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The Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA) is the only osteopathic organization dedicated to improving the health of all Hoosiers and to making Indiana the best possible place to practice osteopathic medicine.

Active membership is graduated for physicians in their early years of practice and is reduced for residents, interns, and students. Become a member and stand with your peers as they work to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine through education, mentoring, advocacy, and support for practicing physicians who provide the highest quality, most comprehensive care to the people of Indiana. Download application. Join online. Not sure if you are a member? Send an e-mail message to or call us at (317) 926-3009. Already a member, but haven't paid your dues yet? Renew online.

All members will receive the Hoosier D.O. and other publications. The Hoosier D.O. is available under the Publications tab of our website (login required) or in digital version (correct e-mail address required). Members also will receive mailings about Board Actions and other important issues. Not receiving these? Please get in touch with us to verify that your information is up-to-date.

On May 7, 2017, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM), the first medical school to open in Indiana in over one hundred years, graduated its first class and established a cohort of MUCOM alumni.

A high priority of the IOA over the last years was restructuring of its foundation, the Motyka Dannin Osteopathic Educational Foundation (Motyka Dannin Foundation). With the reorganization, we set a goal of raising $100,000 by May of 2017 and awarding our first forgivable loan in the amount of $10,000 the same year. We achieved that goal and selected our first recipient. Adam Davis is a second year student at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our aspiration is to become the premier scholarship opportunity for Indiana’s osteopathic medical students and to ensure our top notch students continue to practice in Indiana. Please consider a contribution as one of your annual donations. Donation Form. Donate Stock Shares. Donate Online.



Tabitha ArnettThe Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA) announced on December 9 that it has named Tabitha Arnett, IOM, CAE, as Executive Director effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“The IOA advocates for osteopathic physicians and the patients they serve,” Arnett said. “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of caring and dedicated osteopathic physicians throughout Indiana.”

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Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Indiana Osteopathic Association's 36th Annual Winter Update to be held December 8 - 10, 20-17, at the JW Marriott, in downtown Indianapolis. Download brochure. Register online. An optional preconference OMT workshop is being offered on Thursday, December 7, 2017, for an additional fee. Download brochure. Register online. Book your room early. Make your reservation via the internet at or call (866) 704-6162.

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Indiana POST

The Indiana POST Program is a new advance care planning tool that helps ensure treatment preferences are honored. It is designed for patients with serious illness. Preferences for life sustaining treatments including resuscitation, medical interventions (e.g., comfort care, hospitalization, intubation, mechanical ventilation), antibiotics, and artificial nutrition are documented as medical orders on the POST form. It must be reviewed and signed by a physician to be activated. This form transfers throughout the health care system and the orders are valid in all settings.

A new Indiana POST Video is now available for your use at This 9 minute video is appropriate for health care providers as well as patients and families. Please feel free to share it broadly and incorporate it into your educational offerings.

The Single GME Accreditation System

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are currently transitioning to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education in the U.S. When fully implemented in July 2020, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies. Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the new system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to health care.

The AOA remains dedicated to helping its members navigate the transition as it progresses. View detailed updates on accreditation processes and the latest information for students & residents and educational stakeholders.

For more information, the ACGME has updated its online Single GME Accreditation System section to provide greater ease of access to news items, important updates and critical resources to osteopathic programs pursuing ACGME accreditation.

News & Announcements:

  • March 27, 2017: The AOA, ACGME and AACOM reached an agreement this week to protect residents as part of the transition to the single GME accreditation system. The three organizations recognize there may be unique circumstances whereby some residency programs make a good faith effort to achieve ACGME accreditation, but still haven’t transitioned successfully to ACGME accreditation by the deadline of June 30, 2020. The agreement will give the AOA restricted authority to extend the AOA accreditation date to allow any remaining resident in such programs to complete training in an accredited program. Questions about this agreement can be directed to
  • Feb. 3, 2017: Looking toward the full tranisiton to a single GME accreditation system in 2020, training programs may not accept new trainees if their training would be completed after June 30, 2020, unleass those programs have submitted an application for ACGME accreditation. Learn more.
  • Sept. 13, 2016: In an update on the single GME accreditation system, AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, addressed a paper written by Norman Gevitz, PhD, in which Dr. Gevitz provides his perspective on the progress of the transition. Dr. Buser notes that the paper does not reflect the facts, an accurate understanding of the single accreditation system structure or match process, or the current environment that led to the decision to pursue a single system for GME. Read Dr. Buser's complete letter or view AACOM's response to Dr. Gevitz's paper.
  • July 22, 2016: Boyd R. Buser, DO, and Thomas J. Nasca, MD, chief executive officer of ACGME, presented an update on the single GME accreditation system to the AOA House of Delegates. View or download Dr. Buser's and Dr. Nasca's presentation slides.
  • March 22, 2016: The ACGME has published a collection of resources to help guide programs through the process of applying for ACGME accreditation. The video guide, "Completing an ACGME Program Application," can be viewed on Vimeo.
  • Jan. 11, 2016: The ACGME announced that many fellowships will now accept the COMLEX-USA examination on equal footing with the USMLE. This change is specifically related to the "exceptionally qualified candidate" provision included in the ACGME's new Common Program Requirements. If an individual applies to a fellowship program based on this provision and has successfully completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 of COMLEX-USA, he/she will not be required to take the USMLE. This only applies to residents who graduate from a residency program with pre-accreditation, and not all subspecialties accept the exceptionally qualified candidate pathway. The ACGME will be issuing guidelines to assist fellowship program directors in determining whether individual applicants are eligible for appointment. Eligibility criteria for every ACGME-accredited subspecialty can be reviewed on the ACGME’s website.
  • View the Board Certification Chart to learn more about AOA and ABMS training eligibility requirements for specialty certification during the five-year transition period to a single GME accreditation system. During the transition, the ABMS boards will offer certification to osteopathic physicians under specific circumstances (summarized in the chart). Individuals seeking ABMS certification should monitor relevant ABMS board websites for any changes in policy. Note that the rules for entering advanced ACGME training are established by the ACGME. Those rules may allow a trainee to enter advanced ACGME training, but do not guarantee the trainee would be eligible to sit for the ABMS board examination.
  • AOA President-elect Boyd Buser, DO, was featured in this AMA story on the single GME accreditation system.



The Indiana Osteopathic Association has MOVED! We are excited to be renting space at the new Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our new address is 3200 Cold Spring Road, Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, Suite 107, Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997. Our telephone number remains the same, (317) 926-3009.