Special Projects: MOA

Maine Osteopathic Association Promotes Family Medical Careers as AAOA Special Project

Annual grant program allows Maine state society to implement education series for Osteopathic Medical Students

By AAOA Staff

UNECOM-MOA Student Mixer Attendees (L to R) Andrew Boyd, Jessica Harnisch-Boyd, OMS-II, Tamara Moores, Patricia Phillips, DO, Chad Moores.

The leaders of Maine Osteopathic Association have embarked on a mission to develop the focus of young physicians in the interest of promoting careers in Family Medicine. After receiving a grant from the Advocates of the American Osteopathic Association as part of their annual Special Projects program, the group from Maine initiated a project focused on promoting careers in Osteopathic Family Medicine. A series of forums have been designed to encourage and edify osteopathic medical students at the University of New England College Osteopathic Medicine with regard to career opportunities in family practice.

In the fall of 2016, MOA received notification of a $750 grant award to lead a “Careers in Osteopathic Family Medicine Series” for students across Maine. They soon partnered with the Family Medicine student chapter at UNECOM to host a reception on November 5th at a restaurant in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Students were able to meet and network with practicing osteopathic physicians. The goal of this mixer was for students to learn more about careers in family medicine by organizing opportunities for informal discussions about career pathway, training opportunities, practice settings, employment opportunities, private practice models and employment contracts.

As an added benefit, members of the Maine Osteopathic Association Board of Directors attended and encouraged student physicians to become involved in advocacy efforts on campus and in their home state(s) when it comes to promoting and protecting osteopathic medicine.

“Overall this was a very successful event,” said MOA Executive Director Angela Westhoff. “We’re planning a similar event for the spring and would like to thank the AAOA for their financial support.”

The AAOA’s Special Project Fund supports innovative and interesting projects that support the Osteopathic profession, DOs, students, and the things DOs do across the country and the world.

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