Guidance. Coaching. Recognition.

About the AOA Mentor Program


The AOA strongly believes that mentoring is an essential component of the learning experience for osteopathic medical students, interns, residents and young physicians. As mentors, DOs bring expertise and empathy to help guide their mentees, and can learn from and reach mutual understanding with their mentees. Most importantly, mentors provides the support and guidance mentees seek to become osteopathic physicians who are dedicated to the goals and emulate the distinct values of the profession. Mentoring cultivates a culture of physicians who are first and foremost dedicated to the importance of quality health care and the patient/physician relationship.

The AOA Mentor Program concept originated in 2003, by then AOA President, Darryl Beehler, DO.  Dr. Beehler’s theme, “Year of the Mentor,” demonstrated the AOA's dedication to connecting all generations of DOs to mutually educate and guide one another.  Subsequent AOA presidential themes have included "Year of Patient Centered, Quality Care," "Pride in the Profession," and "Back to Basics."  These themes echo the goals and ideas of the AOA Mentor Program: supporting patient-centered osteopathic physicians and the tenants of the osteopathic medical profession.