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AOA Cites AACOM Glossary as Professional Standard

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s House of Delegates recently voted to make AACOM’s Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology the standard osteopathic terminology resource for the profession. The publication, last revised in 2017, will continue to be used by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) in its standardized testing, and many of its terms are already been accepted by the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED) in the United States and internationally.

The glossary first appeared in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 1981, providing unique definitions for how doctors of osteopathic medicine conduct their practice. Started in cooperation with the AOA to provide fair testing terminology, the glossary was later published as a standalone book by AACOM. Most of the groundwork for the glossary was laid by Deborah Schmidt, DO, and Jon Garlitz, DO, from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). As part of the finalization process, one representative from every school of osteopathic medicine played a hand in agreeing to the terms that were adopted.

Today, the publication is maintained and regularly updated by AACOM and its Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) Council. Several other national organizations have also accepted or adopted the glossary as their standard, including NBOME, who uses the document to assist in developing standardized testing. The World Health Organization has recently called upon the Osteopathic International Alliance to promote a single lexical standard, and the Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology is currently being considered.

Visit AACOM’s online bookstore to order your Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology today.