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American Osteopathic Association History Essay Competition
To encourage osteopathic medical students, interns and residents to study their profession’s past struggles and achievements, the AOA is conducting its eighth annual history essay competition.
As it has done since 2006, the AOA will award up to three winners: a $5,000 first prize, a $3,000 second prize and a $2,000 third prize.
In drafting your essay, follow the instructions for special communication articles found in the “Information for Authors” guidelines of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).
The maximum essay length is 3,000 words.
At the beginning of your essay, note the word count and the core principle your essay addresses.
Submit your essay as a Microsoft Word document, using 12-point Times New Roman font.
The deadline to submit essays is Monday, Aug. 4.
Contestants should focus their essays on one of the following five core principles:
Core Principle 6—The struggle for defining osteopathy’s scope of practice and the respective intellectual positions of those who favored broad and narrow scopes of practice. (Note: In developing the core principles, the AOA used the term osteopathy to refer to the profession during the period in which most DOs practiced strictly manipulative medicine.)
Core Principle 7—The eventual transformation of osteopathy into osteopathic medicine.
Core Principle 9—The political efforts of DOs to obtain equal licensure provisions and equal treatment with MDs under the law.
Core Principle 14—The U.S. Department of Education’s and the former Council on Postsecondary Accreditation’s decisions to recognize AOA accreditation of medical colleges.
Core Principle 16—The factors leading to and the consequences of DOs being admitted to the uniformed services as physicians and surgeons.
The deadline for entering the competition is Monday, Aug. 4.
Judging and Author Recognition
This year’s entries will undergo peer-review judging by the AOA editor in chief, JAOA associate editors and JAOA Editorial Advisory Board members.
Depending on the quality and quantity of the entries, the AOA will award prizes to up to three authors. The winning authors will be honored during the AOA’s 119th Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED), which will be held Oct. 25-29 in Seattle.
If you have questions about the AOA History Essay Competition, call (800) 621-1773, ext. 8166 or email email@example.com.