The SAA was founded in 2009 after NAFDA (National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology) approached the AAA for support. Various professional healthcare organizations have affiliated student institutions, such as the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) as well as the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Veterinary Association (AVA). All have student sections that work together with the parent organization to achieve common goals. In October 2008, Dr. Brian Vesely, the former NAFDA President, and Dr. Patrick Feeney, the former AAA President, signed an agreement that merged NAFDA into the AAA’s student organization, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). The ultimate goal of the merger was to maintain an independent student voice, while maximizing the opportunities that come with joining the AAA.
Students Are Our Future! By President Alison Grimes
At the January Board of Directors meeting, the board unanimously affirmed its commitment to the student members of our Academy by pledging to create a new student academy within the American Academy of Audiology. This is an exciting development, a long time in coming, and recognizes that from our current students come the future leadership.
The Academy’s New Student Organization Why, and Why Now?
By President Alison Grimes
“I firmly believe that the Academy is on the right track.” So begins a letter that I received last week from a student member of our organization. The excitement, enthusiasm, and interest in being part of the formation of the organization is gratifying and wonderful.
The Historic Merger of NAFDA with the SAA (PDF)
The National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA) agreed to merge with the Academy's newly formed Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) in this letter from President M. Patrick Feeney and NAFDA President, Brian Vesely.