The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity is currently holding its eighth annual history essay competition. The essays are meant to focus on several core principles for teaching the history of osteopathic medicine in order to foster a deeper sense of understanding regarding the osteopathic medical profession and its origins. Three winning authors will receive cash prizes for their outstanding essay submissions. Awards include a $5,000 first prize, a $3,000 second prize and a $2,000 third prize. The winning authors will be honored during the AOA’s 117th Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition, which will be held October 7-11, 2012, in San Diego, California.