Membership Information

OOA Student membership is automatically granted on a DUES-FREE basis to each undergraduate student enrolled in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). Undergraduate students in other AOA accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine and surgery may enroll for DUES-FREE membership by completing an on-line application. Join Today!


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Mentoring Program 

The OOA and AOA strongly believe that mentoring is an essential component of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young physicians. Mentees, likewise, serve as "reverse mentors" by helping practicing physicians understand the stresses associated with osteopathic education and the ever-evolving changes in the practice of osteopathic medicine.

Most importantly, mentors provide osteopathic physicians-in-training with the support and guidance they need to become compassionate physicians, who will live and practice by the words of the "Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment" to:

Provide compassionate, quality care to my patients;
Partner with them to promote health;
Display integrity and professionalism throughout my career;
Advance the philosophy, practice and science of osteopathic medicine;
Continue life-long learning;
Support my profession with loyalty in action, word and deed; and
Live each day as an example of what an osteopathic physician should be.

Since osteopathic medicine places its emphasis on treating patients, not symptoms, both the OOA and AOA believe mentoring helps students become physicians who are first and foremost dedicated to the importance of quality health care and the patient/physician relationship.

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign-up for the AOA Mentoring Program.


OOA Class Mentor Program

In  2013, the OOA launched the Class Mentor Program for students at OU-HCOM. The program links the OOA treasurer with the incoming class. As the treasurer moves up the chairs to president during the next three years, he/she remains  the professional mentor for that class until the students graduate. The purpose of the OOA Class Mentor is to keep students connected with their professional family and involved in OOA and District Academy events.

Class Mentors 2016 2018

Mentor of the Year

Click here to find out more about the OOA Mentoring Program and how to nominate your favorite mentor for the George L. Eckert, Jr., DO, Mentor of the Year Award.


"The Osteopathic Family" Begins With Students

The Ohio Osteopathic Association is an award-winning divisional society (state) of the American Osteopathic Association.  The recipient of the AOA's STAR award for two consecutive years, the OOA was responsible for initiating the legislation that created the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are the Voice of Osteopathic Medicine in Ohio!

OU-HCOM students have voice at the state and national levels through the President of OU-HCOM Student Government Association, who serves as a voting member of the OOA Board of Trustees, a voting delegate of the OOA House of Delegates, and a voting member of the Ohio Delegation to the American Osteopathic Association's House of Delegates.  To ensure students are represented at state and national business meetings, the OOA and it's affiliate, the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians (Ohio ACOFP), underwrite the cost of sending the Ohio student delegate and/or alternate to state and national delegation meetings.  Click here for more information about services available for students through the  American Osteopathic Association. Interested in getting connected with an AOA specialty society?  Click here for more information.


Ohio Osteopathic Symposium


State Representative Terry A. Johnson, DO

Students at the OOS


OU-HCOM students during the 2010 Poster Competition  (left) and  OU-HCOM students, during the 2011 Symposium (right), presenting a photo of Grosvenor Hall to State Representative Terry A. Johnson, DO,  for his Statehouse office.   


Each spring, DOs from across the state gather for the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium and Ohio Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. Students are invited to play an integral role in this respected educational event by entering a poster in the annual research poster contest.  Students may also attend lectures and practice management workshops at no cost.  

In addition to providing quality continuing medical education for practicing physicians, the Symposium offers students networking opportunities, leadership development and a chance to engage in policy-making activities. For example, the OOA House of Delegates meets during the Symposium to elect officers, debate resolutions and address issues confronting the profession at the state and national level. 

Read more information on this year's Annual Symposium.


OU-HCOM Fall Student Study Break

The Ohio Osteopathic Association's Board of Trustees meets on campus every November and hosts a reception for the first and second year students and their guests.  The "OU-HCOM Student Study Break" offers students an opportunity to talk with OOA Board members from all over the state and learn about CORE hospitals and OOA District Academy activities.  The Board also interacts with members of the OU-HCOM Student Government through leadership training activities and forums prior to the reception. 





DO Day at the Statehouse/DO Day on the Hill

The Ohio Osteopathic Association encourages students to serve as advocates for patients and the osteopathic profession. The association helps to underwrite the cost of student participation at DO Day at the State House in Columbus and DO Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. by providing charter bus transportiaton from Athens. Click here for more information or to register.


 Scenes From DO Days 2012 and 2013


DO Day 2013

DO Day 2013

OU-HCOM Group 1 

Ohio Student Leadership Opportunities


Ohio Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

The OOA has a long history of supporting student involvement in the profession. In fact, the OOA was the first state osteopathic association in the nation to add a voting student representative to its Board of Trustees and to seat a student delegate in its House of Delegates. The President of OU-COM's Student Government serves as that voting member.  If you have questions, concerns, or an interest in getting involved, please contact your student representative, Austin Moore, OMS II, SGA President and OOA Board member.

2012 OOA Board Meeting2012 OOA House of Delegates



Ohio ACOFP Board of Governors

The President of the OU-COM Family Practice Student Association serves as a voting member of the Ohio ACOFP Board of Trustees.  The State Society also provides an annual $1,500 grant to support the organization.  If you have questions, concerns, or an interest in getting involved, please contact your student representative, Student Family Practice Association President and Ohio ACOFP Board Member.


The 2012-13 Ohio ACOFP Board with Randi Amstadt, OMS III (front row, center), and Kyle A. Hartman, OMS IV (back row, fifth from left).


State Science Day  


State Science Day 2013

Each year, the OOA presents six Osteopathic Medical Awards in two grade categories during the Ohio Academy of Science's State Science Day. The competition attracts more than 1,000 junior and senior high school students from across Ohio. In 2013, the OU-HCOM Chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association supplied judges for the 50 or so projects entered in the OOA's category, which covers medical, health, and behavioral research. For more information, contact the OOA Central Office



OOA and AACOM Health Policy Rotations


State Sen Lou Gentile with Kimbra Joyce OMS IV during a health policy rotation in November 2013

The OOA Health Policy clerkship is designed as a two to four week rotation for OU-HCOM fourth year students and CORE residents.  The elective, which was started in 2013, qualifies for 4, 6, or 8 hours of credit, and introduces students to the state legislative process and public health policy formation.


State Sen. Lou Gentile and Kimbra Joyce, OMS IV, chat after a session of the Ohio Senate in Nov., 2013.


Students spend time shadowing OOA Executive Jon Wills and Ohio Department of Health Chronic Disease Director Andrew Wapner, DO to see state government in action.They have an opportunity to observe sessions of the Ohio General Assembly, attend health related legislative committee hearings, talk with legislators, and participate in state agency, coalition and stakeholder meetings.  

Students who complete the rotation learn how to (1) read existing laws and proposed legislation; (2) research health policy issues and draft policy statements; (3) effectively communicate with legislators and state agency officials; and (4) testify before legislation committees to support, oppose, or propose amendments.  

Students, who are interested in a less intensive rotation are welcome to spend a day shadowing the executive director at the Statehouse.  For more information, contact Jon Wills at



The Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program enables up to three osteopathic medical students to spend two consecutive months in the government relations department at the AACOM headquarters. To the extent practical, every effort is made to identify the two-month period that best accommodates each student's’ schedule. The objective of the program is to allow selected student interns to develop an understanding and operational knowledge of how federal health care policy is developed and how to have an effective impact on public policy formulation.process.

Click here for more information.