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One of the best ways to get the most out of your membership with the AOMA is by getting involved in leadership opportunities and participating in one of many membership activities throughout the year.

For more information or to take part in any of these opportunities, please contact AOMA at info@az-osteo.org or (602) 266-6699.

 

Advocacy

An important function of the AOMA is advocating on behalf of the osteopathic medical profession. AOMA provides various opportunities to get involved in political advocacy. The AOMA strives to be the first and best option for policymakers seeking honest, trustworthy, dependable, and objective information, with the goal of making sure that whether a policymaker makes a good or a bad decision, it is always an informed decision.

 

 

Legislative Affairs Committee

Reviews pending legislation which may impact the profession and makes recommendations whether to support or oppose proposed legislation. The Committee implements effective strategies to educate and engage legislators and AOMA members to ensure advocacy efforts are successful.

 

 

 

Political Action Committee (PAC)

Contributions made through the PAC allow AOMA to endorse and support candidates for state public office who share our concern for the future of high quality, cost effective healthcare. All AOMA members are eligible to make a voluntary contribution to the PAC.

Student Advocacy Program 

Working closely with A.T. Still University and Midwestern University faculty and student leaders, the AOMA provides opportunities for students to get involved with the Legislative Affairs Committee and help protect their future osteopathic profession.

 

Advocacy Training

The AOMA offers advocacy support and assistance for speaking with legislators, understanding the legislative process, and tracking legislation. The AOMA is available to provide training to help members understand the legislative process and become effective advocates for the profession. 

 

 

Governance

Physicians and students can get involved in the AOMA governance through participation and attendance at the House of Delegates, Board of Trustees, and District meetings.

 

 

AOMA Executive Committee

  • responsible for the management and success of AOMA

  •  comprised of five executive officers: President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer

  • officer candidates are selected by the AOMA Nominating Committee and are elected by the AOMA House of Delegates at the Annual Convention 

  • meets monthly, usually via teleconference

 

 

AOMA House of Delegates

  • the legislative and governing body of the AOMA

  • represents the membership in association affairs

  • delegates are elected by the Districts

  • AOMA Bylaws allow for one delegate and one alternate to be elected to the AOMA House of Delegates from each school with voice and vote

  • meets twice a year - at the Annual Convention and the Fall Seminar

AOMA Board of Trustees

  • transacts the business of the AOMA, led by the Executive Committee

  • one seat per school on the Board of Trustees

  • trustees are elected by Districts

  • new Trustees begin their terms in June of each year

  • meets four times per year

 

AOMA Districts

  • seven regional districts, organized by zip code

  • meets annually at the beginning of the year

  • elects the representatives to the House of Delegates and Board of Trustees

  • discuss issues pertinent to the osteopathic medical profession and AOMA


 

Committees

Through committee involvement, many future AOMA executive officers and trustees emerge to become leaders in the osteopathic medical profession in Arizona and nationally.


Participating on a committee is a minimal time commitment. Most of the committees meet four times a year and meetings are scheduled outsi
de of regular work hours, usually lasting no more than an hour. Teleconferencing is available for all of the meetings.

 

 

Legislative Affairs is responsible for developing, analyzing, and influencing healthcare legislation and taking the lead on advocacy efforts to protect and promote osteopathic medicine on behalf of physicians and students.

 

 

 

Payor Relations Committee advocates for equality and fairness with third-party payers on issues regarding physician guidelines, quality initiatives, plan regulations and patient safety, and educates members on third-party reimbursement.

Membership and Credentials works to further the growth of AOMA membership, retain current members, and develop services and activities which will serve to enhance the professional growth of osteopathic physicians and students. The Committee also explores new areas of professional development and stays in close contact with Arizona students by disseminating information concerning AOMA.

 

Professional Education Committee determines the educational offerings of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Annual Convention, Fall Seminar and other programs, based on the needs of members and attendees, using assessment tools to identify their areas of interest.

New Physicians Committee educates new physicians on practice management, trends and changes in healthcare delivery, provides networking/collegiality, and sharing of ideas to introduce new physicians to the association and identify future leaders.

 

Public Awareness Committee develops strategies to enhance the image and presence of the osteopathic medical profession. The Committee works to promote osteopathic medicine through media relations, networking, and community engagement.

 

 

Osteopathic Charities & Support for Residents & Students

Arizona Osteopathic Charities is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization. Its mission is to educate and promote safe and healthy living for children, students, and families. The Charities provides financial support for three worthwhile causes: Stepping Stones of Hope, Team of Physicians for Students (TOPS), and DOCARE International.


In addition, the Charities underwrites an annual scholarship essay competition and clinical case and poster forum, offering monetary prizes to the winners.

 

 

Scholarship Essay Competition - two scholarships are awarded each year to osteopathic medical students. Scholarships are awarded to one student at both the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) in Glendale and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) in Mesa. To be considered, students are required to write an essay. The Arizona Osteopathic Charities Board of Directors judges the entries and selects the winners.

 

 

Clinical Case and Poster Forum – Residents and students are invited to submit entries for the Case Forum (top three entries present their case during the Convention) or abstracts for the poster competition (all poster abstracts are displayed and presented during the Convention). The competition entries are judged by a group of osteopathic physicians and other educators. The winners of the case forum and poster forum receive a $500 award. Details are available at www.az-osteo.org/PosterForum.

Get involved with AOMA!  Complete the Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities form here