William L. Wetzel Osteopathic Education and Research Foundation

Missouri Osteopathic Student and Postgraduate Research Symposium

The William L. Wetzel Osteopathic Education and  Research Foundation, in conjunction with the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, is excited to offer osteopathic students, including biomedicine students at a college of osteopathic medicine, and postgraduates the opportunity to submit abstracts for the Third Annual Missouri Osteopathic Student and Postgradaute Research Symposium. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention April 30-May 4, 2014 at the Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri.

All osteopathic students, osteopathic biomedicine students, residents, and fellows are invited to submit an abstract to display a poster highlighting research done in the area(s) of:

  1. Patient safety and/or quality research
  2. Clinical/Scientific research
  3. Case Studies
  4. Public Health/Epidemiology
  5. Osteopathic Medicine

The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 15, 2014. A panel will evaluate all submitted abstracts and selected individuals will be notified by April 1. Projects do not have to be completed at the time the abstract is submitted in order to be selected.

Once an abstract is selected:

  1. The author(s) must register to attend the Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention
  2. The author(s) must pay the appropriate registration fee

Posters will be displayed on provided 8' x 6' bulletin boards, and must be set up no later than 9 AM on Friday, May 2. Posters will be displayed until Saturday, May 3 at noon. Posters will be judged by a panel of MAOPS members and several set times will be required for all participants to be at posters to answer questions from the judges. Winners will be announced at the MAOPS/AMAOPS Joint Luncheon at noon on Saturday, May 3. Awards will be presented for Best of Show, High Honors, and Honors. Students and postgraduates may be entered together depending on the number of entrants in each category. The registration fee of $95 covers the research symposium and any other conference events the participant wishes to attend.

Judges will use the following criteria:

     1. Topic
     2. Design
     3. Display
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  • The cost of the research symposium is $95 per participant and covers meals on Friday and again on Saturday through lunch.
  • All projects selected for the symposium must agree to publication of abstracts in MAOPS' monthly newsletter, Prognosis, and/or any "proceedings" from the conference.
  • All participants are encouraged to participate fully in conference events. A schedule of events will be sent to all presenters closer to the symposium.
  • Researchers are encouraged to request support for participation from their college or post-graduate training program.