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  • February 06, 2024 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dr Sumeet Goel for his recent re-appointment to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, and for his election to serve as the board’s Vice-Chairperson.  Dr Goel will serve on the Board through July 1, 2027.

  • November 13, 2023 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    The WAOPS Fall Conference was held on November 10-11, 2023 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. The conference included two full days of CME content on a variety of topics with speakers from all over Wisconsin and Minnesota. Presentation subjects included Medical Informatics and Efficient Charting, Asthma, OMT for Headaches, Tick Talk: Updates and Recommendations on Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Illnesses, and more! In addition to a range of educational sessions, WAOPS had several exhibitors who were available to discuss their newest products and a lively social hour Friday evening.

    Thank you to our CME Committee for another excellent educational event and to all of our attendees and exhibitors for their support.

    Register now to attend our Spring 2024 Conference at the Oshkosh Convention Center!

  • October 02, 2023 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    From The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) values and acknowledges the education and expertise of physicians who receive doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees. Osteopathic medical training is equivalent in scientific rigor to allopathic training and prepares physicians to provide full-scale medical care to patients. In obstetrics and gynecology, roughly one-sixth of obstetrics and gynecology residency applicants have training in osteopathic medicine. These physicians represent a robust and growing cohort of our community and play a critical role in meeting obstetric and gynecologic health care needs.

    ACOG strongly believes that trainees who receive doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees should not face unfair obstacles when applying to obstetrics and gynecology residency programs. ACOG encourages all obstetrics and gynecology residency programs to accept the results of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States, also known as COMLEX-USA, and not require or pressure applicants with DO degrees to take additional licensing exams, disproportionately burdening them compared with allopathically trained applicants.

    Find tools to assist residency program directors in using COMLEX-USA as part of holistic review for DO applicants.

  • August 30, 2023 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    I am Catherine Nelson, DO, immediate past president of WAOPS and lead delegate for the AOA House of Delegates (HOD) for 2023. In July, I had the privilege of leading our state delegation of 6 representatives to help be the voice for Wisconsin DO’s with AOA policy. 

    Thank you to Art Angove DO, Sarah James DO, Lezlie Painovich DO, Christopher Kordick DO and Jordan Paluch, OM3 for their wonderful advocacy efforts. This group spent numerous hours before HOD and during the meeting to ensure we were a unified voice representing Wisconsin.

    During the meeting we had the honor of hearing from Dr. Bill Anderson one of the first African American Osteopathic Physicians. He has devoted his life to advocacy for physicians, patients and civil rights. He reminded all of us “If you come to this world and leave just as you found it, you could have stayed where you were.” We used this as our rallying cry to keep working hard!

    We also had the privilege of honoring Jordan Paluch, OMS3 as she was selected for the AOIA OPAC Award: James M Lally, DO Scholarship Award. Jordan was selected amongst many candidates and stood proudly before the entire HOD to receive her award. She also received a standing ovation from all in attendance for her incredible advocacy efforts. 

    We also spent our time advocating on behalf of Wisconsin Osteopathic Physicians. Topics included: equity in GME programs, prior authorization paperwork, physician workplace safety, physician noncompete clauses and several others. We also worked as a team to reword several resolutions that were then adopted on the floor. 

    Moving forward our team hopes to write several resolutions for next year. If anyone has something that they feel strongly about, please reach out to myself or any member of the WAOPS board and we will work together on writing a resolution. Wisconsin is being recognized at AOA for our hard work and we want to continue this momentum. I am already looking forward to next year!

  • August 07, 2023 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    Evers signs epinephrine, EMS bills
    From Wisconsin Health News

    Gov. Tony Evers signed into law bills Friday that expand the types of medications that can be administered to counteract severe allergic reactions and support a program boosting the amount of federal dollars available to support emergency medical services providers.

    One of the proposals approved by Evers replaces current law references to “epinephrine auto-injector or prefilled syringe” with “epinephrine delivery system,” which is defined as a device that contains a premeasured dose of epinephrine and prevents or treats life-threatening allergic reactions. The bill also allows pharmacists to dispense epinephrine without patient-specific prescription orders, according to a statement from bill authors Sen. André Jacque, R-De Pere, and Rep. Shae Sortwell, R-Two Rivers. 

    The legislation builds on a series of recent state laws expanding access to the law due to advocacy efforts by Angel and George Mueller, parents of Dillon Mueller, an 18-year-old who died from a reaction to a bee sting. 

    “Thanks to them, Wisconsin is again leading the way forward in promoting epinephrine legislation nationwide,” Sortwell said in a statement. 

    Evers signed off on legislation that EMS providers have described as the final piece of an effort to boost support for services. It builds on a 2022 state law establishing an ambulance assessment program, where providers pay an assessment that allows the state to draw down additional federal Medicaid dollars that it can distribute back to them. 

    Evers also signed a bill into law that increases penalties for those who manufacture, deliver or administer a controlled substance that kills someone.

    And he approved one bill and vetoed two that came from a legislative study committee that met last year to recommend reforms to the state’s occupational licensing system. 

    The approved bill clarifies state law around licensure renewal. The vetoed bills boost license reporting requirements to the Legislature by the Department of Safety Professional Services.

    In his veto messages, the governor noted he can’t support requiring the state agency to provide “arbitrary metrics” that don’t give meaningful information to applicants and divert resources away from processing licenses. He also objected to the Legislature not providing additional resources for the reporting. 

    WAOPS Members Drs. Leslie and Lenard Markman were able to be present for the important signing and brought their Epinephrine Stickers with them!

  • July 19, 2023 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians endorses Dillion's Law!

    The ACOFP distributed a letter of support to Representatives Grothman and Dingell as they "believe this law will help save lives by promoting opportunities for more people to be trained to administer life-saving epinephrine to individuals experiencing life-threatening anaphylactic reactions".

    You can read the entire letter here. 

  • June 28, 2023 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Doctor Day 2023 was a success with over 300 registered physicians, residents, and medical students!

    The group began their day at the beautiful Monona Terrace for a light breakfast and presentations on First Attendee Orientation, Communications/Media Training 101, Physician Wellness, and  a Legal Update. AMA President, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, then joined as the keynote presenter. Following his presentation was a State Agency Roundtable and a Physicians Priority Issues Briefing. The group had a brief lunch and then headed down the street to the Capitol where physicians met with their legislators to discuss Doctor Day's priority issues: APRN Legislation and Extended Medicaid Coverage for New Moms. 

    The group reconvened at Madison's for some appetizers and drinks and to discuss how their visits went. Everyone was in good spirits and already looking forward to the next Wisconsin Doctor Day!

  • June 09, 2023 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    H.R. 2910 or "Dillion's Law" would help prevent hundreds of unnecessary deaths from anaphylaxis each year by incentivizing states to train, certify, and enable Good Samaritans to administer epinephrine to individuals experiencing a severe allergic reaction. 

    WAOPS is proud to be a part of getting Dillion's Law to where it is, but we need your help! 

    Urge Your Lawmakers to Cosponsor Dillion's Law!

  • June 06, 2023 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Article from Wisconsin Public Radio.

    WINTERSET, Iowa — For 35 years, this town's residents have brought all manner of illnesses, aches, and worries to Kevin de Regnier's storefront clinic on the courthouse square — and he loves them for it.

    De Regnier is an osteopathic physician who chose to run a family practice in a small community. Many of his patients have been with him for years. Many have chronic health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or mental health struggles, which he helps manage before they become critical.

    "I just decided I'd rather prevent fires than put them out," he said between appointments on a recent afternoon.

    Broad swaths of rural America don't have enough primary care physicians, partly because many medical doctors prefer to work in highly paid specialty positions in cities. In many small towns, osteopathic doctors like de Regnier are helping fill the gap.

    Osteopathic physicians, commonly known as DOs, go to separate medical schools from medical doctors, known as MDs. Their courses include lessons on how to physically manipulate the body to ease discomfort. But their training is otherwise comparable, leaders in both wings of the profession say.

    Both types of doctors are licensed to practice the full range of medicine, and many patients would find little difference between them aside from the initials listed after their names.

    A growing share of the physician workforce

    DOs are still a minority among U.S. physicians, but their ranks are surging. From 1990 to 2022, their numbers more than quadrupled, from fewer than 25,000 to over 110,000, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards. In that same period, the number of MDs rose 91%, from about 490,000 to 934,000.

    Over half of DOs work in primary care, which includes family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. By contrast, more than two-thirds of MDs work in other medical specialties.

    The number of osteopathic medical schools in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2000, to 40, and many of the new ones are in relatively rural states, including Idaho, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. School leaders say their locations and teaching methods help explain why many graduates wind up filling primary care jobs in smaller towns.

    De Regnier noted that many MD schools are housed in large universities and connected to academic medical centers. Their students often are taught by highly specialized physicians, he said. Students at osteopathic schools tend to do their initial training at community hospitals, where they often shadow general practice doctors.

    U.S. News & World Report ranks medical schools based on the percentage of graduates working in rural areas. Osteopathic schools hold three of the top four spots on the 2023 edition of that list.

    Osteopathic schools train doctors where the need is

    William Carey University's osteopathic school, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is No. 1 in that ranking. The program, which began in 2010, was intentionally sited in a region that needed more medical professionals, said Dean Italo Subbarao.

    After finishing classwork, most William Carey medical students train in hospitals in Mississippi or Louisiana, Subbarao said. "Students become part of the fabric of that community," he said. "They see the power and the value of a what a primary care doc in a smaller setting can have."

    Leaders from both sides of the profession say tension between DOs and MDs has eased. In the past, many osteopathic physicians felt their MD counterparts looked down on them. They were denied privileges in some hospitals, so they often founded their own facilities. But their training is now widely considered comparable, and students from both kinds of medical schools compete for slots in the same residency training programs.

    Michael Dill, director of workforce studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges, said it makes sense that osteopathic school graduates are more likely to go into family practice, internal medicine, or pediatrics. "The very nature of osteopathic training emphasizes primary care. That's kind of their thing," said Dill, whose group represents MD medical schools.

    Dill said he would be confident in the care provided by both types of doctors. "I would be equally willing to see either as my own primary care physician," he said.

    Data from the University of Iowa shows osteopathic physicians have been filling rural roles previously filled by medical doctors. The university's Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs tracks the state's health care workforce, and its staff analyzed the data for KFF Health News.

    The analysis found that, from 2008 to 2022, the number of Iowa MDs based outside the state's 11 most urban counties dropped more than 19%. Over the same period, the number of DOs based outside those urban areas increased by 29%. Because of the shift, DOs now make up more than a third of rural Iowa physicians, and that proportion is expected to grow.

    In Madison County, the picturesque rural area where de Regnier practices, the University of Iowa database lists seven physicians practicing family medicine or pediatrics. All are DOs.

    De Regnier, 65, speculated that the local dominance of the osteopathic profession is partly due to the proximity of his alma mater, Des Moines University, which runs an osteopathic training center 35 miles northeast of Winterset.

    Des Moines University has one of the country's oldest osteopathic medical schools. It graduates about 210 DO students a year, compared with about 150 MD students who graduate annually from the University of Iowa, home to the state's only other medical school.

    Many patients probably pay no attention to whether a physician is an MD or a DO, but some seek the osteopathic type, said de Regnier, who is a past president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Patients might like the physical manipulation DOs can use to ease aches in their limbs or back. And they might sense the profession's focus on patients' overall health, he said.

    'When he sits down on that stool, he's yours'

    On a recent afternoon, de Regnier worked his way through a slate of patients, most of whom had seen him before.

    One of them was Ben Turner, a 76-year-old pastor from the nearby town of Lorimor. Turner had come in for a check of his diabetes. He sat on the exam table with his shoes off and his eyes closed.

    De Regnier took out a flexible plastic probe and instructed Turner to say when he felt it touch his feet. Then the doctor began to gently place the probe on the patient's skin.

    "Yup," Turner said as the probe glanced against each toe. "Yup," he said as de Regnier brushed the probe against his soles and moved to the other foot. "Yeah. Yeah. Yup. Yeah."

    The doctor offered good news: Turner had no signs of nerve damage in his feet, which is a common complication of diabetes. A blood sample showed he had a good A1C level, a measure of the disease. He had no heaviness in his chest, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Medication appeared to be staving off problems.

    Chris Bourne, 55, of Winterset, stopped in to consult de Regnier about his mental health. Bourne has been seeing de Regnier for about five years.

    Bourne takes pills for anxiety. With input from the doctor, he had reduced the dose. The anxious feelings crept back in, and he had trouble sleeping, he told de Regnier, sounding disappointed.

    De Regnier noted the dose he prescribed to Bourne is relatively low, but he had approved of the attempt to reduce it. "I'm glad you tried," he said. "Don't beat yourself up."

    In an interview later, Bourne said that until he moved to Winterset five years ago, he'd never gone to an osteopathic physician — and didn't know what one was. He's come to appreciate the patience de Regnier shows in determining what might be causing a patient's problem.

    "When he sits down on that stool, he's yours," Bourne said.

    Another patient that day was Lloyd Proctor Jr., 54, who was suffering from previously undiagnosed diabetes. His legs were swollen, and he felt run-down. Tests showed his blood sugar was more than four times the normal level.

    "The pancreas isn't happy right now, because it's working too hard trying to take care of that blood sugar," the doctor told him.

    De Regnier diagnosed him with diabetes and prescribed medication and insulin, saying he would adjust the order if necessary to minimize Proctor's costs after insurance. He brought out a syringe and showed Proctor how to give himself insulin injections. Proctor listened to advice on how to measure blood sugar.

    "And maybe I should quit grabbing Mountain Dew every time I'm thirsty," the patient said, ruefully.

    De Regnier smiled. "I was just getting to that," he said.

    The appointment was one of the doctor's longest of the day. At the end, he reassured Proctor that they could get his diabetes under control together.

    "I know that's a lot of info. If you get home and think, 'What'd he say?' — don't hesitate to pick up the phone and give me a call," de Regnier said. "I'm happy to visit anytime."

    KFF Health News, formerly known as Kaiser Health News (KHN), is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues and is one of the core operating programs at KFF — the independent source for health policy research, polling, and journalism.

    Copyright 2023 KFF Health News. To see more, visit KFF Health News.

  • June 05, 2023 10:19 AM | Anonymous
    From the American Osteopathic Association.

    Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of The DO or the AOA.

    Without a doubt, parenting is a full-time job. Being a medical resident in training is also a full-time job. What does that mean for a parent who is working an average of 80 hours per week as a medical resident? A double full-time job? A quadruple full-time job?!

    Some residents are fortunate to live near family and friends who can assist with childcare, but others explore different avenues, including daycare centers, nannies, au pairs or babysitters.

    We spoke with one mother who would prefer to remain anonymous, so we’ll refer her using her initials, “ACF.” A DO emergency medicine resident and mother of a two-year-old daughter, ACF says that juggling the demands of residency with motherhood has been a roller coaster. While she completes her training, ACF’s daughter is at daycare or with an au pair, which is a helper who assists with childcare and household duties. Although expensive, ACF considers this a sacrifice worth making.

    Staying connected

    Let’s talk parental guilt. Undoubtedly, guilt is something many working parents struggle with every day.

    Coping with parental guilt is something that ACF is still trying to manage, but she has found a few ways to ease the remorse. Finding a free 10-minute window to FaceTime her daughter helps keep her connected and brightens her day. Additionally, ACF says, “It always helps to find ways to talk about your kid at work. Show people pictures and talk to co-residents who also have kids about how they’re coping with things.”

    Financial strain

    Another resident we’ll refer to as “MM” is a mother of six who is working to balance her residency training and family. Working a schedule of 12 days on and two days off, MM says she has had to cash in retirement funds to help pay for childcare. Due to the fact that some schools have kept pandemic adaptations in place, MM’s children often have “virtual days” where they learn at home rather than going to school. This has led to increased childcare expenses, and with the current economic state of inflation, MM has found it hard to stay afloat.

    There is no denying that childcare is expensive and it can be difficult to manage the physical, financial and emotional demands of balancing residency and parenthood. Regardless of your situation, it’s important to remember that residency is a temporary phase of your life and the sacrifices you make now will ultimately make you a stronger physician and parent in the future.

    *Initials have replaced names for privacy.

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