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Arizona Emerging Leaders Grants

Arizona Emerging Osteopathic Leaders Grants

The Arizona Emerging Osteopathic Leaders Grants program was created by the Arizona Osteopathic Charities to honor Amanda Weaver, DHL, MBA, long-time Executive Director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, in recognition of her enduring accomplishments to support residents intending to practice medicine in Arizona.

The Arizona Emerging Osteopathic Leaders Grants provide financial support to osteopathic medical residents. Grants are available to assist residents who need financial assistance to take advantage of leadership opportunities and professional development.

The application process is simple and straightforward. Residents must obtain endorsement from their residency program director and provide attestation of their future plans to practice in Arizona. Applications are reviewed for approval by the AOMA New Physicians in Practice Committee. Grants are subject to the availability of funds.


Leadership & Professional Development Opportunities

Funding is available for residents intending to practice in Arizona to attend conferences, obtain certifications, and/or receive funding assistance to advance leadership skills and professional development. These special funding grants may be provided to pay for some or all of expenses to help residents fulfill an unmet or desired need in addition their residency program. Programs and projects considered may include educating decision makers and/or the public on healthcare; improving access to quality, cost efficient healthcare; developing and influencing healthcare policy.


Funding may also be available for residents intending to practice in Arizona to apply for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program allowing D.O. residents to spend a year developing and polishing their advocacy skills and helps residents prepare for leadership roles by becoming an expert on health policy issues. For information on TIPS, visit


Funding amounts vary between $300 up to $5,000 depending on the need and availability of funds.


Leadership & Professional Development Application Requirements

  • Must successfully complete entire application
  • Must be an active member of AOMA in good standing
  • Must have completed at least one year of Graduate Medical Education.
  • Must have residency program director approval and recommendation
  • Application

    The grant application is available online at There are no specific deadlines for application. Applications may take up to 45 days for review and approval or decline. Please direct your questions to



    About Amanda Weaver, DHL, M.B.A.

    Amanda “Mandy” Weaver was the AOMA Executive Director for over 19 years and is nationally recognized for her passion for and commitment to osteopathic medicine. Her efforts helped advance osteopathic medicine in the state of Arizona and put D.O.s in the forefront of healthcare policy decisions at the Arizona State Legislature.

    Ms. Weaver received the Riland Medal for Health Policy from the New York Institute of Technology Health Professions Program in 2014. She was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters from A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona in June 2014. She was the first Executive Director to be selected for the American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellowship Program and graduated in 2001.

    Ms. Weaver graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s in Business Administration and received her Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.