MOA Task Force Update
06/05/2020Maine Osteopathic Association has convened a task force that will examine the role of systemic racism in the state of Maine and within our healthcare system, providing education that speaks to these issues. The Task Force, chaired by Lisa Gouldsbrough, DO, held its first meeting this week on July 22nd. This first meeting was an opportunity to define goals and action items moving forward. The group defined several focus areas including immediate goals such as providing Physician Education, Advocating for legislation to alleviate racial disparities in healthcare in Maine, as well as longer term goals such as increasing the diversity of the MOA and the osteopathic profession in Maine. The group identified opportunities to partner with many other Maine physician groups and other nonprofits. The Task Force will continue to hold regular monthly meetings.
Task Force Recommendation: Take one of Harvard's Implicit Bias Tests
Recommended by Dr. Gouldsbrough, these FREE, all online tests are a quick way to understand your own implicit biases relative to race, gender, sexuality, age and more.
From the site: The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science.
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The MOA is STILL seeking nominations for our annual awards!
Our Awards Ceremony has been postponed, giving us more time to accept nominations.
Below is the breakdown of our different awards, you can use our online Nomination Form to nominate a colleague. We hope you will be attendance as we honor our peers for their dedication and achievements!
- MOA Distinguished Service Award - This is the highest honor that the MOA can bestow upon an individual. This award is presented to a D.O. who has made an immediate significant contribution to the osteopathic profession through a major endeavor for the good of the profession and society and has made a major impact on the osteopathic profession and society over the course of his/her career.1)
- Louis Hanson, D.O. Physician of the Year - This award is given to a D.O. who has demonstrated a high quality of practice, a compassionate interest in patients and a commitment to his or her community. Community is defined broadly to include activities at the local, state or national level and involvement in osteopathic institutions (i.e.: college, hospital, MOA, etc.)
- MOA Young Physician of the Year - This award is given to a D.O. who has been in practice for at least one full year and not more than five years. The award is given to a physician who has already demonstrated involvement as a practitioner and member of his or her community and who also demonstrated the potential to become a major force in osteopathic medicine in the future.
- Roswell P. Bates, D.O., Public Service Award - This award is given for outstanding achievement in public health, political or community service that enhances and demonstrates the Osteopathic Profession’s commitment to service above and beyond that of direct patient care.
- The Sandra Featherman, PhD, Osteopathic Champion Award – (Previously the MOA Board Award)- This award is one that honors an osteopathic physician and/or friend of the osteopathic profession who has made a recent outstanding and significant contribution to the osteopathic profession in Maine