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 June 2021, there are 13 osteopathic boards
and 38 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: Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts and District of Columbia..
- Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH - President (Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline)
- Ryan Smith, DO, MEd, PhD - Vice-President (Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine)
- Jan Zieren, DO, MPH - Secretary/Treasurer(Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination)
- Michael Wieting, DO - Past-President (Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination)
- 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
We have determined goals and suggested actions
within each category, which are outlined below:
- 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
- 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