research Funding Priorities

The AAO recognizes the value of all areas of biomedical and educational research. However, the AAO focuses on those areas of research that investigate the unique aspects of osteopathic medicine. The breadth of this research focus may include but is not limited to:

  • mechanisms of action of OMT
  • clinical efficacy of OMT, which may include cost-effectiveness of osteopathic health care
  • biomarker assays in OMT delivery
  • collecting normative data in OMT
  • inter- and intra-examiner reliability of palpation/sensory assessment, which may include improvement of OMT record keeping
  • OMT technique understanding or development, including methods to validate OMT through specific replicable research methodologies
  • methods of reproducible measurement of physiologic response, measurable outcome changes, and lengths of changes and responses to OMT
  • developing statistical methods instruments for OMT including surveys, SOAP notes, digital documentation through electronic health records, health status assessments and instruments for bias reduction
  • methods of teaching palpation and assessment of diagnosis (TART) in OMT
  • effects of patient–physician relationship on outcomes in OMT and sham techniques

The AAO will not fund machine or equipment engineering research and development.

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Resident of the Year Nominations Due Nov. 30

The AAO’s Resident of the Year award recognizes outstanding residents who promote osteopathic principles and practices in their residency programs in addition to contributing to the AAO and the osteopathic profession at large. Nominations are due Nov. 30.

2019 AOF/AAO Outstanding OMM Resident

Nominate an outstanding resident for the 2019 AOF/AAO Outstanding Resident of the Year in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Deadline: May 10

Eileen L. DiGiovanna, DO, FAAO, Receives Distinguished Service Award

Eileen L. DiGiovanna, DO, FAAO, of Smithtown, New York, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Committee on Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 15 at the Academy’s annual Convocation in Orlando, Florida.