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2020 BIOM International Seminar

Exploring health care on a global level

Osteopathic medical students and resident physicians present at the BIOM competition on global health research and narrative medicine.

The American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) presented its 22nd Annual International Seminar during OMED 2020. In conjunction with the seminar, BIOM sponsored a global health competition open to all U.S. osteopathic medical students and resident physicians. The winners, with their submitted posters, are listed below:

Poster winners

Best Overall Winner ($1,500 prize):

Sean Bowling, OMS II, from Edward Via COM for his abstract “Short-term medical mission students promoting culturally appropriate food intakes to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in Honduras.”

Research Abstract Category:

First Place ($750 prize): Farzeen Syed, OMS IV, from KCUMB, for her abstract, “Assessing Barriers Towards Implementing Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination in Rural Kenya”

Second Place ($500 prize): Sarah Pederson, OMS IV, from RVUCOM, for her abstract, “Utilization of Traditional vs Contemporary Medicine in Global Indigenous Populations: the Maasai of Kenya”

Narrative Medicine Essay Category:

First Place ($750 prize): Marco Cunicelli, OMS IV, from Edward Via COM, for his essay. “How Does Limited Access to Routine OB-GYN Care Affect a Woman’s Health?”

Second Place ($500 prize): Amy Freeland, OMS III, from MSU-COM, for her essay, “Guatemala: A Personal Narrative on the Disparity of Pediatric Care”

Additional BIOM 2020 Poster Presentations:

  • Jerry Oommen, OMS IV (MSUCOM) – Accuracy of Weight Estimation Using Broselow Tape in Peruvian Pediatric Population
  • Brian Barnett, OMS III (MSUCOM) – Evaluation of Respiratory Symptoms in Peruvian Populations: A Community-Based Cross-Sectional Study as a Source for Practicing Preventive Healthcare
  • Alicia Speak, OMS III (MSUCOM) – Identifying Barriers to Healthcare in Underserved Populations
  • Genevieve Stone, OMS II (MSUCOM) – Evaluating Peruvian Childhood Body Mass Index (BMI) Trends Through Standards Established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Alyia Cameron, OMS-II (VCOM) – Increasing Cultural Competencies Among Medical Students: A Multinational Global Health Seminar
  • Katherine Guardado, OMS-I (MSUCOM) – Antimicrobial Susceptibility Profile of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in a University Hospital in Trujillo, Peru
  • Mary Gad, OMS III (VCOM) – Testimonials From Multinational Medical School Students in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Global Health Approach
  • Carly Suriano, OMS-II (MUSCOM) – Efficiency of Standard Diagnostic Procedures for the Surveillance and Diagnosis of Dengue Virus in Peru
  • Priya Sankaran, OMS III (MSUCOM): Making a Section Whole: Improvement of Cesarean Section-Related Sequelae with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine”
  • Sherilyn Munoz, OMS IV (KCUMB): Manifestations of Osteoarthritis in Patients in Guatemala


The competition’s two categories were:

  • Global health research abstracts (up to 500 words).
  • Narrative medicine essays related to global health work, including opinions and personal impact (up to 1,500 words).

All entries had to be focused on the entrants’ experiences with global health and/or providing health care internationally. Schools/programs had to review and attest to approval of each submission. Research projects also needed institutional review board (IRB) approval.

Thank you to DOCARE International, the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association for their contributions towards the competition prize money.

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