Diversity, equity and inclusion

AOA now accepting nominations for its 2024 DEI Unification Award

Awards to recognize individual and organizational contributions to DEI initiatives in the osteopathic community. Nominations are due by May 20.


The AOA is now accepting nominations for this year’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Unification Award. This annual award will be presented to one individual and one organization that has proven exemplary leadership and commitment to promoting and advancing DEI initiatives in the osteopathic community.

Nominations may be submitted on the candidate’s behalf (with their permission) and must include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Description of how the candidate or organization has advanced DEI initiatives in the osteopathic community, which could include, but is not limited to:
    • Raising awareness about the challenges and opportunities related to DEI in the osteopathic profession
    • Working to increase opportunities for demographic groups that have been historically underrepresented in osteopathic medicine
    • Developing DEI programs, resources and tools for an organization or the profession
    • Advocating for underrepresented minorities in osteopathic medicine
  • Letter of recommendation

Additionally, candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a contributing member to the osteopathic community with significant and demonstrable contributions to the DEI field
  • Be an AOA member in good standing

Nominations should be submitted by Monday, May 20, 2024. Winners will be notified in August and recognized in September during OMED 2024 in San Antonio. Visit the DEI award webpage for more information and to access the nomination form.

Contact Priya Garg, MBA, AOA chief engagement and diversity officer, at pgarg@osteopathic.org with any questions.

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