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Resident Physicians Training Recognition Recognition of Military PGY1

Recognition of Military PGY1

DO service

For DOs whose first residency year was in a military or federal program

You can gain AOA recognition for military and federal PGY1 training by applying online, submitting your official duty orders, and having your program send a verification letter.

​If your first year of residency was in an ACGME military or federal residency program, you’ll need to obtain AOA training recognition if you plan to become AOA board certified or if you intend to practice in Pennsylvania or Florida. You can apply for recognition any time after finishing your first year of residency (PGY1). Federal and military residency training is reviewed and recognized on an individual basis.

The three-step process is outlined below.

1. Submit an application for training recognition

The first step of applying for training recognition is submitting the online application for AOA recognition of federal/military PGY1 training.

2. Submit official duty orders

You can upload a copy of your Official Duty Orders while you are completing the online application for federal/military residency training recognition in step 1 above. You can also submit Official Duty Orders by emailing a copy to

3. Ask your federal/military program to submit an official verification letter

Your federal/military PGY1 residency training verification letter must be submitted by your residency program directly to the AOA. The letter must also:

  • Be written on institutional letterhead and include the date.
  • List your specialty, along with the exact start and end date of your PGY1 year.
  • List the length and date of each rotation you completed.
  • Include the title and signature of the program director.

The AOA only recognizes that training that has been successfully completed. Letters received and/or dated before the official Military PGY1 completion date will not be accepted.

Letters must come directly from your program via mail, email or fax 312-202-8375. Letters from applicants will not be accepted. View a template letter.

Applications are reviewed monthly by the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) representative of the Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC). You must submit all required items before your application can be considered.

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