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The Student AOAO group began in 2006 and stems from the vision of a student run organization under the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO, Academy). The field of orthopedics is a specialty that is growing in importance and popularity. The founders of the student AOAO believe that students interested in the specialty of orthopedic surgery can contribute to growth and success of AOAO. The Academy itself was formed in 1941, receiving its official recognition by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in 1950. This idea is not novel. For example, in 1989 students banded together to initiate a surgical society known as SOSA. That club grew substantially and today students in osteopathic schools across the country pool their knowledge to hold conferences, gain experience in and obtain a residency in the demanding field of surgery. Our goal is to enable every osteopathic school to join this mission.

The AOAO offers student memberships to established local chapters of orthopedic clubs at each nationally accredited osteopathic school. For more information on how to become a member or establish an orthopedic club/interest group at your school please contact the SAOAO National President at [email protected].


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