Each college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. has a chapter of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO). New chapters are founded by the inaugural class at each new college of osteopathic medicine. Each chapter must complete the following five requirements to be recognized by the SAAO and the AAO:
New chapters are officially welcomed and recognized upon submitting an annual report at the annual SAAO Board of Governors' meeting held at the AAO Convocation.
Each new chapter is required to send two officers to the SAAO's annual business meeting at the AAO Convocation to present their annual reports. This meeting is usually held on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These brief presentations allow local chapter leaders to share their events and ideas with each other to help develop curriculum and fundraising events sponsored by SAAO throughout the year.
SAAO members from all chapters are allowed and encouraged to run for positions on the SAAO Executive Council.
SAAO strongly encourages communication between chapters and the SAAO Executive Council, as well as with the SAAO liaison within the AAO staff. The preferred chain of communication is to begin with the local chapter national coordinator, who may direct further questions to the Executive Council’s national coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Executive Council’s national coordinator also can facilitate communication between individual chapters if needed.
Upon receiving notification that a new chapter’s signed bylaws have been submitted to the Executive Council national coordinator, they will create a Gmail account for the new chapter. The Gmail account can be used to communicate with the SAAO Executive Council and with other chapters, and it also can be used to access documents placed on Google Drive. The login credentials for the Gmail account should be passed down to new SAAO chapter officers by current chapter officers, such that each chapter maintains a consistent email address as years and leaders change.
In the past several years, the AAO has made efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing the amount of paper we print. This year, we’ve taken a great leap forward with the AAO’s first mobile app for Convocation!
We as the osteopathic profession stand on the brink of the greatest opportunity we have ever seen to bring true osteopathic care to the forefront of medicine in America.
Four authors have agreed to sign books and DVDs during the AAO's 2017 Convocation. Bring your copies with you or purchase copies from the AAO's store at Convocation.