American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Program

​The American Osteopathic Association's Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program is fostering the next generation of leaders in health policy. 


This program is open to all osteopathic physicians who have completed one year of postgraduate training and remain in an active AOA- or ACGME-accredited training program. We are seeking a class of 20 TIPS fellows.


The TIPS program is a policy-based program that provides an understanding of current health care policy issues while also providing leadership opportunities. Sessions will focus on physician payment models, the Higher Education Act reauthorization, the opioid epidemic and current public health issues. Participants will gain experience in writing policy briefs and white papers, oral testimony, media training and more.


This program serves as an initial leadership and policy program for residents wishing to become more active within the osteopathic profession. TIPS fellows have gone on to the Health Policy Fellowship program, which has produced over 20 deans and college of osteopathic medicine presidents.


Residents may apply by completing the application and submitting it to The application includes:

  • Application Form.

  • Statement of Purpose.

  • CV.

In addition to the application, please have the TIPS nomination form signed by your program director or DME/DIO.

The 2017-18 application cycle will open in June 2017. Please check back then for more information.

A fellow who is accepted into the program is expected to attend all four sessions, complete all assignments by the deadline, and participate in a minimum of 80% of video conference/online discussions. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, evening meals and hotel accommodations. The TIPS program will provide breakfast and lunch during the sessions. State osteopathic associations, specialty associations, places of business, foundations and hospitals can help with payment for the program. The AOA will write letters of support encouraging potential sponsors to support your participation.​ Send us the name of whom to contact at


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