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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. 

SAAO National Membership Benefits


Membership in the SAAO costs $50 for a 4-year membership, and it expires upon graduation. If you have any questions regarding membership or membership renewal, email [email protected], or call us or at (317) 879-1881.

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SAAO Still Points
SAAO Monthly Journal Club
SAAO Chapter Notebook 2023-24
Follow the SAAO on Facebook
A. Hollis Wolf Information (PPT download)
LBORC Poster Presentation (PPT download)

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Mentorship Program

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SAAO's Executive Council

Events at Convocation 2024


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.

Core Competency Capstone for DOs (C3DO)

The NBOME has been working with various COMs to develop the C3DO. Learn more about this new initiative: