Conference Awards

Awards at Educating Leaders

AACOM is proud to present prizes and recognition to those who have demonstrated exemplary work in the osteopathic medical education community. The poster awards (see descriptions below) are given to those who have presented at Educating Leaders.

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AACOM President’s Award

The AACOM President’s Osteopathic Tenets Research Award recognizes the efforts made by members of the osteopathic medical education community to undertake osteopathic research and is awarded annually, at the Educating Leaders conference. AACOM’s President and CEO, Dr. Robert Cain chooses the awardee and will present the award during Educating Leaders.

What Do I Get?

  • Recognition by your colleagues
  • Prestige within the osteopathic medical education community
  • The selected poster will receive a cash award. The award to the winning poster is:
    • $1,000 if the winning poster is selected from categories 1 – 3
    • $2,000 if the winning poster is selected from category 4
  • Shared along with other research awards across AACOM social media channels

Eligibility:

  • Each entry must designate its topic
  • Content must promote one or more of the four tenets of osteopathic medicine. This may be accomplished through a model curriculum intended to promote the tenets:
    • in the classroom
    • at the bedside
    • integrated into patient care.

The posters will be judged based upon the following criteria:

Category 1

Based upon Tenet 1, content promotes a whole person approach to patient care, recognizing the contributing roles of the mind, body, and spirit to overall health and wellness.  Posters addressing the role of spirituality in medicine will receive added consideration.

Examples

  • The impact of social determinants of health upon the management of a chronic disease
  • The impact of spirituality upon recovery from a serious illness
  • The impact of a whole person approach to patient care upon outcomes

Category 2

Based upon Tenet 2, content recognizes the important contribution of musculoskeletal health to overall health.  Posters promoting the use of osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) as an important part of overall patient care will receive added consideration.

Examples

  • The contribution of OMT to management of a chronic disease (such as COPD)
  • The effect of exercise upon prevention or treatment of malignancy
  • The impact of OMM upon patient care outcomes

Category 3

Based upon Tenet 3, content focuses on the body’s innate abilities to heal, regulate, and maintain when provided with the right conditions.  Posters investigating our ability to affect the function of our immune system will receive added consideration.

Examples

  • The identification of mechanisms to enhance our natural responses to infection
  • The identification of mechanisms to promote intrinsic anti-tumor activity
  • The identification of mechanisms to promote wound healing
  • The impact of promoting self-healing, self-regulation, self-maintenance upon patient care outcomes

Category 4

Based upon Tenet 4, content integrates all three tenets as described above.  Posters in this category, reflecting the complexity of health and wellness, will be given highest consideration.

Best Research Poster Awards

Accepted poster abstracts are eligible to compete against peers for top placement and recognition in the osteopathic medical education community with the Best Research Poster Award. 3-5 top research posters will be selected by the committee based on content of the poster. One author from each of the top posters will be asked to present virtually to a panel of judges who will utilize a rubric to rank winners for both Faculty Poster and Student/Trainee Poster. View Award Recipients from previous years.

Categories

  • Faculty Poster (faculty expected to present)
  • Student/Trainee Poster (student or trainee expected to present)

Prizes

  • 1st Place – $1,000
  • 2nd Place – $500
  • 3rd Place – $250
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