Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO)
Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) is an earned post-doctoral designation conferred by the American Academy of Osteopathy. Academy members who earn the FAAO designation have demonstrated outstanding understanding and execution of osteopathic principles as outlined below.
Information At a Glance
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Active Fellows of the AAO
FAAO Distinguished Service Award
The fellowship process is designed to be completed in a two-year cycle. If during the initial two-year cycle a candidate wishes an extension or deferment, the Fellowship Committee may grant a one-year extension for sufficient cause. The conferment of honors occurs at the end of the two-year cycle after the candidate has fulfilled all the requirements for the FAAO. This is a solemn occasion and all Fellows are expected to wear academic regalia and march in procession at the opening of the president's banquet at the AAO annual Convocation.
Candidate requirements (summary)
- Membership in the AAO for a period of five (5) consecutive years.
- Certification by an AOA certifying board.
- Applicants shall supply evidence of AAO organizational activity (boards, committees, etc.) and of fulfilling at least three (3) of the following six (6) categories since residency:
- Contribution to osteopathic literature
- Development of osteopathic theory or manipulative method or procedure
- Research related to osteopathic theory and practice
- Contributions in the field of osteopathic education: faculty (college, AAO, cranial, etc.) formal educational programs, preceptorship activity, clinical or hospital supervision
- Service to the public and public health (community activity, school physician, sponsor of health activity, etc.)
- Administrative service to the profession (dean, medical director, chief of staff, carrier advisory committee member, department chair, committee chairs on staff, etc.)
- Applicants shall file a signed statement of full compliance with the FAAO Code of Ethics and Professionalism policy.
- At least five (5) years of practice are required.
- A scientific paper or thesis suitable for publication.
- A minimum of three (3) years AOA category 1-A CME credits with an average of 50 credits per year, totaling at least 150 credits in a three-year period. Of this total, at least 50 CME specialty hours must be programs sponsored by the American Academy of Osteopathy.
- Case histories will be three (3) total with two (2) representative of the candidate's practice and one (1) pertinent to his or her thesis.
- Applicants will sit for interviews before formal approval of the outline of the proposed papers and acceptance of the member as a candidate in the Fellowship process.