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2019 BIOM International Seminar

Global health

Exploring health care on a global level

Osteopathic medical students and resident physicians can enter the 21st Annual BIOM competition on global health research and narrative medicine.

October 2019 | Baltimore

The American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) will present its 21st Annual International Seminar during OMED 2019. In conjunction with the seminar, BIOM is sponsoring a global health competition open to all U.S. osteopathic medical students and resident physicians. Applications are due by Aug. 16, 2019.

If you have questions about the competition or submission portal please contact biom@osteopathic.org.


The competition’s two categories are:

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

See the BIOM Competition Overview for more information.


In each of the categories, there will be:

  • One first-place prize of $750 plus a chance to present your project at the BIOM International Seminar.
  • One second-place prize of $500.

In addition, there will be one grand prize to the top overall entrant. This winner will receive an opportunity to present at the BIOM International Seminar and a cash prize of $1,500.

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.

Past seminars

Review submissions from past competition winners.

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