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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:
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:
The competition’s two categories were:
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.