By: Piyal Alam, OMS-II
The scope of international medicine is highly diverse and extensive. This was put on full display at the Bureau on International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs (BIOMEA) Seminar in this year’s Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fl. The seminar showcased unique presentations from several highly distinguished osteopathic physicians. Dr. Polk, Chief of the Space Medicine Division at NASA, gave two captivating presentations, one on disaster and crisis management in the Chilean Mine accident in 2010, and the other presentation was on the research on the human physiological impact of Space Medicine. Another highly esteemed speaker at this event was Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb. The emphasis of General Robb’s presentation was medical support for soldiers from the battlefield to tertiary care and how international data collection has aided the continued progress in this field.
Osteopathic medical students were also actively involved in this seminar as well. As part of the BIOMEA/SOMA Poster Session, medical students from various osteopathic medical schools displayed their research and global health outreach projects. Representing NYCOM were Diana El-Neemany, OMS-IV, Jenny Dudko, OMS-II, and Piyal Alam, OMS-II. With support from the NYIT Center for Global Health, all three students highlighted various projects conducted in Belize, El Salvador, and Ghana.
On the whole, the International Health Seminar truly displayed that medicine in the global community is very diverse. We saw how osteopathic physicians are influencing International Health in various aspects. Hopefully, this will inspire and motivate all of us, as osteopathic medical students, to get involved and impact the global health community as well.
The full version of this article will be available in the next issue of the NYCOM PULSE.