NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Chapter

Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

Mission: The SAAO, formerly UAAO, is the student affiliate organization of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO). The purpose of the SAAO is to help students acquire a better understanding of osteopathic principles, theories, and practice. The SAAO aids students in attaining a maximum proficiency in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment, as well as, fostering a clear concept of clinical applications of osteopathy in health and disease. The SAAO also promotes 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.

National Organization:

Our Chapter: There are many benefits to joining the SAAO. The SAAO offers mock practical OMM examinations for students before their 1st and 2nd OMM examinations. This gives students the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills they learned during OMM lab in an exam setting and show students where they may need more practice before the exam takes place. The SAAO also offers the SAAO Summer Preceptorship Program for SAAO members during the summer between their 1st and 2nd years as medical students. During the program the students participate in OMM workshops that allow them to become more proficient in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment as well as introducing students to how OMM can be applied to many different specialties. Additionally, the students involved in the Summer Preceptorship program shadow physicians in the Riland Academic Health Care Center. The shadowing of physicians allows students to gain a clearer understanding of clinical applications of osteopathy in health and disease. Starting this year the SAAO will be offering SAAO Tuesday Sample Yoga sessions throughout the school year. Furthermore, the SAAO also participates in many community service events throughout the year.



Member Position Email
Jacob Gallagher President
Elizabeth George Vice President
Ayesha Mannan Secretary
Rmneek Kaur Treasurer
Event Coordinator
National Liason
Cranial Coordinator
1st Year Representative
Dr. Sheldon Yao Adviser


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SAAO 1st meeting 9/10/2014

SAAO’s first meeting took place on Wednesday September 10 from 12-1PM in the William auditorium. About 54 students attended the meeting and lunch was provided. Our organization’s adviser, Dr. Yao, gave a welcome speech and talked about the AAO convocation which is taking place March 11-15, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. After showing a brief video […]

SAAO mock practical 9/17/2014

SAAO held its first mock practical on Wednesday evening, September 17 from 5-8 PM. We had over 100 first year students sign up and attend. We held three stations for students to practice the skills they have learned and on which they will be tested next week. A huge thank you to all of our […]

SAAO 2nd Meeting

SAAO’s 2nd meeting took place at Riland auditorium from 12PM-1PM. First, information about the MSK mock practical was presented. Second, we spoke about the T-shirt’s designs and information on how to acquire one! Third, Dr. Karen Shelfin presented her patient’s cases and how she incorporated OMM into her patient care. Lastly, we announced an open 1st year representative position for those […]

SAAO 2013-2014 E-Board

The SAAO would like to welcome its new E-Board: Lisa Roloson-President Stella Onyi-Vice President Israt Gazi- Treasurer Raymond Wong-Secretary National Liaison-Sirisha Koneru 2nd Year Representative- James Ciancarelli Event Coordinator-Vivian Chan Looking forward to a great year!

SAAO 1st Meeting Minutes

On August 30, 2012, SAAO had their First General Meeting and introduced the new e-board and our adviser, Dr. Yao. Dr. Yao began with the goals and mission of SAAO and discussed his involvement with the organization and its benefits as a member.   This year, Convocation will be held in Orlando, FL from March […]

SAAO General Interest Meeting Minutes & E-board elections

We were honored to have Dawn Quaresima, a Dahn Yoga instructor, speak to us about the basics of Dahn Yoga and its philosophies on healing. She led us into doing simple exercises to release stress and tension from our neck and shoulders, which can easily tense up during stress. Furthermore, Dawn was able to engage […]

SAAO 2nd Meeting – Minutes

SAAO held our second general interest meeting on October 27, 2011. We were honored to have two of our very own Academic Scholars, Amanda Cooper and Stacey Elliot, to speak about how they used OMM in their hospital rotations. Amanda Cooper shared about her use of OMM in her ob/gyn helping a pregnant woman with edema and in her […]

SAAO 2nd Mock Practical

SAAO held it’s second Mock Practical of the year on October 19, 2011. The mock practical gave first year medical students the opportunity to have a head start in preparing for the Musculoskeletal System OMM practical. This event also provided the second year medical students a review of the musculoskeletal landmarks, special tests, and OMM techniques. With the help of […]

SAAO/ACOFP 1st OMM Mock Practical of the Year!

SAAO (co-sponsored with ACOFP) held the first OMM Mock Practical for the first year students on the evening of September 14, 2011. The purpose of this event was to provide a means for first year medical students at NYCOM to prepare for the official OMM practical exam, without running into any surprises on exam day. […]

1st SAAO Meeting – Minutes

SAAO just had our first general interest meeting of the year this past week. We had a good turn out with many first year students eager to learn more about SAAO opportunities and sign up for the OMM Mock Practical. We had our first year representative elections, and congratulations Eunice Asare for becoming a new […]

SAAO Free Weekly Yoga

Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) has recently jump started free weekly yoga sessions for all NYCOM students. These events are held on Tuesdays from 5:15pm – 6:15pm in the OMM Lab. The instructors are volunteers from Dahn Yoga and has led us through a variety of warm up exercises, deep stretching, meditation, and breathing […]

SGA Activities Fair

Make a Difference, Get Involved! The SGA Activities Fair is a great way for students to learn more about the active organizations present on the NYCOM campus.  Each organization will have its own table where students can sign up to become members or inquire about organization activities that take place throughout the year.  The Activities […]

Mental Health Counseling is Available to all NYITCOM Students

Confidential mental health and professional counseling is available to all NYITCOM students to assist them in coping with the stresses of medical school. Counseling services are available through the NYITCOM Academic Health Care Center and the NYIT Counseling and Wellness Center. A. NYITCOM’s Academic Health Care Center provides mental health counseling services. Students can schedule […]


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