American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Students, Interns and Residents FAQ

How do I apply to serve on an AOA bureau, council or committee?

Calls for applicants are sent at the beginning of the calendar year in January. Read the descriptions of the each of the AOA bureaus, councils and committees (B/C/Cs) and select up to three to apply to.

Submit a letter of intent (addressed to either the Student Nominations Committee or the Intern and Resident Nominations Committee) and your current CV via email to The letter and CV should be attached to the email, not in the body of the email.

If you are currently a fourth-year student, intern or resident, please apply to the Intern and Resident Nominations Committee. If you will still be a resident or fellow in the current year you are applying for, you may apply to serve as a resident representative.

Your letter should indicate what B/C/Cs you are most interested in (up to three), what experience or skills you may bring to the position, and why you are applying to serve. Please indicate in your email what the best email address is to use to reach you. This email address will be used to communicate with you when the nominations are announced in July, so please make sure that it is an email account that you check on a regular basis.

I wasn’t appointed to a bureau, council or committee as a student/intern/resident, how can I remain involved?

Don’t be discouraged! Please consider submitting your application next year. The AOA has many opportunities for involvement throughout your career. Consider attending one of the AOA’s many meetings, DO Day on Capitol Hill in the Spring, OMED in the fall, or the AOA’s House of Delegates in the summer.

If you are interested in becoming more politically involved, the AOA’s Advocacy page provides a wealth of information on some of the AOA’s legislative priorities and how members can get involved. Write letters to congress or register for the Grassroots Osteopathic Advocacy Link (GOAL). GOAL is a great tool to get started in learning more about issues on a National Level. By registering, you’ll receive periodic emails with issue summaries, talking points, calls to action and Washington Updates with website links for more information.

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We’re hosting an event to promote osteopathic medicine. Where can we find some AOA materials (brochures, etc)?

The AOA store provides customizable materials that include brochures “What is a DO?” “Osteopathic Medicine”, “OMT” and much more. Make sure to log in to the website to access more resources for promoting osteopathic medicine during National Osteopathic Medicine week. If you are a representative of a SOMA Chapter, please contact  for other available options.

Where can I find a list of member benefits and alliances?

Visit the AOA Membership section to view a list of benefits with links to our partners' pages.

Does the AOA have a malpractice insurance program for members?

The AOA does not currently have an insurance program in place as we are currently re-evaluating our options. If you are looking for a resource immediately, DOs are encouraged to contact their state and specialty organizations to see if they have a recommendation or resource.