Global health

Abstracts and essays on nutrition, HPV vaccination, pediatric care disparities win 2020 BIOM prizes

Five students won prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500.

The AOA’s Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) recently awarded five osteopathic medical students with prizes for the abstracts and essays they submitted to its global health abstract and narrative medicine essay competitions.

The winners’ abstracts and essays as well as additional student research abstracts from the competition are now available for viewing here.

Below is a list of winners. Learn more about the competitions here.

Best Overall Winner ($1,500 prize):

Sean Bowling, OMS II, from Edward Via COM for his abstract “Short-term medical mission students promoting culturally appropriate food intakes to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in Honduras.”

Research Abstract Category:

First Place ($750 prize): Farzeen Syed, OMS IV, from KCUMB, for her abstract, “Assessing Barriers Towards Implementing Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination in Rural Kenya.”

Second Place ($500 prize): Sarah Pederson, OMS IV, from RVUCOM, for her abstract, “Utilization of Traditional vs Contemporary Medicine in Global Indigenous Populations: the Maasai of Kenya.”

Narrative Medicine Essay Category:

First Place ($750 prize): Marco Cunicelli, OMS IV, from Edward Via COM, for his essay. “How Does Limited Access to Routine OB-GYN Care Affect a Woman’s Health?”

Second Place ($500 prize): Amy Freeland, OMS III, from MSU-COM, for her essay, “Guatemala: A Personal Narrative on the Disparity of Pediatric Care.”

See the winning abstracts and read the essays here.

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