SRE competition 2017

MOA Autumn 2021 Virtual SRE Competition - November 6, 2021 

SRE Awards - November 8 @ 6 pm                  

Participate virtually via Zoom!                          

The Michigan Osteopathic Association hosts a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) twice yearly. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession. The SRE competition demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession’s commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.

MOA Autumn Virtual SRE Competition Deadlines-Extended

  • October 8 - Abstract submission deadline 
  • October 15 - Notification of acceptance deadline
  • October 29 - Submit PDF of poster. [email protected]   
  • November 3 - PowerPoint submission deadline. [email protected]  
  • November 6 - Participant judging times 9:00 am - 11:30 am via Zoom 
  • November 8 - Awards 6:00 - 6:30 pm via Zoom

First Place Award $400 (Basic Science Research)

MSUCOM DO-PHD Award $400 (Basic Science Research)

Second Place Award $300 (Clinical Medicine Research)

Third Place Award $200 (Clinical Medicine Research)

Miscellaneous Category Award $200 (Basic Science Research)

Honorable Mention for Osteopathic Considerations $100 (Clinical Medicine Research)

You may participate via Zoom only. 

Judging evaluation and scoring rubric for the following submission categories:

Virtual  participants must prepare a 5 minute (max.) PowerPoint presentation, followed by 3-5 minute Q&A with judges. Total time allowed is 10 minutes.

All abstracts will be reviewed for acceptance. Only ONE First author submission allowed. Finalists/first author expected to participate during scheduled interview with judges Saturday, November 6 between 8 am-12 pm. MOA student membership is free at

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]  


Save the Date! MOA Spring SRE Competition scheduled May 20, 2022 at the Westin Southfield Detroit

Spring 2022 SRE submissions accepted after November 6, 2021.

MOA Virtual Spring 2021 SRE Competition

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) 2021 Scientific Research Exhibit Competition was held via videoconference on Saturday, May 1 with 34 finalists interviewing with 15 judges volunteering their expertise. There are several categories in the competition, and each includes a monetary award. On occasion, the Andrew “ANDY” Taylor Still, D.O. Award is bestowed as a special recognition that honors “those who best reflect the principles of osteopathic medicine.” “The Andy” was awarded for the first time since 2013! 

2021 SRE Awards Presentation video

Since the competition was limited to an online format, the traditional interview and award presentations were held via Zoom. The awards were presented by Lawrence L. Prokop, DO, Past President of the MOA.
The categories and winners were:

View all SRE Participant Posters here:

MSUCOM DO/PhD Basic Research $500
Lyndsey Reich, DO/PhD
Presentation Title: The Rexinoid V-125 reduces tumor growth in a preclinical model of breast cancer

Honorable Mention $100
Andrew Lai, DO (PG III)
Presentation Title: De-prescribing Inappropriate Proton Pump Inhibitors in a Family Medicine Residency Practice Office

Honorable Mention for Osteopathic Principles $100
Nathan Barnhurst, DO, PG1
Presentation Title: Sacral Dysfunctions Most Common to Low Back Pain

Case Presentation $250
Kyle Doran, PG-1
PresentationTitle: A Case of Pediatric Subdural Empyema Following Bacterial Rhinosinusitis

Clinical Research 3rd place $250
James Mueller, PG III
Presentation Title: Factors associated with hip fracture length of stay in a community hospital setting 

Clinical Research 2nd place $500 (tied)
Robert Conway, PGY-3 (tied with Monica Masucci, BA, MA, MS3)
Presentation Title: Audiologic Outcomes of Footplate Drillout for Obliterative Otosclerosis

Clinical Research 2nd place $500 (tied)
Monica Masucci, BA, MA, MS3 (tied with Robert Conway, PGY-3)
Presentation Title: Prostate Cancer Screening in Hospitalized Patients: Results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample

Lawrence J. Abramson, DO Clinical Research 1st place $1000
Abigail Tzau, OMS II
Presentation Title: Using Collaborative Modeling and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Physicians’ Collective Knowledge to Understand the Effects of Chronic Low Back Pain Treatments on Pain, Disability and Quality of Life

Andrew “ANDY” Taylor Still, D.O. Award $1500  
The Andrew Taylor Still Achievement Award may be presented to an outstanding presentation during the MOA spring convention only. The ANDY Award, which includes an exquisitely carved crystal piece and a $1500 cash prize, is not awarded every year, in fact the ANDY Award has not been awarded since 2013! Only those who best reflect the principles of osteopathic medicine will receive the award.

Congratulations to: Abigail Tzau, OMS II
Presentation Title: Using Collaborative Modeling and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Physicians’ Collective Knowledge to Understand the Effects of Chronic Low Back Pain Treatments on Pain, Disability and Quality of Life


Past SRE Award Winners

More about the MOA SRE competition

How Does the Judging Process Work? 

Judges work in teams of at least three (3), and include at least one (1) osteopathic physician, one (1) researcher (may be practicing DO, MD or PhD with research experience), and at least one trainee (resident or student). Each team must, as a group, give an evaluation of each poster or oral presentation based on criteria established in four domains: 

 1. Presentation (organization/layout)     

 2. Introduction/ Background

 3. Description of methods (data and analysis)

 4. Discussion (overall clarity of thought)

Submission Categories

      1. Basic Science Research Abstract Format

      2. Clinical Medicine (Research Study) Abstract Format

      3. Clinical Vignette (Case Report) Abstract Format

      4. Quality Improvement/ Patient Safety High Value Care Abstract Format 

Do I Need to Have Research or Judging Experience to be a Judge?

No. The MOA will provide experienced judges on each judging team to help train anyone who wants to participate. Our goal is to increase participation of students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians, in addition to the research community in Michigan. 


1Basic Research
To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. These discoveries typically begin at the bench with basic research - in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level.

2. Clinical Research
Patient-oriented investigations conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: mechanisms of human disease; therapeutic interventions; clinical trials; development of new technologies; analysis of existing datasets; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; public or community health, or social determinants of health.

3. Clinical Vignette or Case Report
Report one or more cases that illustrate a new disease entity, or a prominent or unusual clinical feature of an established disease. It may include a summary of pertinent patient history, physical findings, laboratory data, or management description.

4. Quality Improvement (QI), Patient Safety (PS), or High-Value Care (HVC)
Projects or research that demonstrate the aspects of Quality Care as defined by the Institute of Medicine: Safe (injury avoidance or mitigation to patients and/or providers); timely (reduce waits and delays for patients and/or providers); effective (based on scientific knowledge, extended to all likely to benefit, while avoiding underuse and overuse); equitable (provide consistent quality, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status); efficient (avoid waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, or ideas); patient centered (respects and responds to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, ensuring patient values guide clinical decisions. High Value Care: In addition to IOM quality care definition: improving patient care through communication (aligning patient values and concerns into care plans) or advancing effectiveness of population health management.

Preparing Your Abstract Submission

For a good all-around resource for preparing to submit abstracts or posters, please visit:
American College of Physician’s Guide to Preparing for the Abstract Competition.

Link: View a Case Presentation example                                                                                                                                                                 
Link: View a Research Presentation example

Judging Criteria 

Judges will assess each exhibit on multiple criteria established by the SRE Committee consistent with generally accepted standards for competitive scientific research displays, including presentation (organization/layout), appropriate introduction/background, clear description of methods, data and analysis, thoughtful discussion and overall clarity of thought. They will judge case presentations on a unique set of weighted criteria. Displays should be readily understood with or without the author present.

The subject matter should be current and of interest to practicing clinicians. Although the committee encourages prospective studies, subject matter need not be limited to new research.

Whenever possible the exhibit should promote osteopathic principles as they relate to the clinical situation or scientific aspect of the display.

The concept of a research exhibit by definition means the display will be graphically interesting.

Materials You Bring (in person competitions only)

Use large mailing tubes for ease in transporting exhibit posters. MOA provides "T" pins and tape, if you prefer other mounting materials, please bring your own. You are responsible for printing and costs associated with your poster.

The following guidelines are offered to assist you with a successful presentation:

Content and Text
The research display should focus on Hypothesis or Objective, Methods, and Results of Objectives. A short and legible introduction and summary of conclusions are essential. Your presentation should contain succinct headings that organize and logically display the information. Use large print, including heavy block letters if possible. Keep the text and figure legends explicit and brief.

Graphics should be explicit and brief – charts, drawings, and illustrations should be similar to those you would use in making slides. Illustrations must be read from distances of about 3’ or more. Also, use color to effectively add emphasis. Ensure all illustrations are made beforehand. Do not mount your presentation materials on heavy board because they may be difficult to keep in position.

SRE exhibitors shall assume full responsibility for damage and shall indemnify and hold harmless the MOA, and the convention venue from all liability, which may ensue from any cause whatsoever. The MOA does not guarantee or protect the exhibitors against any loss, theft, or damage of any kind. You are responsible for any personal valuable property that may be left unattended.

Contact Melissa Budd, CME Program Manager

(517) 347-1555 x 112
Melissa Budd contact form