American Osteopathic Association

Serving as the professional family for more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) promotes public health and encourages scientific research. In addition to serving as the primary certifying body for DOs, the AOA is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools.

Continually striving to advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine, the AOA stands for the following universal principles:

Enhancing the value of AOA membership

Protecting and promoting the rights of all osteopathic physicians

Accentuating the distinctiveness of osteopathic principles and the diversity of the profession

Supporting DOs' efforts to provide quality, cost-effective care to all Americans

Collaborating with others to advance the practice of osteopathic medicine 

The AOA stands firmly behind osteopathic physicians’ ethical and professional responsibilities to patients and the medical profession. We offer an in-depth look at our ethical standards in our official Code of Ethics. Our policies and positions also outline the AOA’s stance on major health issues affecting all areas of society. 

Executive Member Since: 
September 2007
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