AAOMPT sSIG Local Guidelines

AAOMPT Student Special Interest Groups Local (AAOMPT sSIG Local or ASL) is a student group under the AAOMPT sSIG that further explores the realm of orthopaedic manual physical therapy under the mentorship of a fellow.

Group Requirements

  1. Each group will elect a president, vice president, and secretary who are current members of AAOMPT by September 30th each year (Flexible Timeline).
  2. Each group will fill out the application and submit to AAOMPT sSIG for approval/recognition
  3. Each group will have a planned event with a mentor each semester
  4. Each group will meet formally at least 2x a semester
  5. Each group will respond to quarterly questionnaires to provide feedback for leadership
  6. Each group leadership team will write one blog post per semester on the happenings of their ASL group.

Group Structure

There are three types of meetings that groups can have: a student led meeting, mentor led meeting, and guest speaker.

  1. Student led meetings: A meeting that is run by a leader or delegated classmate to review material already provided in the curriculum. These meetings are opportunities for upperclassmen to practice teaching manual techniques, explore new literature, prescribe exercise, share experience, practice examination flow, or review case studies from clinical experience.
  2. Mentor led meeting: A meeting where the mentor leads on a topic that is further focused than what the classroom provides, or is material that was not provided in the curriculum.
  3. Guest Speaker: A meeting where a guest speaker is invited to discuss a topic within their expertise.

How often should you meet?

During your first meeting, discuss with your classmates how often and at what times you can meet. There are no requirements in terms of frequency, except having at least one mentor meeting per semester. However, it is highly recommended that you meet more frequently to maximize the benefit of the group. Ideally, you meet once a week as a student led group, with mentor meetings and guest speakers being less frequent.

What role do mentors play at each meeting?

Mentors do not have to be at each meeting. Mentors are to assist the student teachers in establishing effective and useful teaching topics. For example, a third year student may discuss 3 effective shoulder mobilization techniques to increase shoulder flexion with his/her mentor prior to teaching the topic to his/her peers. If it is a mentor led meeting, the mentor is to lead according to their expertise.

Leadership Roles


The president of the group must be a member of AAOMPT, and should be held by a second or third year DPT student. The position involves working with peers to establish a schedule for the semester, communicating with the AAOMPT Member at Large about the group, and working directly with the mentor on teaching materials. Furthermore, the president will teach and will delegate teaching materials to peers during student led meetings. Further responsibilities include writing one blog post for the AAOMPT blog per semester about the group. For example, the blog may provide a summary of an interesting topic or discussion the group had, and may provide pictures to engage the audience. Lastly, the president will respond to a quarterly questionnaire to update AAOMPT leadership on ASL group status.

Vice President:

The vice president must be a member of AAOMPT, and should be held by a first or second year student. The vice president will assist the president in communicating with mentors, teaching, generating teaching material, and writing blog posts for AAOMPT.


The secretary must be a member of AAOMPT, and should be held by a first or second year student. The primary role of the secretary is to communicate the schedule for the semester with all associated with the ASL Group. Furthermore, the secretary will be responsible for scheduling times for mentors and guest lectures to teach the group. Thus, it is the secretary’s role to use student and mentor connections to contact guest lectures.