PNWU Student Elected to SAAO’s Highest National Office


After serving as the Vice Chair of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) for the past year, Paula Archer, OMS III, was recently elected as the SAAO’s Chairperson, the highest national office available in the academy.

A group of 15 PNWU osteopathic medical students, along with two PNWU OMT fellows, represented PNWU at the event, which was hosted in Dallas, Texas from March 21-25.

“It is a great honor to have been elected by my peers to the SAAO Executive Council (National) Chair Position,” said Archer. “The position allows me the opportunity to further the education of Osteopathic students by organizing such events as the student program at AAO Convocation which, to my knowledge, is the largest student osteopathic medical conference with over 650 students in attendance this last year.”

The event, which coincides with the American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation, also featured a presentation by PNWU OMT fellow Mary Kelly, who represented PNWU in the A. Hollis Wolf Case Competition, which consists of brief presentations regarding a case in which the use of OMT helped a patient.

The SAAO aims to teach, advocate and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles, practice and manipulative treatment in patient care. Archer explained that, as Chair of the SAAO, she is also a member of the AAO Board of Trustees. 

“It allows me to share the student perspective in how to accomplish the organizations' goals of promoting osteopathic medicine, research, and education,” she said.