AACOM congratulates Kristen A. Balkam, osteopathic medical student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), for winning the 2014 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) History Essay Competition. Ms. Balkam was awarded the $5,000 first-place prize for her essay, entitled “The Historical Role of Rationalism and Empiricism in Defining Osteopathic Medicine’s Scope of Practice.”
All essay entries undergo peer-review judging by the AOA editor in chief, JAOA associate editors, and JAOA Editorial Advisory Board members. This year’s entrants were charged with addressing one of the five core principles for teaching the history of osteopathic medicine selected for the 2014 program, which included:
- 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.
- 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 annual AOA History Essay Competition is open to all osteopathic medical students, interns, and residents. For more information on this contest, visit the AOA’s website.