AAO - Leaders in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

The American Academy of Osteopathy is an osteopathic medical society with a focused educational mission. Founded in 1937, the AAO was established to teach, advocate and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles, practices and manipulative treatment in patient care.

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Physicians

Stay abreast of industry news and connect with other osteopathic physicians at continuing medical education events nationwide or online.

Residents

Residents and interns stay connected with their colleagues and have input in the Academy’s governance.

Students

Chapters at each osteopathic medical school encourage students to get involved in osteopathic manipulative medicine and osteopathic principles and practice.

What is an Osteopathic physician?

Osteopathic physicians (DOs) attend fully licensed medical schools just like MDs, but in addition to the standard medical curriculum, DOs learn how to approach patients differently, treating the whole person rather than the symptoms. In addition, some DOs specialize in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), using their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, they will move your muscles and joints with a variety of techniques, including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

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News

Lauren J. Leslie, DO, Named 2017 Resident of the Year

Lauren J. (Hasler) Leslie, DO, of East Lansing, Michigan, was named the 2017 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 23 during its annual Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Alexander S. Nicholas, DO, FAAO, Receives Distinguished Service Award

Alexander S. Nicholas, DO, FAAO, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Committee on Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 24 at the Academy’s annual Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) Distinguished Service Award is presented to fellows who have distinguished themselves in contributions to osteopathic literature; development of osteopathic theories, methods or procedures; research; osteopathic education; service to the AAO; public relations; service to public health; or osteopathic medical economics and advocacy.

Angela Cole Westhoff, MA, Receives AAO's Academy Award

Angela Cole Westhoff, MA, of Oakland, Maine, is the 2017 recipient of the highest award that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) bestows on a nonphysician.

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