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16COMMUNIQUFALL2014DEVELOPMENTMOAMOAMICHIGANOSTEOPATHICASSOCIATIONProtectyourprofessionwithpoliticalactivismbyKristopherThomasNicholoffCEOandexecutivedirectorMichiganOsteopathicAssociationInthisyearofunprecedentedlegislativethreatsandanelectionjustdaysawaythereisnothingmoreessentialtousthanyourpoliticalactivism.Wemusthelpelectpro-physiciancandidateswhowillmakeeducateddecisionsonissuesthatmayaffectthewayyoupracticemedicine.ThisiswhytheMichiganOsteopathicAssociationMOAexiststoprotectpromoteandadvocatefortheosteopathiccommunity.TheMOAdoesthisinmanywaysbutarguablythemostimportantisourworkattheMichiganStateCapitol.TheMichiganOsteopathicPoliticalActionCommitteeMOPACghtstoelectandre-electpro-physiciancandidatesthroughdirectcontributionsvotereducationandtargetedpoliticalactivism.MOPACallowsosteopathicmedicalstudentsandD.O.sinMichigantocombineresourcestohelpelectcandidatesforstateofcewhodemonstrateapositiveconcernforthoseissuesimportanttotheosteopathicprofession.MOPACisnotafliatedwithanypoliticalpartyandisorganizedandoperatedonanon-partisanindependentbasis.MOPACisthesolepoliticalactioncommitteerepresentingosteopathicmedicalstudentsandphysiciansinMichiganandisgovernedbyosteopathicmedicalstudentsandphysicians.ThepoliticalactivitiesarefundedbythevoluntarycontributionsofMOAmemberswhichmakeitpossibletohavesignicantimpactinelections.Weknowyourtimeandresourcesarelimited.Howeveryourpoliticalactivismisessentialtohelpelectcandidatesthatrepresentyouandyourosteopathicprofession.Pleasemakeadifferencetodaybyvisitinghttpmi-osteopathic.orgJoinMOPACandcontributeasmuchorasoftenasyoucan.Youcantaffordnotto.Rememberwecanonlyprotectourprofessionwithyoursupport.JosephPyshHonoringthepastbyensuringthefuturebyPatGrauerJayneWardDavidKaufmanandJoePyshallfromtheDepartmentofNeurologyandOphthalmologywereamongthoserecentlycelebratingasuccessfulresidencyrecruitmentseason.WardsfriendJimiYoungattheendoftheeveninghadaquestion.JoePyshiscommittedtoeducationandexcitedabouttheresidentsandclerkshipsandstudents.HaveyoueverdonesomethingtohonorhimThequeryresonatedforWarda1996MSUCOMalumnaandanassociateprofessorinthedepartmentbecausePyshhadnotonlybeenafacultycolleaguebutoneofherinstructors.ItalsowasattractivetoKaufmanchairpersonwhohadseenPyshsworkandcan-doattitudeclose-upforyears.AsaresultthetwodecidedtocreatetheJosephPyshD.O.Ph.D.EndowedScholarshipinhishonorandsolicitedsupportfromfacultystaffalumniandfriendsofthedepartment.Theypresentedittohimthisspringasasurprise.JoewasalwaystherstpersontostepupthersttohelpinanyendeavorsaidWard.HesaprofessoremeritusrightnowbutitstypicalofhimthathestillworksninemonthsayearteachingOST571NeuromusculoskeletalSystemandworkswithresidents.Pyshwhoretiredin2008isaneurologistandneuroanatomistwhomaintainedactiveresearchteachingandclinicalpracticesasaprofessor.HejoinedMSUCOMin1986asanassociateprofessorofinternalmedicineafter20yearsofserviceonthefacultyinthethenDepartmentofCellBiologyandAnatomyatNorthwesternUniversitysmedicalanddentalschoolsinChicago..HisresearchinterestsincludeenvironmentalinuencesonbraindevelopmentcellularmechanismsinsynaptictransmissionstrokeParkinsonsdiseaseandmovementdisordersandepilepsy.Heistheauthorofnumerouspeer-reviewedpublicationseducationalvideosandinvitedpresentationsandheldanumberofNationalInstitutesofHealthresearchgrants.ButitwasPyshscommitmenttohistraineesthatwasmostmemorablehespentasubstantialamountoftimeeducatingmastersanddoctoralstudentsandprovidingclinicaleducationforinternsresidentsandfellows.JosephPyshrepresentspeoplewhoareutterlyloyaltotheirprofessionandcollegesaidKaufman.HehasservedMSUCOManditsstudentsneverwaveringinhisdevotiontoteachingyoungdoctors.Healsoprovidesoutstandingneurologicalcaretohispatients.Bestofallheinspiresthepeoplearoundhimtodothingstherightway.ThePyshscholarshipswillbeawardedtothird-yearMSUCOMstudentswithademonstratedinterestinneurologyandwhohaveperformedwellintheirrequiredthird-yearneurologyclerkship.BecauseweareveryluckytohaveJoePyshamonguswehaveaninterestinhonoringhimandallthathestandsforbydevelopingthisscholarshipinhisname.WebelievestudentsnowanddeepintothefutureshouldbeveryawareofthequalitiesherepresentsKaufmansaid.TodonatetotheJosephPyshD.O.Ph.D.EndowedScholarshippleaseeitherContactMSUCOMsOfceofDevelopmentat517-355-8355andprovideacreditcardnumberSendacheckmadeouttoMichiganStateUniversitytoChristopherSurian965FeeRoadRoomA310EastLansingMI48824orGoonlinetomakeyourgiftathttpwww.givingto.msu.edugive.cfmAskthatyourgiftbecreditedtoaccountAS2620.ThankyouJosephPysh