American Osteopathic Association

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Recognition of Federal/Military PGY1 Training

​DOs who have trained in the military may apply for AOA recognition of their PGY1 year. Federal/military training is reviewed and recognized on an individual basis. Rotations will be compared to the traditional rotating internship or the AOA's OGME-1 specialty. Please refer to the link below for a list of the core rotations:

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. 

Criteria to Obtain AOA Recognition

  • Applicants must be AOA members in good standing.

  • Applicants must complete and submit an AOA online Federal/Military application:

Complete the online application

  • Applicants must submit copy of Official Duty Orders.

  • The ACGME-accredited program must submit original documentation listing PGY1 core rotations.

Verification Letter

An official letter from the Military ACGME program must include:

  • Institutional letterhead.

  • Specialty, along with the exact start and end date of PGY1 year.

  • The length and date of each rotation.

  • The title and signature of the program director (PD) or the designated institutional officer (DIO).

Note: Verification letters must be on institutional letterhead submitted directly by the program. Letters without the date, PD/DIO signature or submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Include the title and signature of the program director or designated institutional officer. 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. 

View a sample letter for more information.

Comparison of Rotations

Rotations will be compared to the traditional rotating internship or the AOA's OGME-1 specialty. Refer to the link below for a list of core rotations:

If you have questions regarding meeting the rotational requirements or your training institution has closed, please contact the AOA Division of Trainee Services at (312) 202-8089.

NOTE: In the event of hospital closure, the Program and Trainee Review Council will review and determine approvals on a case-by-case basis.

Please submit information to:

Dorothy Grant-Bryant
Education Specialist
Division of Trainee Services
American Osteopathic Association
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864