The membership of this Association is composed of active, student, honorary lifetime, retired, and postgraduate according to the Bylaws.
Active membership is available to doctors of osteopathy or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) who:
Retired membership may be granted to osteopathic physicians who are completely retired from practice. Retired members pay reduced dues and conference fees as set by the Board of Trustees. Retired members are not required to maintain licensure.
Postgraduate membership may be granted to graduates of AOA approved osteopathic colleges. Those members who are in residency programs shall pay reduced or free dues and other meeting registration fees as designated by the Board of Trustees. This classification of membership entitles the individual to all the privileges of membership in the Association except a position on the executive committee unless approved by the Board of Trustees.
Student membership may be granted to students at AOA approved osteopathic colleges. Student members are not liable for dues and may attend annual and other meetings without charge. They are eligible to participate on the Board of Trustees but not hold an associate office and may have voting privileges at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
Pre-Med students are currently ineligible for WAOPS membership, but will be eligible once they are a medical student enrolled in an AOA approved osteopathic college. WAOPS is here to help aspiring DOs from Wisconsin, view our students page for more resources.
Honorary life membership may be granted to an osteopathic physician who has reached the age of 70 years, or who has been in practice for 40 years, whichever comes first, and has been a member of WAOPS for 25 years immediately preceding his or her 70th birthday. Membership Committee may waive this requirement on individual consideration. Upon recommendation of a board of trustee, honorary life membership may also be granted to any member who is retired due to disability. An honorary life member is entitled to all the privileges and duties of the Association except the payment of dues or assessments. Individuals requesting honorary lifetime membership status must fill out the appropriate form to be submitted and approved by the Board of Trustees. An approved certificate shall be awarded for such honorary life membership.