The American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) is a non-profit organization for osteopathic medical education. Members include osteopathic physicians and medical students, supporters and affiliates, sponsors, and international members.
The mission of the AAO is to teach, advocate, and research the science, art, and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles, practice, and manipulative treatment in patient care.
The AAO's mission is to assist osteopathic medical professionals to:
1. Acquire a better understanding of osteopathic principles, theories, and practice to include:
a. helping students attain a maximum proficiency in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment
b. fostering a clear concept of clinical application of osteopathy in health and disease
2. Improve public awareness of osteopathic medicine so that the community may better take advantage of the benefits provided by the complete health care concept of osteopathic medicine.
Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy
The Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy is an earned post-graduate degree awarded to eligible physicians demonstrating a commitment to osteopathic principles and practice. Requirements include AAO membership, American Osteopathic Association board certification, an interview, publications, etc.