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2016 BIOM International Seminar

Global health

Seminar explored innovation in osteopathic education and outreach on a global level

The Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) presented the 18th Annual International Seminar, “Innovation in Osteopathic Education and Outreach,” on Sept. 17 during OMED 2016 in Anaheim, California.

The BIOM program focused on the development of global osteopathic medical programs from undergraduate outreach and rotations to residency and beyond. The seminar​ described how international medical programs are integrating osteopathic medicine, and covered safety and best practices for outreach and rotations throughout the globe. Alan Schalscha, DO, provided the keynote address, bringing his vast experience in providing care worldwide to seminar attendees. In addition, BIOM completed a business meeting on Sept. 18 during which a wide range of topics relating to our work were discussed.

Student poster competition and session

BIOM partnered with the Student Osteopathic Me​dical Association (SOMA), the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and DOCARE International for the annual Student Poster Competition and Session, which focused on the international medical experiences of osteopathic students and physicians. Read this year’s abstracts.

The poster exhibits session was open to anyone from the profession. All students who had completed international outreach projects and/or research after October 2015 were invited to participate in the poster competition. Abstracts were accepted for two categories: broad outreach experiences and research completed during outreach programs. Members of BIOM, SOMA and COSGP judged the student competition. First-place prizes of $750 and second-place prizes of $500 were awarded, as well as a grand prize of $1,500 to the best overall submission. All winners were invited to give a 20-minute presentation during the International Seminar.


BIOM Competition Winners

Best Overall

Overall winner: George Park, OMS II

View Presentation

Broad Outreach Experiences

First place: Robin Piper, OMS II

Second place: Taylor Dickey, OMS II

Research Completed during Outreach Programs

First place: Laura Harding, OMS II

Second place: Samantha Ward, OMS IV

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