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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.
Mission: The AOA is the professional home for osteopathic physicians and students, providing education, board certification and is the champion of the advancement of the distinctive osteopathic profession.
Vision: The AOA aspires to be the “North Star” of the osteopathic profession by advancing the interests of osteopathic physicians and students and promoting excellence in patient care consistent with the distinctive osteopathic philosophy.
In addition to identifying seven priority objectives and supporting strategies for implementation, the Strategic Plan establishes Mission, Vision and Value Statements that redefine the AOA’s purpose and outlook for our members and profession.
The AOA Constitution and Bylaws outline the policies and processes that govern the association.
The Administrative Guide describes roles and responsibilities of the AOA’s officials, committees, departments, bureaus and employees.
The Code of Ethics provides guidance for physicians in the area of medical ethics and professional responsibilities.
Approved by the AOA House of Delegates, the Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine express the underlying philosophy behind the osteopathic approach to care.
Affirm your commitment to provide compassionate, quality care.
The official osteopathic oath was adopted by the osteopathic medical profession in 1954.
View a full listing of appointments to the AOA’s bureaus, councils and committees.