The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) offers a variety of grants, awards, and giving opportunities to osteopathic medical students, residents, physicians, researchers, and osteopathic centers/programs. Through these opportunities, the MOA is able to recognize some of the exceptional individuals within the osteopathic profession who are making a difference.
MOA Charitable Fund
The Michigan Osteopathic Association's Charitable Fund was organized to promote community health and welfare, provide scholarships and financial aid to students of osteopathic medicine, aiding poor and distressed osteopathic physicians and surgeons, and promote science and health education.
On August 1, 1961, the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation (MOCF) officially filed to incorporate in order to help secure a charter for the Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine and to solicit and receive funds for such purpose. It is the object and purpose of this Foundation to establish a school of osteopathic medicine and surgery in the state of Michigan and to otherwise assist in financing schools, colleges and advanced institutions devoted to teaching the osteopathic concept of the healing arts in order to educate and provide osteopathic physicians and surgeons and to provide education in the ancillary disciplines for the benefit of the public and to provide for the general health and care of the sick and indigent.
The cross section of a tree trunk -- rings of light and dark layers -- reveals not only the age of a tree but the conditions under which it has grown. The rings of the osteopathic profession reveal a history of both arduous struggles and immense triumphs. The MOA Legacy Program provides a way for you to strengthen your mark on the profession while also strengthening the foundation that secures its future.
By including a contributionto the MOA Charitable Fund in your estate planning -- in the outline of what you expect to pass on to your family, friends and charities -- you can help improve the association's ability to take care of osteopathic physiicans while they are working diligently to improve the lives of their patients. It's also a smart way of using assets, resulting in maximized benefits for you and your family, such as a possible reduction of capital gains tax on appreciated stock; a possible reduction of estate or income taxes for heirs; and a possible increase in retirement income.
In the spirit of 2006/07 MOA President John Bodell’s presidential theme “Be the Difference,” MOA Board members initiated this fund in 2006 to support medical mission efforts. Contributions to this fund are tax deductible and are used to support volunteer medical missions to developing countries such as Peru, Haiti, Guatemala and Cuba.
Every year, the MOA will award up to three CORE Grant recipients each $1,000 in funding to support outstanding primary care and prevention initiatives. These programs—whether an educational event series, research project or patient-centric campaign—illustrate outstanding commitment to the principal tenets of osteopathic medicine. Winners will also be featured in MOA print and Web publications. CORE Grants were established by MOA’s Michigan Council for Osteopathic Promotion (MCOP) in 2007. Grant recipients are selected based on their project’s level of need, feasibility, impact and how well it embodies the osteopathic values of preventive health.
Michigan osteopathic residents are the future of our state’s medical profession and Michigan is fortunate to have the largest number of osteopathic postdoctoral trainees in the country. Residents work long hours to complete their training. They are the lifeblood of many of our hospitals in Michigan. We are fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated professionals as a part of the osteopathic profession. In addition to becoming medical experts, residents are trained in management skills, health advocacy, research methodology and professionalism. We look to them to become future leaders in our profession, advocates for their patients, and some become state, national and world leaders in health research.