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2020 BIOM International Seminar

Global health

Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine 2020 Abstract Competition

Osteopathic medical students and residents: Enter the 22nd annual BIOM competition on global health research and narrative medicine

The American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) is pleased to announce its 22nd annual global health competition!

The objective of the AOA’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine’s (BIOM) abstract competition is to provide an opportunity for osteopathic medical students and residents to disseminate their global health research and narrative medicine experiences to a broader audience. 

The Abstract Competition includes a Poster Expo. The Poster Expo is an integral part of the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) experience. 

All osteopathic medical students and osteopathic medical residents in the United States are eligible to enter the competition’s two categories:

Global health research abstracts

  • Research Abstracts must be a clinical, basic science or health services study. The research category includes any project using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to collect evidence of or test a hypothesis about any aspect of global health. Research projects must have IRB approval.

Narrative medicine essays

  • The narrative medicine category allows for osteopathic medical students and residents to submit essays of creative nonfiction describing their experiences in global health. The competition invites participants to submit short nonfiction narratives about their global health outreach experiences.

All entries must be focused on the entrants’ experiences with global health and/or providing healthcare internationally. Schools/programs must review and attest to approval of each submission. Complete guidelines can be found here.


Grand Prize – $1,500

First Prize – $750 in each category

Second Prize – $500 in each category

The grand prize winner and both first-prize winners will be given the opportunity to orally present their work in Austin, TX, on Oct. 17, 2020.

We thank our affiliates – the COSGP, SOMA, and DOCARE International – for their contributions towards the prize monies.

The submission portal is now open. You may register and submit your abstract here. Submission deadline is Aug. 9, 2020. Winners will be advised by Sept. 8, 2020.

Past seminars

Review submissions from past competition winners.

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