About Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

History of SAAO

The American Academy of Osteopathy was founded in 1937, and then in 1949, Drs. George W. and Thomas L. Northup met with Dr. Angus Cathie and initiated the first student AAO group. In order to accord increased recognition to the groups of inquiring students, the bylaws of the AAO were amended at the annual meeting in Chicago, July 1959, to provide status for the Undergraduate Academies as Component Societies of the Academy of Applied Osteopathy (now the American Academy of Osteopathy).

In 1982, the forerunners of the current SAAO council wanted to provide a vehicle for communication among the colleges and the AAO. They also felt it would be more beneficial to unite the student component societies under one cohesive voice. Today, there is an active SAAO membership of over 5,000 members under the guidance of the Academy.

We wish to thank the local chapter advisors and the American Academy of Osteopathy for their ongoing support and dedication. Without their guidance and direction, this organization would not be as successful as it is today. Many former SAAO members have gone on to leadership roles in the Academy.

Mission

The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO), formerly UAAO, has been organized by students of the accredited U.S. osteopathic medical colleges under the auspices and guidance of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) for the purposes of helping osteopathic medical students:

  1. to acquire a better understanding of osteopathic principles, theories and practice to include:
  • helping students attain a maximum proficiency in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment;
  • fostering a clear concept of clinical application of osteopathy in health and disease; and

2. to improve public awareness of osteopathic medicine so that the community may better take advantage of the benefits provided by the complete health care concept of osteopathic medicine.

Any student of an American Osteopathic Association-accredited osteopathic medical school, or an osteopathic medical school pending AOA accreditation, may become a member of the SAAO through their local campus organization. Talk to one of your local chapter officers, listed in the Chapter Notebook, to learn more.

Osteopathic Outreach

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) developed an outreach program with the purpose of educating prospective osteopathic medical students and the public as to our unique osteopathic heritage.

Our generation is in a unique position to define and communicate our professional identity to the world, one conversation at a time. The Osteopathic Outreach Program encourages first- and second-year students to present osteopathic philosophy and principles (OPP) to local audiences. Students have the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills while learning one way to answer that often heard question: "What is a D.O.?"

Chapters are encouraged to give an OPP presentation and provide a demonstration for interested groups. Audiences may include pre-med clubs at area colleges, health clubs or wellness centers.

News

AAO Recognized for Contributions to Profession

On Saturday, July 21, the AAO was one of four recipients of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2019 STARs (Strategic Team Award and Recognition) for its dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine. The STARs recognize contributions made by state, specialty and regional affiliates, colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and nonpractice affiliates that have advanced the osteopathic profession. The award honors programs and activities that align with the initiatives in the AOA’s strategic plan.

Jacob J. Cukierski, DO, Named 2018 Resident of the Year

Jacob J. Cukierski, DO, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was named the 2018 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 22 during the AAO’s annual meeting during its Convocation in Dallas.

Sidney N. Dunn Receives AAO's Academy Award

Sidney N. Dunn of Carmel, Indiana, is the 2018 recipient of the highest award that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) bestows on a nonphysician.