American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Annual AOA Research Conference

research-conference.JPGThe Annual AOA Research Conference is held each year in conjunction with the AOA Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED). DOs, professors and osteopathic medical students present their research findings and network with other researchers who share mutual interests during didactic sessions, a full poster exhibition, and a student poster competition.​​​​​​​​​


 Request for Research Speakers


Research Speakers Sponsorship Awards OMED 2018

The American Osteopathic Association is issuing a call to sponsor research speakers to all osteopathic specialty colleges for the 2018 Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) Oct. 6-9, 2018, in San Diego.

The AOA seeks to integrate its research conference into the osteopathic specialty colleges' didactic sessions. The objective is to disseminate the latest research to the osteopathic community attending OMED without competing with the outstanding programs already being developed by the individual osteopathic specialty colleges. The AOA Department of Research and Development will sponsor speakers that meet the specific criteria set forth below.

Speaker Criteria
  • The speaker must be a DO or PhD.

  • The speaker must be disseminating the latest evidenced-based research and/or programs in the field of the specialty college.

Application Process

The osteopathic specialty college interested in receiving a research speaker sponsorships award should go to the online application and submit the following:

  • The specialty college's 2018 OMED program theme, goals and objectives.

  • Speaker’s research abstract, research journal article (if applicable), presentation title, presentation summary with three objectives, CV, brief bio, and photo.

The speakers’ presentations are listed in the OMED program as part of the Research Conference Track.


The maximum number of speaker sponsorship awards for 2018 OMED is six. Please read the Review/Award Process for specifics.

Review/Award Process

The AOA will review each packet and determine who will receive a speaker sponsorship award. The award will involve the AOA directly reimbursing the speaker for the following:

OMED Registration: It is the specialty college’s responsibility to cover all registration fees and to ensure that its speaker(s) registers in a timely fashion.

Transportation: The AOA will pay or reimburse for coach class air or rail travel; ground travel mileage for the use of an automobile at the rate of .54 cents a mile; and ground transportation expenses (parking, taxis, Uber) for travel to and from the hotel.

Lodging: The AOA will reimburse for hotel charges at a maximum of $250 per night, not to exceed two nights.

Food: The AOA will reimburse for food costs to a maximum of $110 per day, not to exceed two days.

Other: The AOA will provide an honorarium of up to $500.

For additional information, contact Gloria Dillard at (312) 202-8006 or email