MOA Convention 2012
by Nicholas Bruckman
Osteopathic physicians from all over Michigan assembled in Dearborn for the annual Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Scientific Convention from May 16-18. Hosted in the Hyatt Regency, the convention welcomed osteopathic physicians, colleges and invited MSUCOM students.
Along with representing more than 8,000 physicians and students, the MOA provides a forum for many of the attendees to present their scientific research. Hosting nearly 200 exhibitors, the osteopathic convention is one of the largest in the state, providing many opportunities for both students and alumni to interact.
Students who attended the conference were presented with a unique opportunity to network with osteopathic physicians as well as learn more about the profession. One conference aimed for third-year students, detailed preparation for residencies, including advice for dos and don'ts. Students also learned about the political nature of the healthcare system.
Education for doctors came in the form of CME hours, discussion about impactful legislative updates and changes to the Michigan Osteopathic Association.
MSUCOM's college reception was held on the evening of May 17, allowing alumni to reunite and mingle with current MSUCOM students, faculty and staff.
The MOA also welcomed its new president elect, Edward J. Canfield (MSUCOM class of '88). Dr. Canfield has been a family physician for 18 years and works with his wife, Cheryl Canfield, DO, in Sebewaing, Michigan. Canfield will become the 114th president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association.