American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Program

​The American Osteopathic Association's Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program is fostering the next generation of leaders in health policy. 


This program is open to all osteopathic physicians who have completed one year of postgraduate training and remain in an active AOA- or ACGME-accredited training program. We are seeking a class of 20 TIPS fellows.


The TIPS program is a policy-based program that provides an understanding of current health care policy issues while also providing leadership opportunities. Sessions will focus on physician payment models, health care reform, the Higher Education Act reauthorization, the opioid epidemic and current public health issues. Participants will gain experience in writing policy briefs and white papers; oral testimony; media training; and more.


This program serves as an initial leadership and policy program for residents wishing to become more active within the osteopathic profession. TIPS fellows have gone on to participate in the Health Policy Fellowship program, which has produced over 20 deans and college of osteopathic medicine presidents.


Residents may apply by completing the application and submitting it to The application includes:

  • Application Form.

  • Statement of Purpose.

  • Writing Sample.

  • CV.

In addition to the application, please have the TIPS nomination form signed by your program director or DME/DIO.

The 2018-2019 application cycle is open. Please complete the TIPS application.

A fellow who is accepted into the program is expected to attend all four sessions, complete all assignments by the deadline, and participate in a minimum of 80% of video conference/online discussions. The AOA will cover costs related to travel for the in-person meetings in accordance to its travel policy.


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