Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Texas Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha

History & Constitution

History of UTMB

Established in 1891 as the University of Texas Medical Department, UTMB has grown from one building, 23 students and 13 faculty members to a modern health science center with more than 70 major buildings, more than 2,500 students and more than 1,000 faculty. The 84-acre campus includes four schools, two institutes for advanced study, a major medical library, a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care, an affiliated Shriners Burns Hospital, and numerous research facilities. UTMB is a component of the University of Texas System.

History of AOA

Chartered in 1903 by the state of Illinois, Alpha Omega Alpha's growth has paralleled the development of American medical education. Within a decade after the society was founded, chapters were established at seventeen medical schools. At present there are 124 active chapters in the United States and Canada. Today, when students and established physicians alike reject easy platitudes, the tenets of the society are more relevant than ever. As framed by Root, they are a modern interpretation of the Hippocratic oath:

"It is the duty of members to foster the scientific and philosophical features of the medical profession, to look beyond self to the welfare of the profession and of the public, to cultivate social mindedness, as well as individualistic attitude toward responsibilities, to show respect for colleagues, especially for elders and teachers, to foster research and in all ways to ennoble the profession of medicine and advance it in public opinion. It is equally a duty to avoid that which is unworthy, including the commercial spirit and all practices injurious to the welfare of patients, the public, or the profession."

Alpha Omega Alpha at UTMB- The Texas Alpha Chapter

The Texas Alpha chapter (UTMB), chartered in 1920, was the first AOA chapter in this state. Undergraduate members are elected from medical students in their last two years of medical school. AOA is organized for educational purposes, and its aims are the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools, the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and the recognition of high attainment in medical science, practice, and related fields. The number of students elected from any class may not exceed one-sixth of those expected to graduate. Election to the chapter is based on scholarship and moral character. The national organization provides opportunities for chapters to sponsor visiting professorships. AOA also provides a limited number of research fellowships and sponsors periodic student essay contests.

For more information on the AOA National Constitution, click here.

Contact: Zachary Ashmore, Texas Alpha Chapter President—zmashmore@utmb.edu