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BEL OMED Scholarship

Be a leader

Apply for the Bureau of Emerging Leaders OMED Scholarship Program

Want to make connections and make an impact? Consider applying for the 2020 scholarship.

The Bureau of Emerging Leaders’ OMED Scholarship Program was created to increase postdoctoral trainee participation in leadership. To apply for the scholarship, please fill out this form after reviewing the information below. Applications are due by June 1, 2020.

Questions can be directed to William Padilla, Program Manager, Student & Young Physician Affairs, at

Scholarship Details

10 scholarship winners will receive:

  • $1,500 Stipend
  • Complimentary OMED registration

Who can apply?

DO Postdoctoral Trainees who meet the following 2 criteria:

  • Enrolled in an AOA or ACGME approved postdoctoral training program
  • First-time OMED attendee

Those seeking to engage with the AOA via the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Plan to practice in an osteopathic-naïve region or specialty
  • Interest in AOA Board Certification
  • Interest in Professional Advocacy

Winner Obligations

  • Receive a recommended OMED itinerary
    • The following required events will be noted:
      • Pre-meeting with AOA staff before or upon arrival to OMED (an orientation)
      • Opening Sessions
      • Welcome Reception
      • COM Alumni Event
    • Invitation to AOA leadership receptions and networking events
  • Make and/or share social media posts
  • Provide a testimonial following attendance
  • Participate in mentoring sessions at OMED
  • Complete a pre-OMED and post-OMED survey

Check out what some of our past scholarship winners had to say about OMED!

David Issever, DO, OMED 2019

“Having never been at OMED prior to this year, I must say that I was impressed by the breadth of osteopathic medicine. DOs do so much!  Every specialty in the field was present and the opportunity to speak and interact with AOA leadership was a particular honor. My number one takeaway from OMED was that the AOA leadership listen to us and care about the needs and concerns we young osteopathic physicians face going forward in our careers. I’m also appreciative of the opportunity to connect with important figures/mentors in many different specialties. The networking connections are invaluable and provided an organic way of meeting. One can expect to find more lectures and talks then one has time for. As a BEL scholarship recipient, I had more exclusive time to converse with members in AOA leadership.”

Gretchen E. Maurer, DO, OMED 2018

“OMED 2018 was an engaging and collaborative conference to network with fellow DOs in practice. The OMED program encompassed various TED-style talks with perspectives on a broad range of topics from different specialties and disciplines in medicine. The environment was warm and welcoming, inspiring curiosity and discussion, and of course, hands-on OMT modalities. OMED is a great opportunity to make connections with fellow alumni and leaders in osteopathic medicine, as well as inspire the next generation of enthusiastic osteopathic physicians. I remain most grateful to the Bureau of Emerging Leaders for allowing participation in the 2018 BEL OMED Scholarship Program; the experience re-ignited my passion to make progressive changes in medicine while promoting the tenets of osteopathic medicine in practice.”

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