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FOMA Osteopathic Medicine Day in the Florida Legislature 2015

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On April 15, 2015 the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA) and Legislative Chairman Paul Seltzer, DO, kicked off its 21st Annual Osteopathic Medicine & Health Awareness Day in the Florida Legislature at the Florida Capitol. Once again, it was a huge success. Physicians from around the state and students from LECOM-Bradenton met with Senate President Andy Gardiner, Florida Surgeon General John Armstorng, MD, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwarer and other distinguished healthcare leaders. Doctors of the Day were Gregory Williams, DO, Michelle Mendez, DO and Bridget Bellingar, DO.

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FOMA President William Stager, DO receives the Senate Proclamation from Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, proclaiming April 15th Osteopathic Medicine & Health Awareness Day in Florida.

The event began with dinner on Tuesday, April 14th, on the 22nd floor of the Capitol. That evening, a cocktail hour was held overlooking downtown Tallahassee, followed by dinner. This was a great time for everyone to mingle and get to know each other.

The next day began before sunrise with a legislative awards breakfast on the 22nd floor of the Capitol. During the breakfast, awards were given to the FOMA Legislators of the Year who were Senator John Legg (R-Lutz) and Representative Janet Adkins, DO (R-Fernandina Beach). After meeting with their legislators, everyone retired to the 22nd floor for lunch. The day ended with closing remarks from Stephen Winn, FOMA Executive Director. It was a great day!

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FOMA President William Stager, DO with his mother Dania Stager-Snow, EdD at the Florida State Senate.

Osteopathic Medicine Day gives state legislators the chance to meet leaders of the osteopathic profession in Florida. Legislators learn first-hand how important the role of the osteopathic physician is to the delivery of quality healthcare to the citizens of Florida. It also gives Florida DO’s a chance to help gain visibility for the osteopathic profession and see just how the legislative process works. If you weren’t able to attend this year, make sure that, you don’t miss it next year!

Mark your calendar, the 2016 Osteopathic Medicine & Health Awareness Day will be held on January 14, 2016!

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FOMA President William Stager, DO with his mother Dania Stager-Snow, EdD and with Florida Chief Financial Officer at the Florida State Senate.

FOMA Doctor of the Day in the Florida Legislature 2015

The Doctor of the Day Program was started in the 1960’s by a former House member, Representative Walter Sackett, MD from Miami. He encouraged the Florida Medical Association (FMA) to bring a physician to Tallahassee each day of the Regular Legislative Session. Physicians who are willing to spend a day in Tallahassee during the Session perform an invaluable service by providing health care for members of the legislature and legislative employees. In addition, this program continues to be a vital component in improving and strengthening physician-legislator relations. The Doctor of the Day program is now coordinated through the Office of Legislative Services at the Capitol. If you are interested in being a doctor of the day for the 2015 Legislative Session, please calll the FOMA office.

The FOMA thanks Dana Stewart, RN, and Carole Beckman, RN for their continued service and dedication to the citizens of Florida at the nurses station in the Florida Capitol. 2015 Doctors of the Day were Michelle Mendez, DO, Veronica Romanov, DO, Gregory Williams, DO, Jason Pirozzolo, DO, Ronald Renuart, DO, Rudolph Moise, DO, Mark Dobbertien, DO, Carl Dragstedt, DO, and Bridget Bellingar, DO.

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