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MOMA Month Culminates with Annual Convention; Officers Installed, Physicians Honored

Tuesday, May 12, 2015   (0 Comments)
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When one thinks about the medical profession and their own physician, “family” doesn’t always come to mind. However, anyone at the 2015 Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention (MOAC) would attest to the unity, camaraderie and overall “family feel” flooding the halls of the Chateau on the Lake, 415 N. State Highway 265, in Branson, during the 117th Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention, April 29 - May 3.

On the surface, the purpose of the conference, which was hosted by the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS), was to provide continuing medical education (CME) credits to osteopathic physicians. After all, the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts requires CME for physician licensure renewal in the Show-Me State. However, physicians have choices when deciding which CME conferences to attend. After witnessing the outpouring of admiration for one another that was expressed throughout the duration of the conference and especially at the 2015 President’s Banquet, it was clear what sets MAOPS’ conference apart from the rest – the osteopathic physicians’ love for the profession and those who practice in this great state.

From the surprise awards, one of which was given out to MAOPS Physician of the Year John Bailey, D.O., of Kirksville, for his advocacy efforts and selfless volunteerism as a medic and team member for his local SWAT team, to the Board of Trustees’ decision to sponsor MAOPS member Dr. Logan Banks’ dream of traveling from Springfield to Africa next month for a five-year, unpaid medical mission, it was evident that these physicians put their hearts into not only their work, but also into their relationships with their colleagues.

In all, more than 240 Missouri-based physicians as well and medical industry representatives gathered in Branson for the four-day experience, which capped off a month-long celebration of the osteopathic profession. Gov. Nixon declared the state’s first-ever Missouri Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Month just last April.

Other event highlights consisted of an address by American Osteopathic Association Executive Director and CEO Adrienne White-Faines, of Chicago, Ill.; a luncheon honoring MAOPS Life Members and featuring Family Team Care® founder Peter Anderson, M.D., who spoke about his innovative care model designed to cut a patient’s wait time in half; an exhibit hall showcasing new health-related products and services; and a ceremony installing MAOPS 2015 - 2016 officers as well as honoring MAOPS 2015 award winners during the annual President’s Banquet.

Mark Pelikan, D.O., of St. Louis was elected as the 2015 - 2016 MAOPS President. During a speech he made on May 2, he expressed his gratitude to fellow St. Louis physician Tim Jennings, D.O., for “encouraging me to get involved in organized medicine.” After graduating from A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Pelikan reminisced about how he “watched and learned” from MAOPS’ leaders, ultimately waiting until it was his time to step up to a leadership role. More than a decade later, he is “thrilled and excited” to lead the Association for the next 12 months.

“Because I had such exceptional and dedicated mentors to guide me as a medical student and also a member of MAOPS, I learned how to spot other leaders out of a crowd,” Dr. Pelikan declared during the banquet, adding that before him, he “sees a room full of leaders.”

Four additional officers were also installed: President-Elect Jeff Davis, D.O., of Memphis; First Vice President John Bailey, D.O., of Kirksville; Second Vice President David Tannehill, D.O., of St. Louis; and Immediate Past President Lee Parks, D.O., of Union.
Distinguished award recipients were also honored. The individuals below received accolades:

2015 MAOPS Award Winners:


Wilbur T. Hill, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P. dist. Distinguished Service Award

  •  Ken Jones, D.O., of Clinton

Physician of the Year

  • John Bailey, D.O., of Kirksville

President’s Award

  • Michael Brown, D.O., of Kearney

Memorial Designation

  • Timothy Ernst, D.O., of Kirksville
  • Wilbur Hill, D.O., of Liberty

Medallion Awards

  • Michael Knapp, D.O., of Joplin
  • Marianne Klemm, D.O., of Farmington

Legislator of the Year

  • Rep. Diane Franklin

Wetzel Scholars

  • Student Doctor Malorie Howe with Kansas City University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Student Doctor Jordan Palmer with A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

To read about the award criteria, download speaker presentations or learn more about MAOPS, visit www.maops.org, or contact the MAOPS Central Office Team at (573) 634-3415.

 

(Photo: Left to Right - David Tannehill, D.O., Jeff Davis, D.O., Lee Parks, D.O., Mark Pelikan, D.O., Henry Petry, D.O., John Bailey, D.O.)


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