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The MOMA Minute

President's Report

Hello MOMA Family,

Thank you for being part of the MOMA Family and for your organization and profession's ongoing support.

This year has been hard on many of our fellow physicians, caregivers, patients, and others close to us. I understand that when life gets hectic, we prioritize the things closest to us and needing the most immediate attention — for most in the MOMA family these days, that means caring for patients and leading healthcare teams in unprecedented circumstances.

We appreciate you for all you are doing!

For our part, we continue to press forward behind the scenes to develop new communications platforms for this new newsletter, and our ever-growing social media community, and new resources like our reinvented website, to more effectively communicate all the ways we work on your behalf to advance osteopathic medicine in Mississippi and beyond. We continue to partner with state and national organizations on various health care issues ranging from physician well being and medical marijuana to surprise billing and scope of practice concerns. And we are gearing up for some outstanding educational offerings in 2021.

To put it simply, we are doing everything we can behind the scenes to help you lead care teams at the center stage of unprecedented challenges.

If there is anything we can do to serve you better, please let us know.

Again, thank you for being part of the MOMA Family. 

Seger Morris DO, MBA

President, MOMA


Welcome New Members

The Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association's mission is to promote quality osteopathic medicine in Mississippi. As a new member, you now have access to all of the benefits MOMA has to offer. We are delighted to have you as part of our team! Reach out to us at any time. We are here to serve you.


Government Affairs

DO day on Capitol Hill will take place virtually on March 7-8, 2021. This virtual event will allow students, postdoctoral trainees, practicing physicians, and affiliate leaders to engage with lawmakers and take advantage of several other exciting updates.

One crucial difference this year is that registration will be capped for each state. Based on participants' feedback in recent SOMA and physician leadership fly-ins, there is a strong consensus that Congressional meetings are more productive when meeting group size is limited. Registration limits for each state will be based on the state's Congressional delegation and state osteopathic association size.

Registration for the 2021 DO Day is expected to launch after Thanksgiving, and more details will be available at that time. Please e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions before then.


Every day during the legislative session, the Capitol Medical Unit is staffed by a full-time nurse and an MSMA volunteer physician who provide basic medical services to legislators and capitol staff. Let us feature you as a Doctor of the Day! January dates are available! Sign up here: 


Annual Business Meeting

Annual Business Meeting 2021 (click here to access)

MOMA Members,

We are seeking your input on the timing of our Annual Business Meeting for 2021.  Since we were unable to host our Annual Coast Conference in 2020 due to COVID-19, we made the decision to move our Annual Business Meeting to the Fall.  We held the meeting on the WCUCOM campus in September and offered a virtual and in-person option to attend the meeting.  Member attendance at the meeting was much higher than in previous years.  Record attendance, along with several other factors, such as better timing for budget reporting, CME event review/reports, membership numbers review, and updates from the AOA House of Delegates, all led our board to believe that the timing of this meeting should potentially be moved to the Fall permanently.  In addition, the MOMA presence on the WCUCOM campus could be beneficial in many ways for student/member networking.  Before we make this decision, we wanted to seek the input of our full membership.  Please take a couple of moments to submit your response to share with our Board of Directors. To be clear, the Annual Coast Conference CME Event will remain in its current form, in Destin, and at the same time; this is only moving the 1-2 hour Annual Business Meeting that typically occurs one afternoon during the Coast Conference. 


Calendar of Events

Poster Session & CME Credit Hours

MOMA will be hosting a student poster session on January 30, 2021. All members are encouraged to join us as we hear some of the great things our students are doing in medical research.

MOMA is proud to offer our members three free virtual CME hours to be hosted alongside our Student Poster Session on January 30, 2021. These hours will be available live and on-demand streaming for 30-days.

Check our website for more details on the poster session and CME credit hours.

AOA Midyear Business Meeting

February 22-24, 2021

The AOA Board of Trustees (BOT) will convene virtually for their 2021 Midyear Retreat & Business Meeting beginning Monday, February 22 through Wednesday, February 24, 2021. The Midyear General Session will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 10 am – 2 pm CT. All Affiliate Leaders are invited to participate in this meeting. Meeting related materials, including the agenda and itinerary, will post to the AOA Midyear Business Meeting webpage.

Registration: Meeting participants and guests should register their attendance using the Affiliate and Guest Registration form. Please forward the online registration link to any representatives that will attend the meeting on behalf of an AOA Affiliate Group. Registration must be completed by Friday, February 12, 2021. Please make sure to visit the AOA Midyear Business Meeting webpage periodically for updates. Should you have any questions or need assistance, contact Val Carr at [email protected].

Match Day 2021


On March 19th, students from the class of 2021 will discover where they will complete their residencies.

Please help us celebrate the Class of 2021 on Match Day!

Do you have words of encouragement or congratulations to share with fourth-year medical students this Match Day? What do you wish you would have known when embarking on your residency training? Share your words of wisdom with the next generation of DOs. Your message will be shared with students during the virtual Match Day Ceremony. Share photos, videos, or words of wisdom to [email protected]


40th Annual Coast Conference


MOMA is proud to host a meeting each summer in beautiful Sandestin.  We are even more excited to come back together for our 40th Annual Coast Conference on June 1-5, 2021!  The CME program will feature outstanding speakers and experts in their fields. Sessions will address current and forthcoming medical issues of concern and interest. Topics will have particular appeal to primary care providers. Registration is now open, visit  




The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine has been selected to participate in the "Choosing Wisely STARS 2021" program. 

WCUCOM is the first osteopathic medical school in the country to be accepted into STARS – which stands for Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship. Other medical schools chosen for STARS 2021 include to name a few, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

"We are thrilled to be the first and only osteopathic medical school selected for the Choosing Wisely STARS program. It beautifully aligns with the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine's commitment to graduate leaders who will shape the future of primary care medicine," said Dr. Italo Subbarao, dean of WCUCOM.

Through a competitive application process, WCUCOM selected two first-year and two second-year medical students to serve as the university's inaugural Choosing Wisely STARS scholars. They were introduced at a press conference on December 8: Roberto Cordero of Sebastian, Fla.; Tayler Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge, La.; Thy Cao of Garden Grove, Calif.; and Sameerah Shaik of Harriman, N.Y.

The Choosing Wisely STARS program aims to catalyze grassroots, student-led initiatives in medical education. WCU's STARS scholars will participate in virtual leadership summits designed to enhance their knowledge and skills in key areas such as value in medicine, health and healthcare equity, leadership, and advocacy. They will also network with a large community of care experts as a part of a learning community. 



Students of MOMA

The students of MOMA were extremely proud to share their experiences after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

“I did this for my patients. I did this for my family. I did this for my community. I urge you to trust medicine and get vaccinated.”

Tayler Thibodeaux, OMS2

WCUCOM students fall under the healthcare personnel phase of the Mississippi vaccination schedule. To find out more about the vaccine and vaccination sites, visit



Post-Doc Training in a Pandemic

As many of you can agree, residency is a time of substantial learning curves, ups and downs, hard lessons, long nights, and interesting experiences that become crowd-pleasers at parties. Just as everyone is adjusting their practice or schooling in the new circumstances we all find ourselves, one thing I never expected from my residency training was how to be an Emergency Medicine physician in a global pandemic.

Emergency medicine is potentially one of the specialties more dramatically affected my COVID, especially with our many required ICU rotations. But this pandemic has seeped through every aspect of medicine, leaving no specialty untouched. It would be easy to dwell on all of the stressful parts of this, like holding the hand of a patient while their family says goodbye on facetime, consults refusing to take patients who desperately need their specific service because "they might have the virus,", fighting for adequate PPE, or ensuring our incoming interns include more than COVID in their differential.

But instead, I have been privy to a unique phenomenon, where I have seen physicians, nurses, and hospital administration come together to do everything possible to keep patients and employees safe while navigating uncharted territory and continuing to provide good medical care to some of the sickest patients in Mississippi. Furthermore, I have seen some of these same physicians, some of whom are a part of the MOMA family, rise above, and become advocates on the front lines. These physicians ensure patient safely when others do not. They ensure adequate resources when budget cuts put us in danger, and they provide exceptional, compassionate care in situations for which we were never trained.

As exhausted as we all are, it seems that our profession has a knack for being particularly adaptable. I am honored to be a part of an organization where overwhelmingly; the members are those physicians paving the way through this pandemic with determination to do what is right for our patients in a time that it would be easier than ever to cut corners in the name of burnout.  This new normal is still an adjustment, but as I continue my second year of residency, I know that training in this time will better prepare me for anything else I might face in my career, and hopefully develop into the kind of community leader that is so well-demonstrated by the members of MOMA.

Victoria Ross, DO PGY-2

Dpt. of Emergency Medicine

University of Mississippi Medical Center

MOMA BOD Resident Representative


Member Spotlight

Dr. Worthington received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). She received her internship/residency training in Family Practice- OMT through Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio. She has always had a heart for rural primary care. She has served as an ambassador for the National Health Service Corps and is currently the course director for the second year curriculum in the department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a fierce supporter of the osteopathic profession and actively serves on the MOMA board of directors.


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