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.
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 FMA and the FOMA proudly provide this public service each year.
Governor Jeb Bush with Past FOMA President Joseph Giaimo, DO
Governor Charlie Crist with former FOMA Legislative Chairman Marcelino Oliva, Jr., DO
House Speaker Alan Bense with Past President Ronald Burns, DO and Janet Burns
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