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SUMMER 2015 COMMUNIQU 15 MOAMICHIGAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION Continue MOAs legacy of giving by Kristopher Thomas Nicholoff CEO and executive director Michigan Osteopathic Association In the ever-changing landscape of health care we are constantly faced with challenges the changes in technology insurance legislation and the health care system itself. In Michigan one of the more recent challenges is a drastic change in the funding of graduate medical education. Governor Rick Snyders 2016 budget proposal includes the elimination of general fund dollars for GME an issue that will affect both our members and the citizens of Michigan. It is imperative to inform our members of the issue and help them to let their voices be heard so as soon as the governor proposed the changes the MOA reached out to partners in advocacy. A consistent message was developed and each group began disseminating information to our members and the public. With a hashtag of GMEMatters the facts of the issue were presented via Facebook Twitter and through the MOA Action Alert webpage where we created an effort to have members and students at MSUCOM contact their legislators to share their concern. The result was hundreds of emails sent to Gov. Snyder and legislators across the state addressing the facts of the GME funding issue. The MOA partnership with other stakeholders who stand against the proposed funding cuts also resulted in a GME Advocacy Day. Physicians residents interns and stakeholders received a brieng before embarking on more than 75 visits with Michigan legislators. The GME issue is just one example of how legislative advocacy needs to work to address the changing landscape of health care. These efforts require information to be shared with physicians and their patients who will be most affected by the changes. In health care change is a constant. But the manner in which we maintain relationships with legislators our members and the public has also changed drastically. We now have the ability to connect with our network of members and stakeholders to inform them of the changes as they develop. While changes to health care in Michigan will continue our mission remains the same. We advocate for the profession and practices of our members as well as the communities they serve. MOA MSU COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE NAMES KIRSTEN WAARALA ASSISTANT DEAN Kirsten Waarala MSUCOM has named Kirsten Waarala D.O. as assistant dean for its southeastern Michigan sites. Based at MSUCOMs Macomb University Center site Waarala will assume administrative responsibility for college programs in southeast Michigan including developing collaborative relationships with leaders faculty and staff at all three sites supervising staff members responsible for implementing academic programs and student services functions and maintaining collaborative relationships with other leaders in southeast Michigan and on the East Lansing campus. Waarala was most recently the director of medical education at Garden City Hospital where she also served as an administrator in clinical informatics and quality. She previously served as the director of medical education and internship program director at Mount Clemens General Hospital now McLaren Macomb. She earned her bachelors degree from Central Michigan University and her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. Waarala completed an internship and then a residency in internal medicine both at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Trenton Michigan. She completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Botsford General Hospital now Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills Michigan. Dr. Waaralas leadership her technical knowledge and her considerable experience in working with residents and student doctors makes her an excellent t for this role said Dean William Strampel. She possesses an excellent mix of administrative and clinical skills and thoroughly understands the challenging world of medical education. Shell be a great addition to our college leadership team. Waarala has lectured in numerous professional settings and served on committees at Garden City and with the MSUCOM Statewide Campus System. She has been named a fellow of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators and a fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Waarala succeeds Kari Hortos D.O. who has moved into the role of chief academic ofcer for the MSUCOM Statewide Campus System.