Policy and leadership

Applications for the AOA’s 2024-2025 TIPS program now being accepted

Annual TIPS program offers fellows leadership training and learning opportunities.


Applications for the AOA’s 2024-2025 Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) cohort are now being accepted. The TIPS program is a policy-based program that provides fellows with an understanding of current health care policy issues while also facilitating leadership opportunities. It serves as an initial leadership and policy program for residents wishing to become more active within the osteopathic profession.

This cycle, TIPS sessions will focus on physician payment models, health care reform, social determinants of health, the opioid epidemic and current public health issues. Program participants will gain valuable experience in writing policy briefs and white papers and providing oral testimony. They will also receive media training.

Fellows will attend meetings led by experts, engage in interactive training and attend events that provide leadership and networking opportunities. An example of the topics and activities covered by the program can be found in the 2023-2024 program agenda.

The 2024-2025 program includes eight meetings, with the first meeting taking place during OMED24 in San Antonio from Sept. 20-22, 2024.

Online applications for the 2024-2025 TIPS cohort must be completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. A completed application should include the following items:

  • An updated resume or CV
  • A 250–500-word statement of purpose explaining why you hope to join the program
  • A writing sample
  • A recommendation form completed by a reference who is familiar with your interest and/or involvement in policy

Decisions will be issued by late June. While not necessary during the application process, selected candidates must become AOA members at the resident level by Sept. 1, 2024, in order to participate.

For more information or to apply for the cohort, please visit the TIPS Program webpage.


  1. Donald Robertson. 47103

    I previously sent an a comment regarding DEI in the AOA.but never received a reply to this post. Please respond.

    1. Alexa Matthews

      Good afternoon! Thank you for reaching out. My apologies, that one must have slipped through the cracks. What was your question?

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