Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. AΩA is a leading advocate for scholarly attainment and moral purpose in medicine.AΩA is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science. Our values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others, and leadership. Members have a compelling drive to do well and to advance the medical profession and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism.
Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician’s dedication to the profession and art of healing.
How members are chosen:
1) At approximately 16 months before a given class will graduate from medical school, the Councilor must arrange with the dean’s office, with the students’ permission, to receive in confidence a list of the top quartile (25%) as measured by academic performance.
2) From this top quartile of students, each chapter may elect to AΩA membership up to one-sixth (16%) of the projected number of students that will graduate. The chapter may elect up to half of that one-sixth of students in the spring of the third year, and the remainder at any time from the fall of the fourth year until graduation.
3) Those students chosen from the top quartile for election are picked not only for their high academic standing, but as well for leadership among their peers, professionalism and a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community. By adherence to these criteria it has happened that one or more of the highest ranked students by grade point average have not been elected to the society.
AOA Mission Statement:
Alpha Omega Alpha — dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we
will improve care for all by
• recognizing high educational achievement
• honoring gifted teaching
• encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community
• supporting the ideals of humanism
• promoting service to others.