Our Mission

You take care of patients.
We take care of you.

Serving as the professional home for more than 186,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, the AOA works to advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine.

Why belong?


Build the skills you need to succeed in osteopathic medical school and beyond

Learn More

I am a



Find expert tips, tools and resources as you take the first steps in your career

Learn More

I am a



Advance your skills, improve patient care and take your career to the next level

Learn More

I am a


in Practice

Latest News

The DO

What needs to be done to improve physicians’ mental health and reduce burnout

Already concerned about physician well-being before the pandemic started, psychiatrist Mona Masood, DO, quickly saw the mental health toll the crisis would have on doctors, so she founded the Physician Support Line, a free, confidential peer-to-peer hotline for all physicians, in March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic brought burnout and mental health concerns to the forefront of … Read More

The DO Staff


News Releases

Accreditation decisions for colleges of osteopathic medicine, April 2024

CHICAGO–The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its April 12-13, 2024, meeting. Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted status of accreditation with exceptional outcome Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine – granted status of accreditation with exceptional outcome Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic … Read More

AOA Staff


The DO

A housing and real estate guide for physicians and medical trainees

Choosing where to live is a complicated decision for most individuals, including physicians and medical trainees. The circumstances that inform our housing needs vary greatly from person to person and across the student-resident-attending physician continuum. When you’re looking for housing, decisions abound, including location, roommate or solo, rent or own, short- or long-term occupancy.

The DO Staff



AOA engages in ongoing grassroots advocacy for medical student parity

This is the third 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. Though the osteopathic medical profession continues to grow larger and stronger with each passing year, DOs and osteopathic medical … Read More

AOA staff




A 28-year-old male on intermittent hemodialysis (IHD) for 1 year due to eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis presented with 2 weeks of thigh wounds. Serum studies showed calcium 11.3 mg/dL, albumin 3.8 g/dL, parathyroid hormone (PTH) 340 pg/mL, phosphorous 5.7 mg/dL, and 25-hydroxy vitamin D 31.5 ng/mL. An examination showed a well-demarcated, indurated, violaceous right thigh ulcer (Figure 1). A biopsy showed ulcerated … Read More

JOM Staff


The DO

Balancing act: Navigating motherhood in medical school

Nearly every medical student is overwhelmed by the demanding nature of medical school didactics when they begin their studies. For me, this realization came at the same time that I was also navigating a massive change in my personal life: I was accepted into medical school at the University of the Incarnate Word School of … Read More

The DO Staff


View all news

Support for every stage of your career

  • AOA Board Certification

    Demonstrate your commitment to evidence-based education leading to high-quality care.

  • Member Value Program

    Innovative tools and partnerships for students & DOs in all practice types and specialties.

  • Live and On-Demand CME

    Choose from hundreds of options for live and on-demand CME, searchable by specialty and location.

  • Research Opportunities

    Learn about funded AOA research projects and grant opportunities for DOs and students.

  • Federal & State Advocacy

    Support our work to ensure the voices of DOs and their patients are heard.

Explore membership