SAAO Executive Council

SAAO Leadership Team

Officers are elected each year at the SAAO annual business meeting at Convocation. If you are interested in serving as a representative, please contact your chapter officer.

  • The chair of the SAAO Executive Committee serves as a voting member on the AAO Board of Trustees and coordinates the SAAO program for Convocation.
  • The vice chair coordinates the annual A. Hollis Wolf Case Presentation Competition, designs the Convocation T-shirt and plans the student mixer that takes place at Convocation.
  • The secretary-treasurer coordinates communication via Live Still Point and social media.
  • The national coordinator is the first point of contact for local chapters and manages the VIP points that each chapter earns.
  • The NUFA liaison is the first point of contact for NUFA representatives from each chapter.

General questions, comments, concerns or exciting ideas can be directed to the national coordinator.

In addition to the positions listed below, SAAO representatives serve on AAO committees.

SAAO Executive Committee

PositionNameSAAO Email
ChairSierra Autumn Grasso, OMS IV
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Athens
saaochair@gmail.com
Vice-ChairBrian Eugene Scharfenberg, OMS IV
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Athens
saaovchair@gmail.com
Secretary-TreasurerMichael David Smith, OMS III
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
saaosect@gmail.com
National CoordinatorAmber M. Brown, OMS III
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa
saaonatcoord@gmail.com
NUFA LiaisonDavid Mann, OMS III
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan
nufaliaison@gmail.com

 

News

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.