American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Resources for Interns and Residents

Single GME Accreditation System Info
AOA-accredited training programs will transition to ACGME recognition and accreditation from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020. Learn more and read frequently asked questions about the single accreditation system.

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Bureau of Emerging Leaders
The AOA’s Bureau of Emerging Leaders (BEL) represents and advocates for all osteopathic physicians in postdoctoral training as well as all osteopathic medical students and osteopathic physicians who have graduated in the last 10 years.

View the Leadership Opportunities page for postdoctoral trainees, including: how to be more involved in the osteopathic family by serving on an AOA bureau, council or committee.

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Considering that the average medical student borrows approximately $168,000 to finance their education, it's no surprise that one of the most pressing needs for interns and residents is sound financial planning. The following resources provide options for loan repayment.

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health offers loan repayment programs. If you have a doctoral degree and are currently or will be conducting qualified research in the areas of Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research, or Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, you may be eligible for loan repayments.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Nearly $200 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been allocated to support student loan repayments for primary care and mental health clinicians who want to work at National Health Service Corps sites. Fully trained health professionals who are dedicated to working with the underserved and have qualifying educational loans should apply for this opportunity. Learn more about student loan reimbursement through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

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Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training
In addition to outlining the standards for internship residency training programs, the Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training contain accreditation standards for osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs)

Protocol for Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training
Learn about AOA requirements for entry into postdoctoral training programs, as well as the procedures necessary to gain approval.

Report Postdoctoral Program Violations
Are you experiencing a problem with a training program? Learn about procedures and protocols for reporting work hour violations, AOA Match violations and AOA standard and policy violations.

Resident Work Force Issues FAQ
Curious about how disparities in physician payment rates contribute to the physician shortage? Find the answer to this question and more in our FAQ on Graduate Medical Education and Work Force Issues. ​​