American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

About the AOA

Serving as the professional family for more than 104,000 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 and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities.

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. 

 

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