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2024 BIOM Abstract Competition

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2024 BIOM Abstract Competition

Call for OMED 2024 Research Abstracts

The Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) and the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Research Abstract & Student Poster Competition are proud to announce their merger for the 2024 competition. This year marks the 26th annual global health competition, now enriched by our collaboration with the AOA research competition, showcasing our commitment to advancing excellence in health care research.


To qualify for the International Health category of the combined competition, research must:

  • Be conducted in low- or middle-income countries.
  • Focus on resource-constrained settings or on underserved populations.
  • Address global health crises, pandemics, vaccine distribution, preventative health and/or health disparities outside the U.S.

Virtual poster session

The Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (OMED) offers a unique platform for researchers to present their findings. Primary investigators with accepted abstracts are required to showcase their research through a digital (virtual) poster presentation held in conjunction with the OMED conference. Additionally, for the first time this year, approved international abstracts will be published on the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM) website.


Award amounts in the international competition mirror those of the general competition, and are as follows:

  • First Place (one available): $500
  • Second Place (two available): $250

Submission details and more information

Comprehensive details on submission guidelines, judging criteria and more are available on the OMED Research Competition webpage.

Note: This year, the BIOM will transition away from accepting narrative abstracts, focusing solely on research abstracts. Additionally, please note that the criteria for the international competition will vary slightly from the non-international competition, so please consult the “Review Criteria” section of the Abstract Criteria for more details.

Thank you to our co-sponsors for their generous support!

2023 BIOM abstract competition winners

Best overall ($1,500 prize)

Tafadzwa Amani, OMS IV, Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Abstract: “Epidemiology of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Associated Factors in Rural Guatemala” (research abstract)

Research category

First place ($750): Megan Sampath, OMS II, and Onyinyechi Nwosu, OMS II, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Abstract: “Knowledge and beliefs about the human papillomavirus and its vaccine are consistent across healthcare providers in the Paso del Norte region…”

Second place ($500): Akila Goel, OMS II, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Abstract: “Utilization of multivitamin supplementation in conjunction with albendazole antiparasitic agent protocols among patients in the Dominican Republic”

Narrative category

First place ($750): Samyukthaa Saiprakash, OMS III, Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Essay: “The Mother of Invention”

Second place ($500): Kamryn Benscoter, OMS II, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Essay: “Honduras: A Mutualistic Experience”

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