The American Academy of Osteopathy

Moving Osteopathy Forward Since 1937

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, practices and manipulative treatment in patient care.

Get ready for the AAO's 2016 Convocation, "Somatic Dysfunction and Emotional Well-being: An Osteopathic Approach to Mental Health." The Convocation will be held March 16-20 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. Make your reservations online now, or learn more about Rosen Shingle Creek.

Registration is now open for osteopathic physicians, other health care professionals and osteopathic medical students.

For more information about the AAO's 2016 Convocation, download the full brochure.

Exhibitor information is available to download now. Learn more about exhibiting at the AAO's Convocation.

Member benefits include:

Have It Your Way: It’s Your Name
Does your name read the way you want it to on correspondence from the Academy? Or does it have your full middle name when you prefer to use your middle initial? Does it have a hyphen between your two last names instead of the space you prefer? Is it missing one of your doctoral degrees or fellowship designations? If so, let the Academy know, and we will fix your name to your liking.

Just log on to the “Edit My Information” page on the Academy’s website using your primary email address and your AAO password. You can then modify the name fields so that your name appears the way you want it to. While you are editing your name, take a few minutes to make sure that all of contact information the Academy has for you is up to date on the “Edit My Information” page.

If you would rather have the Academy modify your name or contact information, call AAO Membership Liaison Susan Lightle, CPS, at (317) 879-1881, ext. 217, or email her at

The Academy recommends that you be consistent in how you list your name with the Academy and the American Osteopathic Association. So log in to the AOA’s website or check your name on the AOA’s “Find a DO” page. If the AOA’s version of your name does not match what you asked the Academy to use, contact the AOA’s Member Service Center at or (800) 621-1773, ext. 1.

Support the AAO

Your Golden Ram Society donations support the Academy’s educational programs for physicians who want to learn and practice hands-on osteopathic techniques. We also accept donations to support research and student registration at the AAO’s annual Convocation in March. For questions and more information, please contact AAO Associate Executive Director Sherri L. Quarles.


In the News

Calling all exhibitors! The exhibitor prospectus for the AAO's 2016 Convocation is available to download now.

In July, the AAO Board of Trustees adopted a position paper proposing eligibility requirements for anyone entering residencies with osteopathic recognition. 

In March 2015, the AAO Board of Governors approved the AAO's 2015-18 strategic plan. The plan focuses on increasing the public's understanding of osteopathic medicine, making CME opportunities more widely available, and leveraging technology to promote the AAO and its mission.

The AAO's New Physicians in Practice Committee has published a guide that will be helpful to physicians setting up—or already operating—a practice. Find the guide and other resources under Physicians > Resources.

Looking for member contact information? Login and go to the individual directory.

Stay up-to-date on the proposed new single GME system.