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

Giving Tuesday: Nov. 28

Giving Tuesday was celebrated for the first time in 2012. We encourage you to make your Giving Tuesday plans in the spirit of thankfulness that sometimes gets buried by the holiday advertising.

AAO Loses Past President Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, FCA

AAO life member Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, of River Grove, Illinois, died Oct. 18. Dr. Kappler was the 1980-81 president of the Academy, and he was a recipient of the AAO’s Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor and the FAAO’s Distinguished Service Award.

Call for Research Proposals: Due Dec. 1

The AAO’s Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC) is seeking research applications involving health care outcomes in the practice of osteopathic medicine, with an emphasis on using osteopathic manipulative medicine or treatment (OMM/OMT) in patient care.