Nov 16-18, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI

14th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention

Michigan Osteopathic Association

Thanks to all who attended the Michigan Osteopathic Association 14th annual Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.

Autumn Convention Evaluations

Autumn Convention attendees can access the evaluation website at this link: 

Enter your AOA #
Password: moacme
If you have a 5-digit AOA#, please add a "0" before your AOA# to make it a 6-digit number.

If you have any problems getting to conference evaluations and claiming CME, 
please contact Melissa Budd at the MOA
517/347-1555 ext. 112


Grand Rapids Hotels 
Amway Grand Plaza

187 Monroe Ave NW (Map link)
Phone: 616/774-2000

Courtyard Marriott  

11 Monroe Aveue NW
Phone: 616/242/6000


The Amway Grand Plaza offers parking across the street in the Amway Grand Plaza Ramp, 216 Pearl Street NW.. The parking structure is connected to the hotel via an enclosed skywalk. Special parking rates apply for overnight guests. Valet parking is available. (Map link)

Nearby parking options include:
Louis — Campau Parking Ramp at 43 Monroe Avenue NW. (Map link)
Ellis Parking Ramp at 130 Lyon Street NW. (Map link)

TRAFFIC ALERT SATURDAY MORNING! The annual Art Van Santa Parade, "Sounds of the Season," will take place Saturday morning. 
The Parade will start at 9 am at the corner of Michigan St. NW and Monroe Ave., move down Monroe Ave., past the Amway Grand Plaza, concluding just past the intersection of Fulton St. and Monroe Ave.  For more information, visit the Art Van Santa Parade - Sounds of the Season website.

Our friends at Experience GR have a wonderful webpage dedicated to informing our attendees on great things to see and do in Grand Rapids. Visit:

MOA Discount on Griffins Hockey tickets

The Grand Rapids Griffins will be playing at home Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. MOA Autumn Convention attendees can get discounted tickets for the American Hockey League games using a special promo code. 

Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 pm vs. the Ontario Reign
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 pm vs. the Manitoba Moose
Use the promo code GRIFF to get $4.00 off the regular ticket price and get a waiver on the $4.50 service fees. 

Click HERE for MOA Discounted Griffin tickets


The Michigan Osteopathic Association's 14th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will be Friday, November 16, through Sunday, November 18, 2018.
The agenda for each day is below. Use the drop down menu to select the day and display the agenda for that day. The agenda is also avilable as a PDF file, to download or view. Agenda is tentative and is subject to change. 

Agenda PDF • DownloadView
Practice Managers Program 8 am - 3 pm Pearl Rm.
Morning CME Scan-In Times 8:30 am - 1 pm Foyer
Luncheon Product Theater (non CME) 12 - 1 pm Imperial Ballroom
Scientific Research Exhibit Set Up 2 - 7 pm Crown Foyer
Physician Wellness Center: OMM & Yoga 10 am - 3 pm Emerald Room
Afternoon CME Scan-In Times 1 - 7:15 pm Foyer

9.0 CME Credits Offered on Friday 

24-26 AOA Category 1-A Total CME Credits Offered

8 am - 7:15 pm • Ambassador West
8:55 - 9 am Ambassador East
MOA President Opening Remarks


9 am - 12 pm Ambassador East
Friday Morning CME Sessions (Total 3.0 credits)

Moderator: Anthony Ognjan, DO, FACP 

9 - 10 am • Ambassador East
Protecting your Adult Patients from Vaccine Preventive Diseases (1.0 credit)

P. Ann Ryan, DO, PhD
Presention PDF
Immunization Resources Link

10 - 11 am • Ambassador East
Risk Management: Informed Refusal in the Physician Office (1.0 credit)

Ann Carter, HRM, CPHRM, CMPE, Senior Risk Consultant, Coverys
Presentation PDF

11 am - 12 pm • Ambassador East
Human Trafficking (1.0 credit, meets Michigan LARA one-time requirement)

Andrea Rocafort, MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Supervisor, Medical Community Chair Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force                            Meahgan Pear, President AMA W. Michigan, Chair Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force

12 - 1 pm • Imperial Ballroom
Luncheon Product Theater by Sunovion (non CME)

LONHALA™ MAGNAIR™ (glycopyrrolate) Inhalation Solution The First and Only Nebulized LAMA for COPD Including Chronic Bronchitis and/or Emphysema

Jeffrey Deitch, DO, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Cherrywood Health and Lung Center

(Pre-registration required, sign up at booth located outside session room. Space is limited) 

1 - 7:15 pm • Ambassador East
Friday Afternoon CME Sessions (Total 6.0 credits)

Moderator: Patrick Botz, DO

1 - 4 pm • Ambassador East
National Sleep Foundation  (3.0 credits)

Presentation PDF

Part 1 (1 - 2 pm) 
The Importance of Sleep Health      
David Neubauer, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Part 2  (2 - 4 pm)

Diagnosing and Treating Common Sleep Disorders in Primary Care 
David Neubauer, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
James Weintraub, DO 

National Sleep Foundation Website

4 - 4:15 pm • Foyer
Break: Refreshments
4:15 - 5:15 pm • Ambassador East
Provider Wellness (1.0 credit)

Zafar Shamoon, DO, FACOEP 
Presentation PDF

5:15 - 6:15 pm • Ambassador East
Five Ethical Dilemmas Physicians Face in Practice (1.0 credit)

Elizabeth Petsche, JD

Presentation PDF

Meets Florida osteopathic relicensure requirement for Professional & Medical Ethics

Meets Michigan LARA requirement for Medical Ethics for Michigan MD's  

6:15 - 7:15 pm • Ambassador East
Death Records (1.0 credit)

Patrick Hansma, DO 
Presentation PDF

6:15 - 7 pm • Ambassador East
Refreshments provided to attendees of 6:15 pm session.
Morning CME Scan-In Times 7 am - 1:00 pm Foyer
Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) Competition 8 am - 12 pm Crown Foyer
Physician Wellness Center: OMM & Yoga 10 am - 3 pm Emerald Room
SRE Luncheon & Awards 12 - 1 pm Vandenberg
Luncheon Product Theater by Novo Nordisk 12 - 1 pm Pantilind Ballroom
MOA Board of Trustees Meeting 3 - 5 pm Pearl Rm.
Afternoon CME Scan-In Times 1 - 6:30 pm

9.5 CME Credits Offered on Saturday 
24-26 AOA Category 1-A Total Credits Offered

7 am - 6:30 pm • Ambassador West
MOA Autumn Convention Registration
7 am - 1 pm
CME Morning Scan-in Times (Total 4.50 credits)
6:30 - 8:30 am Ambassador West
Breakfast with Exhibitors
7 am - 4 pm Ambassador West
Exhibitor Hours
7 am - 12 pm • Ambassador East
Morning Sessions

Moderator: John Bodell, DO, FACOS

7 - 9 am • Ambassador East
Osteopathic Functional Diagnosis: Whole Body Biomechanics Approach (2.0 credits)

Shane Patterson, DO

Table Trainers: Mary Goldman, DO & Ryan Christensen, DO
Presentation PDF

9 - 9:30 am • Ambassador East
To Understand Cultural Awareness of the Muslim Patient (.50 credit)

Zafar Shamoon, DO, FACOEP
Presentation PDF

9:30 - 10:30 am • Ambassador East
Cardiology Update

Michael Sumners, DO 

10:30 - 11 am • Ambassador West
Break: Visit with Exhibitors
11 - 11:30 am • Ambassador East
The Effect of OMT in Functional Outcomes and Anti-Inflammatory Biomarkers in Mild to Moderate TBI-Ongoing Research Study (.50 credit)

Rebecca Wyatt, DO, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center  
Presentation PDF

11:30 am - 12 pm • Ambassador East
Serial Casting (.50 credit)

Arika Button, Physical Therapist, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center 
Presentation PDF

12 - 1 pm • Pantilind
Luncheon Product Theater by Novo Nordisk (non CME)

Victoza®: Approved to Reduce Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Your Type 2 Diabetes Patients With Established CVD
Speaker: Ashish Verma, MD
(pre-registration required, visit exhibitor booth # 2 to sign up!)

1 - 6:30 pm
CME Afternoon Scan-in
1 - 1:15 pm • Ambassador West
Break: Visit with Exhibitors
1:15 – 6:30 pm • Ambassador East
Afternoon Sessions (Total 5.0 credits)

Moderator: Elizabeth Swenor, DO

1:15 – 2:15 pm • Ambassador East
Pedal to the Metal: Speeding up the Clock in the ED (1.0 credit)

Joseph Schramski, DO, FACOI
Presentation PDF

2:15 – 3:15 pm • Ambassador East
The Impact of the Gut Microbiota on Wellness and Chronic Disease (1.0 credit)

Elizabeth Swenor, DO

3:15 – 3:30 pm • Ambassador West
Break: Visit with Exhibitors
3:30 – 4:30 pm • Ambassador East
Updates in Critical Care Medicine (1.0 credit)

Ali Dabaja, DO

4:30 – 5:30 pm • Ambassador East
Flu Season Update (1.0 credit)

Anthony Ognjan, DO, FACP

5:30 – 6:30 pm • Ambassador East
Approach to the Menopause Patient (1.0 credit)

David Boes, DO, FACOOG
Presentation PDF

Sunday CME Scan-in Times 7 am – 1:30 pm Ambassador East
Resolution Writing Workshop 10 am - 12 pm Pearl Rm.
Amway Checkout 10:30 - 11am

5.5 CME Credits Available on Sunday
24-26 AOA  Category 1-A Credits Offered

7 am – 1:30 pm • Ambassador West
6:30 – 8:30 am • Crown Foyer
7 - 7:30 am Ambassdor East
Breakfast with MSUFCU (non CME)
7:30 - 10:30 am • Ambassador East
Moderator: R Taylor Scott, DO
7:30 - 10:30 am Ambassador East
Pain & Symptom Management (3.0 credits, meets Michigan LARA requirement)

7:30 am David Best, DO, MS, ABAM
Presentation PDF

8:30 am Harm Reduction: Pam Lynch, Social Worker

9 am William Morrone, DO, MS, FACOFP, DAAPM, ASAM
Presentation slides on cannabis 

10-10:30 am Panel Discussion

10:30 - 11 am
Break & Hotel Checkout
11 am - 1:30 pm • Ambassador East
Moderator: Mary Goldman, DO
11 am - 12 pm Ambassador East
Pills + Skills = Success: Trauma Informed Brain-Based Medication Treatment for Complex Children and Adults (1.0 credit)

Mark Sloane, DO, FACOP, FAAP
Presentation PDF

12 pm Foyer
Sunday Box Lunch (pre-registration required)
12 - 1:30 pm Ambassador East
Becoming Acquainted with Mindfulness (1.50 credits)

Mary Goldman, DO
Presentation PDF

1:30 pm Convention Concludes
Thank you!

Outcomes Measurement Survey: Earn 2 FREE credits by participating in a post convention survey emailed to attendees 14 days post convention.  



FAQ’S regarding CME credits:

Thank you for attending the MOA 14th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention in Grand Rapids! 



Friday & Saturday 1x Morning 7am-1 pm/ 1x Afternoon 1pm-conclusion

Sunday 1x 7am-1:30 pm

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Complete all 3 steps to generate CME, print or save certificate for your records only.

LARA required courses attended will be included on CME certificate, for your records only in the event of an audit.

Outcomes Measurement Survey emailed to attendees two weeks post-convention per AOA requirement. Physicians can earn 2 extra credits. CME to be submitted to AOA by

December 15, 2018. Contact Melissa at or 517-347-1555 x112 for CME questions.






CME Information and Requirements

Reminder: The current AOA CME cycle ends 12/31/2018

Accreditation Statement:
The Michigan Osteopathic Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association designates the Autumn Scientific Convention for a maximum of 24-26 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Outcomes Measurement: 

2 Free AOA 1-A credits offered for participating in a survey emailed to attendees 14+ days post convention. MOA will report CME credits to AOA by 12/15/18.

Michigan CME Requirements

Michigan osteopathic physicians are required to complete 150 hours of continuing medical education in courses or programs approved by the board of which not less than 60 hours of the required 150 hours must be earned in osteopathic related courses or programs designated as either Category 1 (accredited) or Category 3 (residency) programs. 

Every osteopathic physician who is renewing his/her license should retain records documenting the completion of continuing education. Those documents should be retained for a period of 4 years from the date of application.

The continuing education requirements apply to every physician renewing a Michigan osteopathic license who held the license for the 3-year period immediately preceding the date the license expires. The requirements apply whether or not the physician is actively engaged in the practice of osteopathic. No one, including retired physicians, medical school faculty and resident physicians, is exempt from this requirement. 
For your Michigan licensure requirements, visit the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery or contact them directly at 517-335-0918

CME Program Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
Registrants for a Michigan Osteopathic Association continuing medical education program must submit requests for refunds in writing to the Association’s office. Requests for refunds must be received at least two weeks prior to the program and will entitle registrant to a full refund less a $50 processing fee. You must notify MOA at least two weeks prior to the program to request a refund of the registration fees. Program brochures/registration forms and MOA web site shall include this information. 

Course Disclaimer
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) makes every effort to present high caliber speakers in their respective areas of expertise. Courses of the MOA are offered as information only and not as financial, accounting, legal or other professional advice. Attendees must consult with their own professional advisors for such advice. In addition, each participant must decide the merit and practicality of the material presented. The ideas and comments expressed during the courses are not necessarily endorsed by or are those of the MOA. The MOA warns attendees about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into your practices.

Grievance Policy
The MOA shall accept comment and criticism regarding its CME programs.  MOA shall address and resolve grievances regarding its CME activities.  A criticism or concern reported anonymously on CME evaluation forms shall not be deemed a grievance; however, such complaints will be reported to the CME speakers and will be presented to the MOA Education Committee for discussion, validation or resolution as appropriate and reported to the MOA Board of Trustees in the MOA Education Committee Board report.  A CME complaint or concern provided in writing or presented verbally by an identified individual registrant of an MOA CME program to an MOA CME official shall be deemed a grievance and shall be forwarded to the MOA Education Committee for resolution; CME speakers involved shall be notified of the concern.  The resolution shall be reported to the MOA Board in the MOA Education Committee Board report and followed by a letter to the aggrieved acknowledging the grievance and providing the actions taken to resolve the grievance.  If the MOA Education Committee is unable to resolve the issue, it shall be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final disposition. Where possible and necessary the appropriate changes will be made and recorded in accordance with the MOA policy.

CME Resource Links CME Resource Links 
Visit the American Osteopathic Association Website to view the AOA CME requirements. Link>

To verify expiration dates for a Michigan osteopathic physician license/registration, please visit the Bureau of Health Care Services. Link>

2016-2018 CME Guide (PDF download) Link> 


Science Research Exhibit Competition

The Michigan Osteopathic Association hosts a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) twice yearly. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession. The SRE event demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession’s commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.

The purpose of the MOA SRE competition is to stimulate research by osteopathic medical students, residents and fellows who are MOA members. MOA medical students (enrolled in a COCA-accredited schools) and resident/fellow members are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for:

POSTER (MOA to provide display board and T pins for hanging poster, average poster size is 4x6). In order to submit an abstract,  first authors must be an MOA member in good standing as an "Educational" member type (e.g., Resident, Fellow or Medical Student). If you are not an MOA member, you can JOIN NOW and there is no cost for Educational member type. MOA encourages practicing physician members to submit posters for exhibition; however, these physicians are not eligible for cash prize awards. One of the authors must be an MOA member in order to participate.

By submitting an abstract and poster, you certify that (1) the research, abstract and poster are your original work or original work conducted by you and other authors; and (2) all co-authors are appropriately credited for their contributions and have been informed of the submission. Violation of these requirements will result in disqualification.

MOA processes applications in order received for review and consideration by the Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) Committee. Applications must meet currently acceptable academic and scientific standards, including proper abstract format.

Link> For more information on the Autumn Scientific Research Competition
Link> Submissions for the Autumn Scientific Research Competition 




Connect to one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the country. Over the past 30 years, the number of osteopathic physicians (DOs) practicing in the U.S. has more than tripled. The MOA Autumn Convention attracts more than 350 osteopathic physicians, interns, residents and healthcare professionals, including practice managers, who are engaged in an educational and hands-on learning forum. Visit with physicians during scheduled breaks throughout the day. This convention attracts DOs from all over the state and Grand Rapids is a fantastic location for attractions, dining, entertainment and more.  

Exhibit dates and hours:
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tear down: 
Saturday 3:30 -5:00 pm

Link> Click here to download Exhibitor Prospectus (PDF)

Janna Ruedisale 
Email Contact Form
Phone: (800) 657-1556 ext. 108 
Fax: 517-347-1566

Hotel Information

Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Map link)
Phone: 616/774-2000

UPDATE: The MOA block of rooms at the Amway Grand Plaza is sold out. 
The MOA has reserved more rooms at the Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown. 

Other lodging options: 
Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown 
11 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 (Map and transportation link)
Reservations: 1-877-901-6632
MOA Member Passkey link:

J.W. Marriott
235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Phone: 616-242-1500
Website link







  • Amway Grand Plaza
  • 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503
  • (616) 774-2000
  • Website


Friday, November 16

Practice Managers Program
Time: 8 am - 3 pm
Location: Pearl Room

Luncheon Product Theater
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Location: Imperial Ballroom

Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) Set Up
Time: 2 - 7 pm
Location: Crown Foyer

Saturday, November 17
Physician Wellness Center: OMM & Yoga
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Emerald Room

Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) Competition
Time: 8 am - 12 pm
Location: Crown Foyer

SRE Luncheon & Awards
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Location: Vandenberg Room

Luncheon Product Theater
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Location: Pantilind Ballroom

Resolution Writing Workshop
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Pearl Room