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AΩA installs its 130th active chapter
On July 29, 2016, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) Board of Directors approved a new chapter of the society: Beta Connecticut chapter at University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UConn). The faculty councilor for the chapter is Kevin Dieckhaus, MD and the Secretary-Treasurer is Hanspaul Makkar, MD
UConn joins AΩA as a well-established, highly selective medical school that graduated its first class in 1972.
UConn Medical School is part of the UConn Health and is known for its biomedical focus. Medical students have a variety of dual degree programs they can complete. The school also admits outstanding high school seniors to complete an eight-year program to receiving their medical degrees.
In August 2016, UConn will transition to a new curriculum, M-DELTA (Making a Difference in Education, Learning and Teaching Across the Curriculum), which will take advantage of new technology and address evolving student needs. There will be more team-based learning, less lecture-based learning, and an overarching focus on individualized education. Over a four-year period the students will fulfill competencies aligned with the LCME competencies, Standard 6, and the ACGME competencies, including patient-care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
“We are honored at UConn School of Medicine to be selected as the Beta Chapter of the historic Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society,” said Dr. Bruce T. Liang, Dean UConn School of Medicine. “We look forward to our medical students becoming active members of such a prestigious society with a long legacy of promoting excellence and scholarship in our profession of medicine.”
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA)
Since its founding in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has recognized and advocated for excellence in scholarship, demonstrated professionalism, and the growth of physician leadership in the profession of medicine. Through 130 active chapters in the United States and Lebanon, more than 3,600 new members are inducted into the society each year. More than 55 Nobel Prize winners are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as 11 of the 19 United States Surgeons General, including Dr. Vivek Murthy. Nearly 75% of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Alpha Omega Alpha annually grants more than $1.5 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.
Updated on August 23, 2016.
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