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Governance Documents

Eye on the future

Advancing the AOA's mission and vision

The following documents and resources help guide the work of the AOA's governing bodies, affirm DOs' commitment to the practice of osteopathic medicine and provide professional guidance on strategic goals and ethical issues.

AOA Mission & Vision Statements

Mission: To advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine.

Vision: To be the professional home for all physicians who practice osteopathically.

AOA Strategic Plan

The AOA’s multi-phase strategic plan supports the three overarching goals we plan to accomplish by 2025.

  • 100% increase in awareness of osteopathic medicine
  • 50% increase in engagement with DOs
  • 100% increase in international awareness of osteopathic medicine

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AOA Constitution & Bylaws

The AOA Constitution and Bylaws outline the policies and processes that govern the association.

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2020 AOA Administrative Guide

The Administrative Guide describes roles and responsibilities of the AOA’s officials, committees, departments, bureaus and employees.

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AOA Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics provides guidance for physicians in the area of medical ethics and professional responsibilities.

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Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine

Approved by the AOA House of Delegates, the Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine express the underlying philosophy behind the osteopathic approach to care.

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Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment

Affirm your commitment to provide compassionate, quality care.

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Osteopathic Oath

The official osteopathic oath was adopted by the osteopathic medical profession in 1954.

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Bureau, Council and Committee Appointments

View a full listing of appointments to the AOA’s bureaus, councils and committees.

Appointment Book

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