Annual AOA-SOMA Research Poster Competition


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