AOA OMS Research Fellows grant Request For Applications

Dear Osteopathic Medical Student Researchers,


The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is proud to announce the Request for Applications (RFA) for our Osteopathic Medical Student (OMS) Research Fellowship Program. This program supports research training of OMSs and enables the OMSs to conduct a basic science, clinical, or health services research projects that will make a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine. Additionally, this RFA seeks to introduce OMSs to the osteopathic research community and encourage them to implement research throughout their career.


The OMS Research Fellowship Program will award successful applicants up to $5,000 for research projects spanning 6 to 12 month research periods, beginning September 1st, 2017. OMS Research Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research as a Podium Presentation at OMED 2018, and publish their results thereafter.


The requirements for fellowship applicants include conducting research in one of the AOA’s five research priority focus areas. Conducting research in these focus areas has the greatest potential to impact patient care and evidence-based medicine and demonstrate the value DOs and their approach to care bring to the medical profession.


OMS Research Fellows will conduct research under a research mentor. Funds may support supplemental projects of existing research studies, granted supplemental projects have research questions and specific aims distinct from the existing (parent) study.


The deadline for application is May 31st, 2017, however, students are encouraged to begin working on their applications now, as the grant application is lengthy and requires appropriate planning.


For complete information regarding the application process and further instructions, please utilize the following links:

General Information for the OMS Research Fellow Program

OMS Research Fellowship General Guidelines

OMS Research Plan Instructions

OMS Research Budget Worksheet

Application Checklist for OMS Research Fellows
AOA Grant Submission Portal Registration / Instructions
AOA Grant Submission Portal


For technical assistance or questions, please contact the AOA Department of Research and Development at:

Gloria Dillard, MPH

Research Manager Phone: (312) 202-8006

Fax: (312) 202-8306



Charles Lopresto

Research Director, Student Osteopathic Medical Association





Charles Lopresto

Research Director


Final Call for Abstracts, OMED 2016 Research Competitions!



SOMA would like to invite you once more to participate in the Research Poster Presentations at OMED: Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition 2016, taking place in Sunny Anaheim California, September 17-20th 2016!

As a SOMA member, you can submit an abstract to one of two competitions, the AOA-SOMA competition and the BIOM-International competition (Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine), and share your research and experiences with the Osteopathic community.

This is an excellent opportunity for SOMA Members to build a research portfoliogain experience presenting at a national poster competition and potentially win cash prizes!


The BIOM Poster Presentation competition is specifically for international research or medical mission experiences. It is open to anyone from the profession, and all students who have completed international outreach projects and/or research since October 2015 are invited to submit an abstract and particpate in the poster competition. Abstracts should be submitted in one of two categories: 1) broad outreach experiences and 2) research completed while on outreach programs. 


Judging for the student poster competition will be carried out by members of BIOM, SOMA, and COSGP. First place in both the Outreach and Research Category will be awarded $750 each. Second place in both the Outreach and Research Category will be awarded $500 each. This year, there will be an additional grand prize of $1,500 awarded to the best overall student poster and abstract. All winners will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation during the International Seminar.

Review the crtieria and guidelines for the poster session and abstract competition. ​​

The deadline for submission is August 14th, 2016!!!

The AOA-SOMA abstract deadline for submission was May 15, 2016! Good luck to all that submitted!

Approved abstracts will be granted presentation at the research symposium and published in the January 2017 edition of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). Awards include three 1st place prizes of $500 and six 2nd place prizes of $250

Abstract Guidelines, Eligibility, and Submission Link

**The AOA asks that you not apply to both the AOA-SOMA competition and the BIOM poster presentation.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SOMA Research Director for more information.

SOMA Research Director
Charles Lopresto, OMS II

Research Director


Charles Lopresto, OMS III

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem, NY