American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Who We Are

The AOA's mission is to advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine.

We stand for the following universal principles:

  1. Ensuring the quality and continuum of osteopathic medical education;

  2. Enhancing the value of AOA membership;

  3. Protecting and promoting the rights of all members of the osteopathic family;

  4. Accentuating the distinctiveness of osteopathic principles;

  5. Advancing DOs' efforts to provide quality, cost-effective health care to all patients;

  6. Collaborating with other entities to advance osteopathic medicine;

  7. Supporting the culture of osteopathic research within the osteopathic family; and

  8. Taking our rightful place as the most completely trained physician at taking care of patients.

Through these goals, we will promote the distinctiveness of osteopathic medicine and the diversity of the profession.