The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s website
provides information on the osteopathic medical schools across the United States, including information on location, admissions and the application process. The site’s "Become and Osteopathic Physician" pages are especially designed for the applicant, highlighting the osteopathic medical education experience (OME), financial information, the application process, and recruitment and open house events.
The DO online magazine
is published by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Stay connected to and current with the osteopathic medical profession.
gives students a free, reliable, and comprehensive source of accurate, up-to-date information about the health professions. This includes information on and links to health-related education/training programs, financial aid resources, specialized learning opportunities, and current issues in health care.
AACOM Application Service's Facebook page
gives prospective students and applicants information on the osteopathic medical application and events relevant to those that want to learn more about the profession.
AACOM’s Facebook page
provides information about the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).
The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
. Students exploring or planning a career in medicine should seek out the health professions advisor on their campus to assist them. This website offers valuable resources and articles as well as volunteer advisors to help you on your path to a career in medicine.
The National Area Health Education Center Organization
is a network of health professionals and programs established around the nation for recruiting, training, and connecting students to careers in the various health professions.
The Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Association
is dedicated to spreading awareness of osteopathic medicine throughout Canada and helping Canadians realize their dream of practicing medicine.
The American Osteopathic Association
is the largest organization representing the osteopathic profession. This website provides general information about the profession and current information on what is happening on the political level.
Directory of State Osteopathic Medical Associations
Each state is served by a local osteopathic medical association. In addition to assisting their members and the osteopathic profession in a variety of ways, the local associations can also help you find an osteopathic physician (DO) in your area.
is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), which is the student affiliate organization of the AOA. Pre-SOMA’s mission is to promote osteopathic medicine, increase the number of applicants to osteopathic medical schools, support aspiring osteopathic physicians at all levels of education, and continue the proud legacy of osteopathic medicine. Pre-SOMA assists with finding both shadowing and mentoring opportunities in your area and provides periodic informational updates from National SOMA, including access to the National SOMA newsletter. On this website, pre-medical students will learn how to establish a local Pre-SOMA chapter at their school.
Pre-SOMA Facebook page
is managed by the national organization for premedical students interested in osteopathic medicine.
An Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment
by Eileen DiGiovanna, DO, and Stanley Schiowitz, DO
A text that organizes currently taught concepts and techniques, this book serves as a reference for osteopathic medical students.
The Autobiography of A.T. Still by Andrew Taylor Still
Reprinted by the AOA
First published in 1908, this book, by the founder of osteopathic medicine, discusses his life.
A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students
by Patrick Wu and Jonathan Siu
This comprehensive guide, written by current osteopathic medical students, is designed to help aspiring physicians understand osteopathic medicine and the path to becoming an osteopathic physician. Free download available on AACOM's bookstore
The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America
by Norman Gevitz, PhD
This book seeks to provide the first comprehensive portrait of the profession, focusing on the impact of ideas and institutions in promoting its early development in the last quarter of the 19th century, as well as in effecting subsequent changes within its belief system, educational program and scope of practice.
Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine
by Anthony Chila, DO, FAAO dist. FCA, American Osteopathic Association
The official textbook for the osteopathic profession. Contains information on how osteopathic theory and methods are incorporated in every aspect of medicine.
Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology
by the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
A glossary that presents important and frequently used words, terms and phrases of the osteopathic profession. Available on AACOM's bookstore.
The Lengthening Shadow of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still
by Arthur G. Hildreth and A. E. Van Vleck
A 1942 account of the life and work of the founder of osteopathic medicine.
Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present
by G. A. Walter, BS, DO, Ed (Hon.)
A 19-page pamphlet that gives an historical account of osteopathy, its roots and its founder, A.T. Still. The work also provides information regarding the status of osteopathic medicine in the United States in 1981.
Osteopathic Medicine–An American Reformation
by George W. Northup, DO
A short book that tells the story of A.T. Still and the beginnings of osteopathy. A good overview of the profession in the 1890s.
Osteopathic Medicine–A Reformation in Progress
by R. Michael Gallagher, DO, FACOFP, and Frederick J. Humphrey, II, DO, FACN
An authoritative work discussing the past, present and future challenges facing osteopathic medicine as well as its philosophical tenets and clinical contributions.
Osteopathic Principles and Practice
by Michael Kuchera, DO, FAAO, and William Kuchera, DO, FAAO
A text that presents osteopathic philosophy, treatment methods and techniques.
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
The scientific journal of osteopathic medicine, published by the AOA.