Alpha Omega Alpha
Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. Its mission statement is: 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
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. The honor of AOA membership is accompanied by the responsibility to sustain the vision and goals of the society:
- Professionalism - To hold the conviction that professionalism in medicine is a worthy goal.
- Scholarship - To promote scholarship among medical professionals.
- Leadership - To set an example worth emulating.
- Service - To serve the medical profession and the community.
Nomination into the society is made from the top quartile of students academically. Each chapter may nominate to AOA membership up to one-sixth of the projected number of students that will graduate. Those students are selected not only for their high academic standing, but also 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.
The University of Maryland Chapter holds elections for “junior AOA” in February of the third year and “senior AOA” in August of the fourth year. Students in the top 25% of the class academically are eligible for consideration, and up to 1/6 of the class may ultimately be nominated. Approximately half of the allotted students in a given class will be nominated in their third year. Preliminary review and ranking of eligible students will be made by the Faculty Nominating Committee using an internally created rubric and based upon review of requested credentials along with input from AOA faculty, fellows and residents. Final review and nomination is made by current AOA students using the faculty ranking as a basis for deliberation. Current AOA students nominate faculty and resident/fellows annually and approve the alumni nominee(s) suggested by the Medical Alumni Association and the Dean’s Office. Current AOA students also select a volunteer clinical faculty member for recognition at the annual AOA Banquet.
Students under consideration will be notified by the Office of Student Affairs and asked to submit a curriculum vitae and complete a brief form outlining achievements consistent with the goals of the society.