AAO Fellowship Program

Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO)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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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)

  1. Membership in the AAO for a period of five (5) consecutive years.
  2. Certification by an AOA certifying board.
  3. 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.)
  4. Applicants shall file a signed statement of full compliance with the FAAO Code of Ethics and Professionalism policy.
  5. At least five (5) years of practice are required.
  6. A scientific paper or thesis suitable for publication.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.


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