About the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

The American Academy of Osteopathy provides quality continuing medical education and advocates on behalf of its members. Recent CME course topics have included palpating the brain, learning the basics of the fascial distortion model and using 3D technology to examine human anatomy. In addition, the Academy supports research in osteopathic medicine and publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed medical journal.

The AAO is a 501c(3) nonprofit membership association focused on supporting osteopathic physicians who specialize in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM). Watch “What Is Osteopathy?” featuring Kenneth J. Lossing, DO, the Academy’s 2014-15 president, discussing the benefits of osteopathic medicine. Academy members consist of osteopathic physicians (DOs), osteopathic medical students, international clinicians and others.

The Academy was established in 1937 as the Osteopathic Manipulative Therapeutic and Clinical Research Association and was granted affiliation by the American Osteopathic Association in 1938. In 1970, the name was changed to the American Academy of Osteopathy, and in 1992 the association moved to its present location in Indiana.

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Our Mission

The mission of the American Academy of Osteopathy is to teach, advocate and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles, practice and manipulative treatment in patient care.

In March 2015, the AAO's Board of Governors adopted the following vision statement: All patients are aware of and have access to osteopathic medical care and osteopathic manipulative medicine for optimal health.

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New Ideas Forum 2019

AAO members who submit the most promising proposals for advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine will be given 15 to 30 minutes to outline their thoughts, demonstrate their techniques and field questions from their peers.

Giving Tuesday Is Nov. 27

Help AAO knock out its fundraising goal on Tuesday, Nov. 27. First established in 2012, Giving Tuesday encourages people to prioritize charitable giving during the busy holiday shopping season.

AAO Recognized for Contributions to Profession

On Saturday, July 21, the AAO was one of four recipients of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2019 STARs (Strategic Team Award and Recognition) for its dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine. The STARs recognize contributions made by state, specialty and regional affiliates, colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and nonpractice affiliates that have advanced the osteopathic profession. The award honors programs and activities that align with the initiatives in the AOA’s strategic plan.