Resident Physicians

You're well on your way toward becoming a licensed physician. Get the tools you need to be successful throughout your training.

From the classroom to the training ground

All your hard work in medical school has paid off and you're finally a DO. Now it's time to put your skills to use in a clinical setting. During your training, you'll hone your diagnostic abilities and fine-tune your approach to patient care.

Starting Residency

Navigate the big milestones in your residency training, from licensure to board certification and beyond.

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Residency Approval

Get step-by-step info on obtaining AOA recognition for ACGME, federal and military residency training.

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Exam Prep

Rock the COMLEX Level 3 and start preparing for exams you'll complete at the end of residency training.

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Managing Student Loans

Create a repayment plan for student loans and any other loans you have, including credit card debt.

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Reach your full potential with AOA Board Certification

You’re embarking on a bright future as an osteopathic physician. By choosing AOA Board Certification, you’ll be joining a proud tradition of medical excellence and commitment to patient-centered care. As one of two nationally-recognized credentials, AOA Board Certification provides a competitive advantage throughout your career and is valued by employers, insurers and patients. Check out the video below to learn more.

Words of wisdom

Advice for new medical resident physicians

Residency is now a reality, but it’s okay if you still have feelings of trepidation and excitement. Check out these tips on professionalism, work-life balance and more to help you thrive the first year of your residency.

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As a resident physician, the AOA will help you:

  • Find a job or fellowship

    Get expert advice from industry insiders and search hundreds of positions by medical specialty, practice type and geographic region.

  • Save money

    Check out resources and programs designed to help propel your personal and professional goals—from securing a home loan to navigating loan repayment.

  • Become board certified

    An indicator of clinical excellence and commitment to the osteopathic philosophy, AOA Board Certification is cost-effective, convenient and tailored to your needs.

  • Conduct research

    Grant funding up to $20,000 is available for residents and fellows conducting 18-month projects that address one of the AOA's five research focus areas.

  • Manage student loans

    AOA members have access to expert advice and discounted services from experts specializing in loan repayment and consolidation.

Why belong?