Thursday, August 4, 2011

$10,000 in Prizes Available to Osteopathic Medical Students, Interns, and Residents through the AOA’s Annual Essay Contest

To encourage osteopathic medical students, interns and residents to study their profession’s past struggles and achievements, the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity is conducting its seventh annual history essay competition. The deadline for submitting essays is Monday, October 3, 2011.

As it has done since 2006, the bureau will bestow up to three awards: a $5,000 first prize, a $3,000 second prize and a $2,000 third prize. The bureau is asking contestants to focus their essays on the bureau’s “Core Principles for Teaching the History of Osteopathic Medicine.” For the 2011 essay competition, the bureau has chosen five different core principles:

Core Principle 3 - The political and cultural factors that shaped American medical licensure and jurisprudence to allow for the organizational and institutional growth of osteopathy in its formative period. (Note: In developing its core principles, the bureau used the term osteopathy to refer to the profession during the period in which most DOs practiced strictly manipulative medicine.)

Core Principle 10 - The difficulty of DOs gaining the same social status and visibility as MDs despite DOs coming ever closer to MDs in terms of training, as well as in terms of their diagnostic and therapeutic armamentaria.

Core Principle 13 - The factors leading to and the consequences of the merger of DOs with MDs in the state of California and the unanticipated effects on the profession’s solidarity elsewhere in the United States.

Core Principle 15 - The causes of the tremendous growth of osteopathic predoctoral education from the late 1960s through today and both the positive and negative consequences of this expansion on the osteopathic medical profession.

Core Principle 18 - The role of the “financing of health care” in changing the practice of osteopathic physicians, including its impact on both the number of osteopathic hospitals and the number of osteopathic graduate medical education programs.

For more information about the contest, please visit the following website.

Disclaimer: The OSU Center for Rural Health is providing this information as a service to the Oklahoma osteopathic medical community. The essay contest is sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association and all questions, comments, and concerns should be addressed to them.

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