SAA is a group of spouses & significant others of osteopathic medical school students. The purpose of SAA is to provide a support system the spouses and significant others. SAA provides an opportunity for us to share our unique experiences of going beyond simply "surviving medical school" to actually thriving in medical school and strengthening our marriages.
Our experiences are different from typical relationships. Time alone, independence, and sole decision-making often adds stress to any marriage. Coupling these stressors with a medical student's schedule, study patterns, and educationally related travel requires outside support. SAA offers this support.
Through relationships, monthly meetings, social events, and service opportunities, membership in SAA provides an opportunity to feel sheltered and understood. What better place to find others who are in your same situation and understand so well what you are going through?! SAA also provides networking opportunities to meet osteopathic physicians at the local, state and national levels.
The opportunity is not limited to our SAA chapter here at TCOM. We participate on a state level with the Advocates for the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (ATOMA) and nationally with the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA). Every year, the members of ATOMA provide social networking opportunities for SAA through events such as the Baker Pool Party, Christmas Party, Progressive Dinner and more. At each of these events, ATOMA gives away cash scholarships to members of SAA. Beyond these networking and scholarship opportunites, the members of ATOMA provide friendship and guidance for us as we enter the world of medicine alongside our students.