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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?

The Bureau of Emerging Leaders’ OMED Scholarship Program was created to increase resident, fellow and new physician in practice participation in leadership. The application cycle is now closed.

Questions can be directed to Priya Garg, MBA, Chief Engagement and Diversity Officer, at [email protected].

Scholarship details

Three scholarship winners will receive:

  • Up to $1,500 travel stipend to cover the cost of an economy round-trip flight booked at least 30 days before OMED and two nights’ hotel lodging
  • Complimentary OMED registration
  • Personalized OMED itinerary
  • Exclusive opportunities to network with AOA leadership

Who can apply?

Osteopathic residents, fellows and new physicians in practice who meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in an AOA- or ACGME-accredited postdoctoral training program (if you are a resident/fellow)
  • Within five years of completing postdoctoral training (if you are a new physician in practice)
  • First-time OMED attendee
  • Current AOA member

Applicants with an interest in the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Continued engagement and leadership within the osteopathic profession
  • Professional or political advocacy

Winner expectations

  • Attend the following required events at OMED:
    • Orientation with BEL OMED Scholarship Workgroup prior to the start of OMED
    • Opening and general sessions
    • Welcome reception
    • Any AOA leadership receptions and networking events as invited
  • Share your experience on social media during and after OMED
  • Write a testimonial to use for future marketing materials
  • Participate in mentoring sessions at OMED as requested
  • Complete a post-OMED survey

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

Ashwin Shankar, DO, OMED 2023
I became an osteopathic physician because I believe that osteopathy’s foundation lies in service. Throughout my journey as an osteopathic medical student, a pediatric resident and now as a pediatric and adult allergy/immunology fellow, I have been given the opportunity to advocate for my profession and facilitate the implementation of osteopathic scholarly work in both the collegial and the patient environment. As a BEL Scholarship Recipient at OMED23, I had the pleasure to connect with like-minded individuals, network with various branches of the AOA and mentor medical students and residents. It was extremely fulfilling to pave the way forward and give back to my future colleagues, especially during the current political climate. This experience not only allowed me to stay grounded to the roots of my training but also helped me maintain and refine my engagement in our field and profession in order to ensure that our profession continues to stay active in the medical world. Over the years, I have found that the tenets of osteopathic medicine not only occur in the medical field but also in our day-to-day interactions with others. By acknowledging others respectfully no matter the background, providing assistance to those in need and promoting an environment of kindness, these tenets have shaped the way I have grown as an individual and a clinician. I hope to inspire and empower others through osteopathic medicine, just as my mentors, patients, colleagues, BEL and OMED23 have done for me.

Shahmir Naveed, DO, OMED 2023
I was fortunate enough to receive the BEL scholarship for OMED and it was an indescribable experience. I met so many wonderful physicians and students in training and to be able to bond with fellow osteopathic physicians was amazing. The program did well to incorporate us into the OMED experience and I could not recommend OMED enough to people who have never experienced it. Truly, it is an eye-opening experience to the world of osteopathic physicians!

Nigel Jagoo, DO, OMED 2022
Being able to attend OMED truly re-energized me and reminded me of why I chose to become an osteopathic physician.

Jasmine Jones, DO, OMED 2022
The BEL scholarship program served to be one of the highlights of my residency experience. Having the opportunity to attend OMED introduced me to the many avenues of leadership that are available for me to pursue throughout my career. The opportunities to advance the osteopathic profession are limitless, and this scholarship has allowed me to realize my true potential as a DO. Throughout this experience I was also able to form bonds with colleagues in different specialties as well, which will serve me for a lifetime. For these reasons, I am beyond grateful for the BEL Scholarship Program.

Mansi Vadodaria, DO, OMED 2021
OMED 2021 has been an engaging and exciting virtual weekend that was filled with lectures of diverse topics, fun interactive scavenger hunts, a medical resident focused series of lectures and thought-provoking and tear-jerking opening speakers. As a recipient of the BEL OMED scholarship, I was fortunate to be a part of OMED 2021 as it provided me with the resources and knowledge to continue growing in my journey as an osteopathic physician. I look forward to my future opportunities to attend OMED!

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