The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) recently announced the winners of its ninth annual student history essay competition. All essay entries for this contest focused on one of the five core principles for teaching the history of osteopathic medicine selected by the bureau for this year’s contest.
First Place, and the $5,000 prize, was awarded to Laura M. Jordan, OMS III, MS, MA, MLS. Ms. Jordan's winning essay is titled "Battling Diploma Mills: The Early Fight to Preserve the Osteopathic Principles of A. T. Still."
Second Place, and the $3,000 prize, was awarded to Nicholas Charles Madaffer, DO. Dr. Madaffer’s winning essay is titled “The Paradox of Osteopathy in the 21st Century!”
Third Place, and the $2,000 prize, was awarded to Rachel L. Gougian, OMS II. Ms. Gougian’s winning essay is titled "Gray Zone: Why a Delayed Acceptance of Osteopathic Medicine Persists in the International Community."
AACOM congratulates Ms. Jordan, Dr. Madaffer, and Ms. Gougian on their winning essays; all awardees were recognized during the AOA’s recent 119th annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED), in Las Vegas, NV.
The AOA student history essay competition is open to all osteopathic medical students, interns and residents.