Also, when making a decision about how you will participate in organized medicine, don't forget that full membership in the AMA is open to DOs. You may want to compare the lobbying activities, budgets, and goals of the two organizations as well. Here, more DOs (a lot more) are represented by the AMA than the AOA.CaliMD said:
I know what American Osteopathic Association is. I just have never heard the term "going AOA," which obviously means being accepted to the allo honors society.HunterGatherer said:for allopathic schools this is the honors society
for DO schools the AOA:
The AOA is a member association representing more than 56,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s). The AOA serves as the primary certifying body for D.O.s, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical colleges and health care facilities.
The AOA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare within a distinct, unified profession.
in a number of threads especially the residency forums they talk about being AOA (honors society) which helps in making your residency app stand out. This is the allopathic honors society they are talking about though.
Just a little more information: AOA for allos is Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. You have to be in the top 10% of your class. Allo med school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa undergrad honor society.CaliMD said: