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AOA, Public Policy

DO Day on Capitol Hill: Celebrating success and looking ahead

This year’s DO Day on Capitol Hill was a resounding success, as hundreds of osteopathic physicians, students and advocates came together to make their voices heard in the halls of Congress. The AOA is proud of the passion and commitment demonstrated by participants, and we are excited to share some of the key accomplishments and … Read More

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Throwback: 5 things you can do to prepare for residency before the first day

As we move forward from Match Day, if you’re a fourth-year medical student, you’re probably already anxiously thinking about preparing for residency and putting your best foot forward. Contrary to popular belief, memorizing every word of Harrison’s before orientation week is not the way to do that.

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Strategies for planning audition rotations

Audition rotations, also called “sub-Is” (short for sub-internship), are fourth-year clinical rotations in which osteopathic medical students put their best foot forward as acting interns with residency programs they hope to match into. Elective rotations more commonly refer to fourth-year rotations that are required for graduation, but not necessarily in the specialty of your interest.

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How 19th-century news coverage helped shape the early years of osteopathic medicine

In the late 19th century, a new medical philosophy made its debut on the front pages of newspapers. After A.T. Still, DO, MD, unveiled his vision for osteopathic medicine in 1874, early mentions in the press mingled curiosity with controversy, mirroring the public’s perception.

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The 4th wave of osteopathic medicine: Re-establishing osteopathic distinctiveness

As the profession celebrates National Doctors Day on March 30 and will soon celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week from April 15-21, it is a good time to reflect on the current state of the profession and where it is headed. To that end, I would like to share a summary of my recent keynote … Read More

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AOA joins with osteopathic partners to address student parity issues

This is the second in a series of Student Parity Advocacy Updates shared with the osteopathic medical profession. The message is attributable to AOA President Ira P. Monka, DO, and AOA CEO Kathleen S. Creason, MBA. The advancement of equitable treatment for all medical students seeking rotations and training positions continues to be an area … Read More

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