American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the fellowship?

The fellowship is a year-long leadership training program designed to give osteopathic physicians the skills they need to analyze, formulate and implement health policy on the local, state and national levels with the purpose of increasing access to affordable, quality health care.

Who can apply for the fellowship?

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 fellows.

How does the application process work?

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

A resident may apply by completing the TIPS application form and returning it to us at The application includes the application form, a statement of purpose and a CV. In addition to the application, the TIPS nomination form should be signed by your program director or DME/DIO.

How many seminars will I attend?

Fellows will attend five seminars, including the orientation session at OMED and your class graduation.

Is attendance mandatory?

Yes. 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.

How much does the program cost?

There is no tuition costs for the program. The only cost is for travel and lodging.

How do I get a sponsor?

Sponsors include state osteopathic associations, specialty associations, places of business, foundations and hospitals. The AOA will write letters of support encouraging potential sponsors to support your participation. Let the coordinator know whom to contact.

Can I receive academic credit for my participation in the fellowship?

No, there will be no academic credit received for completion of the TIPS program.

Will I receive CME credit for participating in the fellowship?


Who makes travel arrangements?

You will make your own travel arrangements to the seminars. Please note the time the seminars end and make return flights that will allow you to participate fully that last day of the seminar.

Who makes lodging arrangements?

The AOA coordinator makes lodging arrangements for the fellows. We encourage the group to stay together, and have found that doing so improves access, quality and cost.

How much time am I expected to devote to fellowship activities in between sessions?

Fellows spend approximately 20 hours on TIPS assignments in-between sessions. The reading assignment is designed to take about four hours. The bulk of your time is spent researching your project report topic and drafting your project report.

Will I make a formal presentation of my policy project report?

Yes. The fellows will be invited to present at an AOA Bureau meeting or conference.

Do I earn a certificate for my participation in the TIPS?

Yes, you will receive an AOA certificate of completion at graduation.


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