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2021 BIOM International Seminar

Global health

Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine Abstract Competition

The 2021 submission portal opens June 7 and abstracts must be received by Aug. 16.

The AOA’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) is pleased to announce its 23rd annual global health competition, which provides 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, which serves as an integral part of the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) experience.

The submission portal is now open and the deadline for submissions is Aug. 16, 2021. Winners will be advised in mid-September.

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.

**For the 2021 program the BIOM will consider abstracts reflecting work with migrant and/or refugee populations within the United States.**

Schools/programs must review and attest to approval of each submission. View the complete guidelines.


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 present their work during OMED 2021. Presentations will be virtual.

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