May 2015 Student Advocates Association Newsletter   
Picture on left: OSUSAA  members at the OOA Casino Night fundraiser. Picture on Right, LUCOM SAA  Newly-elected 2015-2016 Executive Board :Treasurer Kjersti Martino, President Jamie Baum, Vice President Valerie Palmbach, and Secretary Brandi Jensen.. Please send pictures of your SAA Group in Action to: (Angela Kalcec).
Please consider joining us in Orlando this year for our annual SAA workshop! Speaker Kim Blackwell LMFT will be there to talk with us about medical marriages!

The workshop is a great opportunity for all SAA's to connect on a national level, and provides a chance to learn from each other.  We hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Our 2015-2016 SAA Workshop Speaker, Kim Blackham LMFT.  She will be speaking to our SAA members on "Medical Marriages"  Check out her facebook page:


Starting Clerkship or Residency? 
Here is some moving advice!

By Nicole Hicken Anderson ATSU-Missouri
As you get ready to move, looking at all the different moving van companies and different pick up/drop off locations can yield GREAT returns. Simply by picking up a moving truck at a different location can take off hundreds of dollars. Also, some moving companies are more prevalent in one area of the country or another, so do your homework. Also, don't be afraid to start packing a bit here and there. Items you don't use regularly can be quickly packed even a month in advance, and, as a rule of thumb, if you haven't used or worn something in over a year, get rid of it. If you don't have a lot of possessions to move, it can sometimes be a lot more profitable to sell everything and repurchase when you get to your new residence. Also, a little bit of preparation in the packing process can help a whole lot in the unpacking process. Ever been unpacking and needed something and so had to dig through every box to NOT find it? If you label each box with every item, or even create an excel sheet with items, it really can speed the unpacking up. It does take more time and organization in the beginning, but in the long run, it is really great! In an excel sheet you can even "search" for items. Talk about quick! 
As 2nd years begin to transition into the clerkship/rotations of 3rd and 4th year, remember that this is their job. They may not be paid for it, but it is possibly even more important that they go above and beyond and spend the time at the office now then it will be later. Support them and remember to capitalize on the time they do have off. Ask lots of open ended questions so you can feel connected and so you can help your student to figure out what they truly love and which specialty would be the best fit for them!
The AAOA Special Projects Fund is designed to provide financial support to AAOA and its affiliates to aid in the development of projects that support Osteopathic Medicine.  Every year, groups across the country apply for monetary support of a project or projects, including individual Student Advocate Associations.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to fund one of your own local projects.

Visit the AAOA website here for the Special Projects application form and 2015-16 checklist.  Please note that the deadline this year for submitting the application is June 1, 2015.  The AAOA will provide a grant or matching funds up to $3,000.  Proposals will be reviewed and then selected based on how well they match the mission of the AAOA.

If you have further questions or comments, please feel free to contact the AAOA Office at


Remember after your time with SAA is completed, we have a group for you! 

What is the IRAA?
We are the Intern & Resident Advocate Association, a sub-group of the Advocates to the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA) with a focus on SUPPORTING and EDUCATING those who are spouses and significant others of interns and residents.

For more information, please feel free to contact us via the website ( or email (
A note from our National SAA Advisor/AAOA President Elect
Pam Kolinski

Pam Kolinski and Gary Novotny, AAOA Board Members, attended the AACOM/AODME (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine/Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators) last month in Ft. Lauderdale to share the importance of having an active Advocates group in their schools and residency programs.  In talking with many COM administrators, it has become apparent that there are still a lot of schools that don't know who/what the Advocates are or that we can offer their school a Student Advocate Association starter kit.  We held a small raffle for a new FitBit and collected a good stack of about 50 business cards of medical school and residency program administrators, and we hope to reach out to them all for future opportunities.  Any suggestions from the new COM SAA groups are welcome:
*Who you talked to
*Fundraising ideas
*Starter social functions
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us!
Special thanks to the National SAA Committee, Tiffany Sweeney (AAOA Board), Alyssa Butler (ACOM) and Pam Kolinski (AAOA Board) for their help with this newsletter! 
- Angela Kalcec AAOA National SAA Liaison
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