6424
 Upcoming Events

AOA Annual Business Meeting: July 19-22, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Those who were elected to serve at the AOA House of Delegates will represent the MOA to vote on policy. If you have questions on serving as a delegate or would like more information please contact Virginia at

Oakland County Osteopathic Association BBQ
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Location: 1951 Windside Dr., West Bloomfield

Autumn Scientific Convention: November 16-18, 2018 | Grand Rapids, MI
Location: Amway Grand Plaza
More information and registration available at:

Ingham Osteopathic Association (IOA) Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Times: 6pm
Location: The University Club

120th Annual Spring Scientific Convention: May 16-19, 2019 | Southfield, MI
Location: Westin Southfield Detroit
More information will be available January 2019

May 31, 2018 saw the passing of Steven Pitt, DO
April 9, 2018, saw the passing of Paul Thomas, DO
March 15, 2018, saw the passing of Alice Kathleen Shanaver, DO
January 26, 2018, saw the passing of Henry F. Marcus, DO

January 23, 2018, saw the passing of Edward A. Loniewski, DO, FACOS, FAOAO
January 9, 2018, saw the passing of David A. Kellam, DO
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