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  This is a bi-weekly blog to keep you informed of issues and events pertaining to the osteopathic profession in Washington. We invite you to submit topics or articles of interest to your colleagues for consideration. Submissions may be emailed to

Governor seeks
DO Board Applicants

The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (Board). They currently have one professional member vacancy. 

In addition to the current vacancy, they anticipate filling four more positions following the passage of Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1431. SHB 1431 passed the legislature and will add four members, expanding the current seven-member board to 11 members. The bill adds one public member, who must not have a financial or fiduciary relationship to a health care delivery system; one osteopathic physician assistant who has been in active practice in Washington State for at least five years; and two osteopathic physicians who have been in active practice in Washington State for at least five years. They anticipate filling those positions once the law takes effect at the end of July. 

They are looking for public-spirited people willing to study the issues and to make decisions in the public’s best interest.   They seek diversity in board and commission members and recognize the value variety brings in understanding and serving the people of Washington State. They seek candidates with diverse backgrounds and those who provide geographic representation throughout the state. All board members must be U.S. citizens and residents of Washington State. 

The Board meets about six times a year. Typically, meetings are scheduled on a Friday in the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Meetings typically occur in the Seattle area, but they may also be held in the Olympia/Tumwater area or elsewhere around the state. The Board operates under legislative mandate to protect the health and safety of the public, and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under its jurisdiction. 

If you are interested in applying for an appointment to the Board, please complete the application at:

Please submit applications, along with a current resume by May 15, 2017. 

Register Today and Save $50!

Today is the last day you can save $50 on the registration fee for the 104th Annual NW Osteopathic Convention.  See information below.

Although the WOMA room block at Semiahmoo has been released, there are still some rooms available.  For assistance in obtaining the best available rate, use the contact below and tell them you are with the WOMA convention.

Jacob Brubaker
Front Office Manager 

Kristina Siebol 
Group Coordinator 

FDA Drug Safety Communication
on Codeine pain and cough
medicines and
Tramadol pain medicines

FDA is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. We are also recommending against using codeine and tramadol medicines in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants.

Codeine is approved to treat pain and cough, and tramadol is approved to treat pain. These medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children. These medicines should also be limited in some older children. Single-ingredient codeine and all tramadol-containing products are FDA-approved only for use in adults. We are also recommending against the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants.

As a result, we are requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription medicines containing these drugs. These new actions further limit the use of these medicines beyond our 2013 restriction of codeine use in children younger than 18 years to treat pain after surgery to remove the tonsils and/or adenoids. Read the full Drug Safety Communication 

CME Needs Assessment Survey
WOMA’s annual CME needs assessment survey needs your participation to help us determine future topics, speakers and locations for Category 1-A CME programs.  Please take a few moments of your time to share your CME preferences in this brief survey below. 
104th Annual NW Osteopathic Convention
Registration is Now Open!
  Please join us for the 2017 WOMA Convention at Semiahmoo Resort May 4-7, 2017.
Click the link below register online. 

Can't get away? Check out our LiveStream options through DO∙CME below:

Break outside of the ordinary and earn up to 22 AOA Category 1-A continuing medical education (CME) credit virtually anywhere online through your laptop, tablet or smartphone. You're invited to attend the 104th Annual NW Osteopathic Convention 2017 Primary Care Update via live online stream, May 4-7, 2017

Click HERE to purchase full program at a reduced rate, or view the individual sessions below.

Online Streaming Options (Please note that the times published online are in CENTRAL Time)

May 4th PM Sessions (6:15pm-8:15pm Central) | 2 AOA 1-A CME Credits
May 5th AM Sessions (9:30am-2:30pm Central) | 4 AOA 1-A CME Credits
May 5th PM Sessions (4:00pm-8:15pm Central) | 4 AOA 1-A CME Credits
May 6th AM Sessions (9:30am-2:30pm Central) |  4 AOA 1-A CME Credits
May 6th PM Sessions (3:30pm-5:30pm Central) | 2 AOA 1-A CME Credits
May 7th AM Sessions (10:00am-2:30pm Central) | 4 AOA 1-A CME Credits

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