American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

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    The AOA will perform scheduled maintenance between 4-7 p.m. CST this Saturday, Feb. 28. As a result, and related websites, will be unavailable during this period. Other sites impacted include CAP for PQRS, Opportunities and My AOA. Member content on the following sites will also not be available: DO CME Online, JAOA.

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 What is a DO?

DO treating patientDid you know that there are two types of physicians in the United States? DOs and MDs. Both are fully-qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery - but DOs bring something extra to the practice of medicine.

Find out about the DO difference

 What is Osteopathic Medicine?

DO treating patientOsteopathic medicine is one of the fastest-growing segments of health care in the country. Osteopathic physicians, or DOs, practice a "whole-person" approach to health care and receive special training in the musculoskeletal system.

Learn more about the complete care DOs provide

 About Your Health

DO treating patientNothing is more important than the health of your family. When it comes to staying informed about health topics and conditions, the AOA should be "your home for health." Our Health Conditions Library provides information and tips to help you stay healthy.

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 Becoming a DO

DO treating patientOsteopathic physicians are trained to look at the whole patient and integrate them into the health care process as a partner. Because of this whole-person approach to medicine, more than 60% of all DOs choose to practice in primary care.

Learn more about becoming a DO

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Meetings and Events
AOA Leadership and Policy

Advance Your Career - Allows authors to create links that can be grouped and styled.  Advance Your Career

Continuing Medical Education
Professional Development

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Raise Your Voice
Advocacy Efforts

 Know Your Classic Illnesses


Little girl coughingIn light of recent outbreaks, it's important to be familiar with the symptoms of measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and chickenpox and know what to do if you or a loved one falls ill.



 How to Provide Better End-of-Life Care


Senior woman's handsCaring for patients who are near the end of life means assessing not only physical pain, but also patients' quality-of-life priorities and feelings about dying.