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COMMUNIQU COMMUNIQU Volume 43 Issue 2 Copyright 2015 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Published three times per year by the Office of Public Relations East Fee Hall 965 Fee Road Room A306 East Lansing MI 48824 To contact Public Relations 517-353-0616 www.com.msu.edu MANAGING EDITOR Laura Probyn EDITOR Pat Grauer DESIGN Ann Cook PHOTOGRAPHY Ann Cook Beth Courey Jim Hastings Alan Pion Laura Probyn Margaret Rosenthal CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Colleen Kniffen Sarah Mancuso Kristopher Thomas Nicholoff Stephen M. Swetech D.O. EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE Beth Courey Sandy Kilbourn Colleen Kniffen Embracing what changes and what doesnt My column for this issue was especially challenging to write. When the magazines editors told me they were going to focus stories on the future of health care I began thinking about which aspect Id address and realized that this would be a tall order. Its not just that the subject itself is a vast and challenging arena fraught with partisan politics economics health care system idiosyncrasies and insurance pitfalls its also a subject that is constantly changing. If I were to write about some aspect of the Affordable Care Act the ACGME AOA graduate medical education unication or Michigans graduate medical education funding it would likely be completely out of date by the time you are reading this column. So what do I know that wont change in the next days weeks or months Osteopathic medicine matters. The work that you do whether its in a private practice a community clinic a hospital or an academic setting will remain unchanging and vastly important to the patients you serve. You and your peers are making a difference in creative and collaborative ways across our state our nation and our world. Osteopathic education matters. Its not news that were in the midst of a tsunami of change on the graduate side and were all doing our best to ride the wave but what and how we teach our students is also different than it was only a few years ago. You can read more about how weve worked to maintain an effective and educationally sound curriculum on page 4. We have some of our most skilled leaders working to make sure that our current and future osteopathic physicians receive the best possible education and that theyll continue to do so regardless of what changes may come. People matter. This is the bottom line in everything we do the core of every action and reaction that we take in our work and its the reason that we all do our best to train students educate doctors serve our alumni and guide the future of our profession. From patients to staff to educators to doctors our every thought is that as we move forward were doing so to do the best for people. Its easy to get caught up in the swirling melee of change that we are all facing but before getting carried away with what might be different tomorrow its important to take stock in what will remain the same. William D. Strampel D.O. FACOI Dean