Student American Academy of Osteopathy
Advisor: Clay Walsh, DO
Administrative Support: Toni Allen and Casey Powers
The student academy is a way to get all students involved in the national organization that represents osteopathic manipulative medicine. The American Academy of Osteopathy holds its national convocation in March every year. It is attended by over 600 students nationally, which rivals the number of DO’s that attend.
The TCOM SAAO also sponsors and staffs a monthly soft tissue training session for the UNTHSC faculty, staff, and students. It is advertised via student email, bulletin boards, and university postings. Faculty, staff, and students receive soft tissue treatments from first and second year students under the supervision of an OMM faculty member and resident. The soft tissue draws in 10-30 patients a month, who are treated over a two hour period the second Wednesday of every month in the OMM Lab on the fourth floor of the MET building.
SAAO officers and members volunteered for the Vestido Rojo, Cowtown Marathon, Hispanic Wellness Fair, African American Wellness Fair, UNTHSC Health Fairs, and the MS Bike 150 to perform soft tissue training sessions to athletes and community members.