New Chapter Information

SAAO New Chapter Information

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:

  1. Establish a chapter board, consisting of at least a president, national representative and a secretary-treasurer.
  2. Appoint a chapter advisor. The advisor must be a member of the AAO.
  3. Agree to the SAAO bylaws found in the SAAO Chapter Notebook. Print the bylaws on your college’s letterhead, have them signed by two chapter officers and the chapter advisor, and send the signed bylaws to the SAAO national coordinator. These bylaws will serve as official documentation stating that the new SAAO chapter will abide by the SAAO bylaws. Chapters may establish additional bylaws pertaining to local chapter operation and specific needs, but chapter bylaws may not contradict the SAAO bylaws.
  4. Use the SAAO Chapter Notebook as your guide to recruit chapter members, organize chapter activities, meet required deadlines and develop your chapter’s annual report.
  5. At least two chapter officers should attend Convocation and present your chapter’s annual report at the Wednesday business meeting.

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 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.


Abstracts for 2017 poster presentation due Jan. 30

The Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC) and the National Undergraduate Fellows Association (NUFA) are calling for submissions to their annual Research Poster Presentation. Posters will be displayed in the exhibit hall on Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, during the 2017 Convocation at The Broadmoor.

VA Grants Full Practice Rights to APRNs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule this week that will provide certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with full practice authority within VA facilities. The rule pre-empts state scope of practice laws regulating medical care for services provided as part of an individual’s scope of employment within the VA system. The proposed rule would have allowed full independent practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists; they were removed from the final rule and their practice will remain under physician oversight.

Donate to the PAAO Raffle

The Postgraduate American Academy of Osteopathy (PAAO) needs your help! At the AAO's annual Convocation, the PAAO hosts a mixer for residents. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to network with each other and with potential employers. The raffle that is held during the mixer encourages attendance, helps break the ice and generally keeps things hopping.