American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Bureau of Emerging Leaders

The AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders (BEL) is the representative body and advocate for all osteopathic medical students, osteopathic physicians in postdoctoral training, and osteopathic physicians who have completed their postdoctoral training within the past five years or received the DO degree within the previous 10 years. The new physician representative to the AOA Board of Trustees is the chair of the BEL, and the student and resident representatives serve as vice chairs.

The primary goals of the BEL are to focus on issues important to their colleagues, and to develop opportunities and resources that will further the AOA’s strategic plan and engage students, trainees and new physicians in the osteopathic medical profession and the AOA. These opportunities and resources may include events, online content, leadership roles, networking, mentorship and community outreach. The BEL may create task forces and work groups to assist in the work of the BEL; the BEL will select students, trainees and new physicians to serve on these task forces and work groups. The BEL will focus on policy development to best represent their constituents, and has two delegates and two alternates attend the annual AOA House of Delegates.