American Association of Osteopathic Examiners


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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 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 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

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