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Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Program Submissions Update:

Effective immediately, all program applications must be submitted through the online portal on the AΩA website. We will no longer accept applications via email or hard copy. Please see individual program announcements for specific instructions when applying.

Please feel free to contact Libby should you have any questions.:

Libby Appel (720) 859-4149, Libby@alphaomegaalpha.org

AΩA Announces First-ever Recipients of its Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is proud to announce its first-ever recipients of its Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care. The 2019 awards go to:

  • Meharry Medical College School of Medicine for its pipeline programs that feature comprehensive social and academic enrichment toward encouraging young minority students to pursue careers in the health sciences.
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine for its development of a series of innovative programs to enhance the recruitment of a diverse student body and efforts to advance their campus culture to be more inclusive.
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for its Internal Medicine Residency Program with its deliberate and thoughtful approach to improving the recruitment of students underrepresented in medicine, which has resulted in the most diverse class of interns in the programs history the past two years and more than any residency program within the school.
  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for its Indians into Medicine program that seeks out, nurtures, and supports American Indian and Alaskan Native students on their paths to becoming physicians. The program ensures that nearly 10% of the School’s medical class each year are a part of the American Indian population.
  • This award, established earlier this year, recognizes medical schools (and their associated AΩA Chapter) that demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation, and engagement in fostering an inclusive culture that transforms the ideals of inclusion, diversity, and equity into successful programs that support medical student, house staff, and faculty diversity in service to the community.

    Criteria for award selection may include a broad range of diversity and inclusiveness centered initiatives: efforts to support recruitment and retention of medical students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds; teaching and/or research that expands and embraces an understanding of inclusiveness and overcoming unconscious and conscious bias while increasing fairness and objectivity in evaluations and grading; multicultural programming or related initiatives; community outreach and pipeline activities; programs that enhance diversity and inclusion; mentoring, coaching, and/or role modeling programs related to diversity and inclusion; socialization of students, faculty, and staff to enhance collaboration and integration; established programs/activities that advance an understanding of, and astute respect for, cultural competence; and other thoughtful programs/activities that enhance diversity and equity.

    AΩA is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine and recognizes that inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds benefits patient care, population health, education, and scientific discovery. AΩA’s award recognizes programs that significantly commit and lead in developing a diverse, inclusive, equitable learning community in medicine. AΩA values a diverse, fair, and equitable work and learning environment for all. AΩA and its medical school Chapters support the medical profession in its work to achieve a welcoming, diverse, inclusive environment in teaching, learning, and caring for patients.

    To apply for the 2020 award, visit https://alphaomegaalpha.org/diversity_award.html.