MOA Member Corner
Meet 2018 MOA Scholarship Recipient Lisa Rachel Smith, OMS IV!
Name: Lisa Rachel Smith
Hometown: Caribou, ME
Current Osteopathic Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Student Doctor Smith grew up in Maine and sees herself returning to serve as a rural family physician. Ideally, she hopes to provide integrative health care with a special emphasis on Geriatric and Palliative medicine. She also aspires to serve as an advocate in Public Health Education and Health Policy in the fields of Rural, Geriatric and End of life care.
As a former educator (Ms. Smith holds a Master's degree in Teaching from the University of Louisville), prevention and community health education are paramount to her philosophy of care. Before entering medical school, Lisa Smith taught disadvantaged urban youth in Louisville, KY and then returned to Maine where she served as a science and English teacher for middle school, high school, and adult education. Additionally, she served as the Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics summer camps and the CEO/President of the School's Foundation. Ms. Smith sees many opportunities to integrate community health education into medical practice and has continued to devoted herself community service and leadership opportunities at WCSOM.
Through her involvement with the Alzheimer's Association and volunteering at a local assisted living home, Ms. Smith says she has come to enjoy working with older patients. Of the experience she says: "I enjoy the life-stories that Geriatric patients share and feel this is a particularly vulnerable and overlooked population. This is a critical time in people's lives with many stresses and obstacles often financially, mentally and physically. It's a time when having a trusted and empathic primary care provider can make a huge difference in quality of life." Ms. Smith says she looks forward to joining Maine's health care team!
The MOA was pleased to offer a 2018 scholarship to Lisa Rachel Smith, OMS IV and wishes her luck in her studies in WVSOM!
MOA Members: Please Join an MOA Committee!
The Maine Osteopathic Association Board of Directors welcomes your participation on one or more of the MOA committees to
assist your state association in ensuring the availability of quality osteopathic healthcare in the State of Maine. Time commitments vary by committee, most meet via phone conference in the evenings.
Open to ALL MOA Members (including Students & Residents).
Professional Advocacy Committee (Legislative Committee)
Committee Charge: To actively pursue and monitor legislative agendas pertinent to the successful progress of the Osteopathic Profession; increase the osteopathic profession visibility with the Maine State Legislature and governmental agencies; keep members actively informed during the legislative session; address and become active in inter-professional issues; and actively seek donations to the Maine Osteopathic Association Political Action Committee (MOPAC) to support the Association’s legislative activities and to ensure the election of candidates who support the osteopathic physician community. This committee meets weekly via phone conference when the legislature is in session.
Professional and Public Education Committee
Committee Charge: To develop and ensure high quality osteopathic CME programs-Annual Convention and the Midwinter Conference; promote the osteopathic profession throughout the State of Maine and the New England Region; and enhance the MOA visibility with residents and students. Help plan our Midwinter Symposium and Annual Convention! This committee typically convenes biweekly in the 2-3 months prior to any scheduled CME events.
Payor/Payee Relations Committee
Committee Charge: To ensure that the osteopathic profession is represented at the third party payor level (i.e. managed care and health insurance companies), and at the Federal/State Regulatory level (MaineCare, Medicare, Worker’s Comp); ensure that the effectiveness and efficacy of OMT is demonstrated to third party payors; inform and educate members on the proper methods of solving disputes with third party payors; and promote correct coding and billing education or maximize physician reimbursement. This committee meets as needed.
Committee Charge: To maximize the base of the membership to operate the association as efficiently and effectively through membership recruitment campaign strategies and outreach; develop a broader member services package of “Preferred Business Partners” and member benefits; provide a nomination slate of awardees for the selection of the MOA’s prestigious awards. This committee meets as needed, at least once per year.
Technology and Communications Committee
Committee Charge: To increase the visibility and awareness of osteopathic medicine; to promote the Maine Osteopathic Association through timely and effective communications utilizing advanced technology; and to develop short and long-term infrastructure redesign and user-friendly technology for both internal and external communications. This committee meets as needed.
Finance and Sustainability Committee
Committee Charge: To develop short and long-term plans that will result in financial stability for the organization including partnering with the Membership Committee on the membership drive to increase dues revenue; developing new ways to seed our endowment; and engaging the membership in discussions about planned giving. This committee meets as needed, at least quarterly.
Please email Amanda Richards at email@example.com for more information or to volunteer!
To view committee leadership, click here.
Welcome to your MOA E-news Brief for September 14th, 2018!
The Highlights: MOA Members- Call for Committee Volunteers! Meet MOA Scholarship Recipient Lisa Rachel Smith, OMS IV, Comments Submitted by MOA & AOA on CMS Proposed Fee Schedule, Physician's Day at the Maine Legislature and DO Day Dates Set For Spring 2019: Mark Your Calendar!, Hospitals Join Together to Start Their Own Drug Company, What's New In Space Travel?: Learn from NASA Flight Surgeon Richard Scheuring, DO, AOA on CME: Your Questions Answered, Public Health: States with High Obesity Rates & FDA Calls Youth Vaping an Epidemic, Plus it's Suicide Prevention Week: Physician Suicide Awareness Day is set for September 17th, Practice Management: NEW Events: OMM & Yoga Conference Returns for 2018 (October), MPHA 34th Annual Conference & More, classified ads /job postings, professional opportunities & more!
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