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MAOPS Delegates to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates

MAOPS delegates to the AOA are nominated by the Leadership Development Committee. District osteopathic associations are asked to submit nominations to the committee by December 15 annually. The Leadership Development Committee's recommendations are considered by the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting each spring. Only members of the AOA, MAOPS and their respective district associations are eligible for election as delegates and alternates. Student delegates attend either Kansas City University, Kansas City - College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU, KC-COM), Kansas City University, Joplin - College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU, Joplin -COM)  or A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).


Role of the Delegate

A MAOPS AOA Delegate is a MAOPS and AOA member who represents the organization at the national level at the annual House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This is the policy making body of the AOA and the osteopathic profession.

MAOPS Delegates attend the annual meeting and provide voice for Missouri D.O.s on national policy. Delegates attend reference committees where policy is reviewed and the actual House of Delegates where policy is debated and voted on.

Becoming a MAOPS Delegate to the AOA House of Delegates

The MAOPS Leadership Development Committee (LDC) reviews applications of those MAOPS members interested in serving as an AOA Delegate from Missouri. The LDC makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees at the annual membership meeting, and the Board approves the delegates. MAOPS is allotted a specific number of delegates by the AOA based on Missouri membership in the AOA. This can change annually, but it is typically 13-15 delegates. MAOPS also typically sends an additional 3-6 alternate delegates.

MAOPS officers automatically are delegates to the AOA. The rest of the delegate slate is filled with interested members. The LDC considers the following when selecting delegates each year:

  • Experience/involvement in MAOPS
  • District/geographic distribution
  • Specialty
  • Enthusiasm and interest level

Expectations of an AOA Delegate

  • MAOPS and AOA membership
  • Proficient email use
  • Orientation meeting attendance via a conference call prior to the AOA House of Delegates
  • Caucus meeting attendance at the AOA House of Delegates as announced by the President
  • AOA reference committee service and/or reference committee meeting attendance as delegated by the Missouri Caucus Chair
  • Full AOA House of Delegates session attendance
  • Willingness to review resolutions and reports prior to the AOA House of Delegates
  • Ability to stay abreast on the issues to be debated as they have a responsibility for establishing policies for the entire profession
  • Service on a MAOPS Resolutions Review Reference Committee to review and make recommendations on MAOPS policies. (Note: This requires work at the AOA House of Delegates and potentially via conference call and email following the AOA House of Delegates.)

Reimbursement for AOA Delegates

Delegates receive a stipend determined by the MAOPS Finance and Audit Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees to help cover expenses while in Chicago.

Currently, MAOPS has the following reimbursement policy for all AOA Delegates:

  • A stipend to assist in travel costs and miscellaneous expenses Thursday through Sunday. Delegates are expected to attend Thursday through Sunday in order to receive the stipend.
  • Hotel costs (room and taxes) at the group rate for a single room at the hotel chosen by MAOPS.
  • MAOPS also typically hosts a breakfast meeting and dinner meeting for delegates.

Note: While the stipend usually covers basic expenses to attend the House of Delegates, this is dependent on the Trustee’s choices while at the meeting. The stipend is not intended to cover every expense incurred, but to provide significant support for the delegate’s service to the organization.


Contact the MAOPS Executive Director, Brian Bowles for more information. 



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