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Leadership Institute


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing travel and facility
use restrictions, the 2020-2021 class of the Fellowship has been cancelled.

Applications for the class of 2021-2022 offering of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship will open in early January of 2021. Please contact Al Pheley at alpheley@gmail.com with questions

Applications Open in early January 2021

Become a Fellow


Purpose and Structure

This year-long program is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy.

Program Schedule

Fellows attend an intensive five-day academic orientation in August, beginning eight monthly three-day weekend seminars. Seminars rotate among osteopathic colleges and the Washington D.C. offices of the AOA and AACOM.

2019-20 Schedule


2020-21 Schedule


August 12-16:   West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

October 4-6:      University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

November 6-8:  Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

December 2-5:  AACOM Office, Washington, DC


January 8-10:    VCOM, Blacksburg Virginia Campus

Dates TBD:       Puerto Rico

March 5-7:         Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

April 9-11:         Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

May 7-9:            AOA Office, Chicago

June 6-8:           AACOM Office, Washington, DC

August 20:         Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin, OH


Admission is competitive and open to applicants who hold the DO degree or other graduate degree with strong linkages to the osteopathic profession. Applicants will be evaluated on professional experience and level of commitment.

Program Requirements

Fellows must be an active participant in all sessions, devote at least 20 hours each month to reading and research assignments, and complete health policy writing projects.


The Fellowship offers a broad range of analytic and communication tools applicable to health policy: Foundations of Health Policy; Information Systems for Research; Statistical Analysis and Interpretation; Policy Formulation; Policy Analysis; and Writing for Presentation and Publication. Guest experts on health policy issues serve as seminar discussion leaders and resources for problem-based case studies. Policy areas addressed include: economics of health policy; federal and state health programs; health professions workforce; special populations; medical education; and health reform.


If you have any questions about becoming a Fellow, please contact us here.