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About the AAOE

The American Association of Osteopathic Examiners is comprised of all osteopathic physicians who sit on state licensing boards, be it an osteopathic board or a composite board. All 50 states and the District of Columbia grant full, unlimited physician licensure for practice and surgery to osteopathic physicians.

As of February 2018, there are 14 osteopathic boards and 37 composite boards. Of these composite boards, 31 reserve a seat for osteopathic physicians, giving DO’s representation on a total of 47 of the 51 medical boards of the states and the District of Columbia. The four states without the representation of an osteopathic physician are: Alabama, Louisiana, Massachusetts and District of Columbia.


  • Michael Wieting, DO - President (Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination)
  • Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO - Vice-President (Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline)
  • Jan Zieren, DO - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Barbara Walker, DO - Past-President (North Carolina Medical Board)
  • Raine Richards, JD - AOA Staff Liaison

AAOE Strategic Plan

In order to build upon AAOE’s strength, the AAOE determined that it should focus on only a few, concentrated activities. The activities fit into three categories:

  • Advocacy - calls for collaboration between the AAOE, AOA, and the Federation of State Medical Boards.
  • Education - primarily deals with continuing medical education (CME) and leadership development.
  • Communications - focuses both on internal information exchange among members and also external communication through brand awareness.

We have determined goals and suggested actions within each category, which are outlined below:

Fundamental Priorities
  • Monitor issues and changes that affect osteopathic medicine and assist in the development of policy impacting practice rights.
  • Promote parallel and distinct osteopathic examination, licensure and certification.
  • Represent AAOE issues and concerns at the AOA’s Bureau of State Government Affairs (BSGA) meetings.
  • Increase communications among members to aid in identifying issues of concerns.
  • Ensure AAOE provides strong and timely educational programming.
  • Provide new member orientation.
  • Ensure members are fulfilling representative’s responsibilities.
  • Identify and embrace new leaders through ongoing interactions.
  • Enhance the AAOE identity within the osteopathic community as well as the medical arena.
  • Increase timely information exchange among members, the FSMB and the AOA to strengthen AAOE and its activities.

Current version of the AAOE Bylaws available here

CME for Board Related Activities

AAOE Fellows are eligible to receive AOA Category 1-B CME credit for participating in educational programs offered by state licensing boards and professional review activities related to their service on a state licensing/disciplinary board. Category 1-B CME credits will be granted and reported to the AOA according to verification of participation in the activities listed. Please click here to download the CME attestation form; submit the completed form to or fax (312) 202-8499 or mail to AAOE 142 E Ontario Chicago, IL 60611.

Note: Due to accreditation requirements, completion and submission of this form with proper documentation is required for CME credit.

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