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Stay on top of the latest developments in osteopathic research, advocacy, accreditation and patient care.

April 2023

Physicians: Braidwood vs. Becerra ruling could strip access to preventive care for millions of Americans
A statement from the Group of Six (AAFP, AAP, ACOG, ACP, AOA, and APA) expresses disappointment in the rulings of a federal court that struck down the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for insurers and health plans to cover preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

March 2023

Record-breaking NRMP Match produces 7,132 new DO residents
Breaking records from all previous matches, the 2023 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) matched 7,132 osteopathic medical students and past DO graduates into postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency positions. Reaching another all-time high, 91.6% of the 7,436 participating DO students matched into residency programs in 37 specialties.

January 2023

Physicians urge comprehensive Medicare payment reform, applaud health provisions in omnibus
A statement from the Group of Six (AOA, AAFP, AAP, ACOG, ACP and APA) urges the 118th Congress to address the outdated Medicare physician payment so that patients are able to access the high-quality care they deserve, while physicians have the resources and flexibility they need.

July 2022

AOA installs Ernest R. Gelb, DO, as 126th President
Ernest R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, an AOA board-certified osteopathic family medicine specialist and geriatrician from Lewes, Delaware, has been installed as the 126th president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The inauguration took place during the AOA’s Annual House of Delegates Meeting held this July in Chicago.

March 2022

Record number of DO students and graduates secure residency placements through 2022 NRMP Match
An all-time high total of 7,049 osteopathic medical students and past DO graduates matched into postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency positions through the 2022 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match.

February 2022

AOA names Vania Manipod, DO, as Editor-in-Chief of The DO magazine
The AOA announces Vania Manipod, DO, has been named Editor-in-Chief of its award-winning news magazine, The DO.

November 2021

COCA recognition renewed by the United States Department of Education
The AOA accreditation agency will continue to oversee educational requirements for the growing profession, including 37 Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in 58 locations.

October 2021

Dr. Jeffrey Grove donates $1 million to LGBTQIA+ Health Equity and Inclusion AOF initiative
The fund, administered by American Osteopathic Foundation, will support scholarships and training for osteopathic medical students.

September 2021

AOA statement on American Association of Nurse Anesthetists name change, title misappropriation, and the importance of physician-led care
Efforts by non-physician clinicians to obfuscate their credentials through title misappropriation mislead the public regarding their education, training, and qualifications.

Leading physician groups oppose Texas legislation that threatens access to reproductive patient care
A statement from the Group of Six (AAFP, AAP, ACOG, ACP, AOA, and APA) expresses deep concern about the consequences of the Texas state law.

August 2021

U.S. medical schools are not addressing LGBTQ health disparities well
The systemic failure to collect LGBTQ identity information in medical education prevents identifying and improving health needs.

July 2021

Joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health and long-term care
Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

American Osteopathic Association installs Joseph Giaimo, DO, as 125th President
Dr. Giaimo will represent one-tenth of all US physicians and one-quarter of all US medical students.

Google Trends, the COVID-19 vaccine, and infertility misinformation
Researchers document a nearly 35,000% increase in COVID-19 vaccine and infertility Google searches following a misinformation event.

June 2021

Statement regarding testimony on HB 248
AOA leadership responds to recent testimony on HB 248 at the Ohio House of Representatives.

May 2021

AOA statement on physician-led care, Physician Assistant title change and non-physician clinician use of the title ‘Doctor’
The American Osteopathic Association calls for truth in advertising, intellectual honesty, and transparency with the use of professional designations of non-physician clinicians in service of the public interest.

Study finds disparities in colorectal cancer screenings
Patients with no comorbidities or more than five are least likely to be screened.

April 2021

AOA celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine Week
Osteopathic medicine’s annual awareness week honors the achievements of the nation’s 151,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students.

DO schools lead in primary care, rural care, and caring for underserved in U.S. News’ Medical Schools ranking
Colleges of osteopathic medicine make up nine of the 10 top programs with the most graduates practicing in primary care.

March 2021

Common medications contain animal byproducts, study finds
No FDA regulations in place to alert patients when medication is derived from animals.

NRMP Match results in 6,597 new DO residents
Year-over-year, 359 more DO students matched in 2021.

Aggressive intervention recommended to prevent pediatric diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a growing risk for America’s young people.

February 2021

AOA supports legislation aimed at bolstering vaccination education efforts
The Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act provides much-needed funding to promote evidence-based, community-specific outreach and educational activities to increase immunization rates.

America’s frontline physicians offer recommendations for action to new administration
This letter, written on behalf of 590,000 physicians and medical students represented by six medical associations including the AOA, offers recommendations to the new administration on issues to be prioritized for action.

Joint statement from AACOM, AOA, NBOME: Support of suspension of COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE and continued osteopathic assessment
These organizations stand together in support of NBOME’s decision to suspend COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE administrations indefinitely given the COVID-19 pandemic.

AOA statement recognizing Black History Month
In a show of solidarity for these important issues and in response to the civil unrest that has gripped our nation during the past year, the AOA reaffirms its commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the osteopathic medical profession.

Scent detection dogs can identify individuals infected with COVID-19
The use of trained scent detection dogs to detect volatile organic compounds associated with the COVID virus shows promise in early studies.

Study finds revised concussion guidelines shorten the duration of symptoms
The median length of concussion symptoms drops from one month to one week in female athletes, and from 11 days to five days in male athletes.

January 2021

Accreditation decisions for colleges of osteopathic medicine
The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its Dec. 4, 2020 meeting.

AOA files suit against ABIM
The lawsuit challenges an ABIM policy that effectively requires ACGME residency program directors to be certified by the ABIM, unfairly disadvantaging AOBIM-certified osteopathic physicians.


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