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Postdoctoral Training Standards

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View basic standards and inspection workbooks for every specialty and subspecialty

Select a specialty below to learn more about the requirements for AOA-approved postdoctoral training programs.

The AOA provides the following basic standards and inspection workbooks for postdoctoral training programs as a valued resource for the osteopathic medical community. Information is organized by specialty college, with internship standards listed separately.

These documents are officially submitted by the specialty colleges and have been approved by the Education Councils and AOA Board of Trustees. The AOA does not cross-check documents posted on specialty college websites.

AOA OGME Standards Effective July 1, 2020

The Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training​​ is the comprehensive document governing all aspects of AOA-approved postdoctoral training requirements. You may also view OGME years to completion by specialty​​​​.​​​


Disclaimer: AOA training standards are proposed by the specialty college, with review and approval by the Council on Postdoctoral Training, the Bureau of Osteopathic Education and the AOA Board of Trustees. Every effort is made to allow public review of proposed policy changes. Editorial changes may be made in standards at any time. In the event that urgent policy changes are necessary, notification is included in the COPT Newsletter, which has a broad distribution to the OGME community.

Education Councils

The Bureau of Osteopathic Education (BOE) studies the full continuum of osteopathic medical education and makes recommendations to the AOA Board as to how to improve osteopathic medical education and the policies that support educational accreditation and certification programs.

The Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT) recommends policies for osteopathic graduate medical education programs to the Bureau of Osteopathic Education for deliberation and recommendation to the AOA Board of Trustees for final action.

The Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC) has the final authority for approval, denial and/or increases in AOA accredited training programs, based upon recommendations from the educational evaluating committees of osteopathic specialty colleges.

The Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI) accredits Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTIs) and reviews the effectiveness and functionality of OPTI as a mechanism to deliver osteopathic graduate medical education.

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