Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

SAAO (Student American Academy of Osteopathy)

The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) is a national organization that provides students with an interest in osteopathic manipulative treatment the opportunity to learn, develop, and practice skills in OMT. Every year, they host a convocation with workshops in multiple OMT fields, guest speakers with research presentations involving the benefits of OMT, and evenings of learning OMT techniques from nationally known osteopathic physicians.

The Seton Hill campus chapter offers review notes and practice sessions to practice OMT. The practice of these techniques is not only a chance for students to review before quizzes and exams, but allows extra hands-on practice times for students to retain these techniques for the remainder of their career.

Club activities include:
Member benefits: OMT review sessions, OPP review notes
Annual member events: National Convocation, A.T. Still’s birthday party
Community events: Health & Education Expo

President: Kayla St. Lucia
Vice President: Cindy Alms
Treasurer: Alina Zabolotico
Secretary: Jenny Ma
Review Coordinators: Alina Sardana & Sarah Lago
National Representative: Kaila Wechsler
Clinical Years Representative: Thomas Comerford
OMM Mascot: Arooj Iqbal
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Thomas

Last year we had 5 students (Hardeep Ahdi-SAAO President OMS-I, Joe Odierno-National Rep OMS-II, Nisha Patel-National Rep OMS-I, Natalie Smith OMS-I, and Betty Wong OMS-I) attend The American Association of Osteopathy Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The theme was titled, “The Balance Point: Bringing the Science and Art of Osteopathic Medicine Together.” During the student’s time they gained insight on many OMT techniques and worked alongside other osteopathic students from various Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine at breakout sessions led by Attending Physicians. Students attended physician-led lectures, including “Exploring A.T. Still’s Key Lesion Concept Through Modern Science,” and “Introduction to the Fascial Distortion Model.” These lectures provided students with ongoing research related to modern life applications, while suggesting the significance of Osteopathic Principles and Practice. Outside of the Convocation, students explored the beautiful outdoors by hiking many trails at Garden of the Gods as well as walking up 2,744 steps at the Manitou Spring Incline!