Changes Proposed to Osteopathic Oath

During the 2016 AOA House of Delegates, Resolution H-331 A/16, Common Osteopathic Oath, was approved.  The Resolution called for the appointment of a Task Force to review the osteopathic oath.  AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, nominated and the AOA Board of Trustees approved a Task Force in the Fall of 2016. The Task Force members were:  Clinton E. Adams, DO, MPA, Chair, COM President, James Froelich, DO, Texas Delegate, Virginia Johnson, DO, California Delegate, John Kauffman, DO, North Carolina Delegate, Anita Showalter, DO, Washington Delegate, Fritz Stine, OMS IV, Board of Trustees Advisor.  After reviewing policies and ethical guidelines; the results of a recent survey by AACOM regarding the usage of the the Osteopathic Oath among colleges of osteopathic medicine along with the death with dignity laws in five states, the Task Force voted to make the following change in the Osteopathic Oath.  The change has not yet been assigned a resolution number.

I will be ever vigilant in aiding in the general welfare of the community, sustaining its laws and institutions, not engaging in those practices which will in any way bring shame or discredit upon myself or my profession. I will give no drugs for deadly ILLEGAL purposes to any person, though it be asked of me.

This language change was discussed during the April 28th NCOMA Board of Directors meeting.  The NCOMA Board does not support this proposed change.