continuing medical education (CME) Opportunities

CME Opportunities in Osteopathic Medicine & OMT

The American Academy of Osteopathy strives to be a pre-eminent, worldwide source of education on osteopathy. In this context, osteopathy is defined as the basic osteopathic principles, palpatory diagnosis and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

The Academy’s educational ventures include:

  1. sponsoring continuing medical education (CME) programs in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM);
  2. carrying publications relating to NMM/OMM in the AAO's online store; and
  3. establishing outreach programs to preserve and advance osteopathic medicine as a parallel and distinctive mainstream medical profession.

The task of the Academy is to bring to many thousands of persons an extra dimension of health care not provided by orthodox medicine today. It is the object of the American Academy of Osteopathy to develop and teach manipulative skills to physicians in a variety of ways, so they, in turn, may better serve their patients.

The AAO serves this purpose by presenting an annual four-day Convocation in March, a conjoint didactic program in October at OMED, the American Osteopathic Association's annual convention and scientific seminar; as well as various one- to four-day hands-on workshops throughout the year.

Mark your calendars to attend the Academy courses listed below or any of the Academy-affiliated courses to complete the AOA CME requirements.

Open for Registration


Details subject to change.

Oct. 7-10, 2017

AAO at OMED: Using Osteopathic Principles and Philosophy in Specialty Medicine
Program chair: Leslie M. Ching, DO
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia
23 credits of NMM-specific AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated

Nov. 10-12, 2017

Basic Visceral Course
Course director: Richard G. Schuster, DO
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey
20 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated

Dec. 8-10, 2017
Evidence-Based Visceral Manipulation:
Finding Best Practices for Evaluation and Management

Course director: Kenneth J. Lossing, DO
UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth
22 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated

Jan. 25-28, 2018
Introduction to Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Lisa Ann DeStefano, DO, course director
UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth
28 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated

April 20-22, 2018
Muscle Energy for the Total Body

Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter, DO, FAAO, course director
The Pyramids, Indianapolis
20 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated

June 2018
Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma

Mark S. Cantieri, DO, FAAO, and George J. Pasquarello, DO, FAAO, course directors
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis
20 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated



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