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16COMMUNIQUWINTER2015ALUMNIMSUCOMALUMNAMYRALROBBINSLEADSMOATheMichiganOsteopathicAssociationinstalled1976MSUCOMalumnaMyralR.RobbinsD.O.FAAFPFACOFPasits116thpresidentduringitsannualHouseofDelegatesmeetinginDetroitinMay.RobbinsisboardcertiedinfamilymedicineandwasMyralRobbinstakesthehelmaspresidentoftheMOAduringtheMayHouseofDelegatesmeeting.awardedfellowshipstatusbyboththeAmericanAcademyofFamilyPhysiciansandtheAmericanCollegeofOsteopathicFamilyPhysicians.SheisagraduateoftheAmericanOsteopathicAssociation-OhioUniversityCollegeofOsteopathicMedicineHeritageFoundationNationalHealthPolicyFellowshipandtheMSUCOMFacultyDevelopmentFellowship.ShehasservedaspresidentoftheMSUCOMAlumniAssociationBoardisapast-presidentoftheMichiganAssociationofOsteopathicFamilyPhysiciansandwasthefoundingosteopathicprogramdirectorofthefamilymedicineresidencyatMichiganStateUniversityKalamazooCenterforMedicalStudiesnowWesternMichiganUniversitySchoolofMedicine.Dr.RobbinshasservedontheMOAsBoardofTrusteessince2007.ShehasbeenactiveintheosteopathicprofessionatthestateandnationallevelincludingservingonAmericanOsteopathicAssociationcouncilsandbureausrelatedtomedicaleducationhealthpolicyandmedicalquality.STARTTHEQUESTFORYOURPROFESSIONALLEGACYStephenSwetechOnceAndrewTaylorStillunfurledthebannerofosteopathyin1874theprofessionnow140yearsoldhasbeenchallengedbytheforcesofpoliticssocialperceptionsorganizedmedicinemoneyedinterestsandsimpleprejudice.ButasDeanWilliamStrampelremindedusintheA.T.StillMemorialLecturetotheAmericanOsteopathicAssociationthisyearchangecanbepositiveandosteopathicmedicinehasalteredthefaceofmedicalpracticeforever.Ourinsistenceformorethanacenturyhasbeenontheimportanceofstructureandfunctionpatient-centeredholisticapproachespreventivecarefamilymedicinecommunityintegration.Thesepreceptsnownewlydiscoveredbyothershaveprovenandareprovingtheirworthtohealing.Osteopathicmanipulativemedicineoncedisdainedisgainingworldwiderecognition.Wearenotthreatened.Weareconquering.Ourtasknowasclinicalpracticesandthescienceofmedicinechangedailyistopreserveourartofmedicineandourpoweroftouch.Wearetheprofessionthatneedstosustaincommunicationpatientrightssensitivehumanhumaninteractionjusticeforthemedicallyunderservedandosteopathicmanipulativemedicineteachingitalltofuturegenerationsofphysicians.ThatswhysupportfortheMSUCollegeofOsteopathicMedicineissoimportant.Theinvestmentweasalumnimakeinouralmamaterisaninvestmentinthecontinuationofourvaluesandthewaywepractice.MSUismovingfromthepremierland-grantcollegetothepremierworld-grantuniversity.MSUCOMismovingfromastrugglingprivateschoolinPontiactosustainingprogramsonvecontinents.Thisgrowthhascomeinlargepartbecauseofthevisionandgenerosityofdonorstothecollege.RememberMSUCOMisthevoicethatempowersuswithourrighttopracticeosteopathicmedicineandtreatourpatientsworldwideandastrongcollegewillhaveastrongvoice.Thinkaboutyourlegacy.HowwouldyouliketoberememberedWhatdoyouvalueinyourprofessionthatyoudliketoensureforthefutureWhomwouldyouliketohonorwithyourphilanthropyNowisagoodtimetoseekanswersforthesequestions.ToparaphrasePresidentKennedyAsknotwhatyourcollegecandoforyoubutwhatyoucandoforyourcollege.SpartanosteopathicphysiciansandsupportersstepupandbecountedWeatMSUCOMneedyoursupporttopromoteosteopathicmedicine.PleasecontactChrisSurianwithMSUCOMAdvancementat517-355-8355.ThankyouStephenM.SwetechD.O.Classof1986MSUCOMAlumniAssociationPresident