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12635 E. Montview Blvd., Suite 270
Aurora, CO 80045
P: (720) 859-4149
F: (720) 859-4158
AΩA is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession of medicine and health professional education. AΩA is committed to overcoming the barriers that may impede underrepresented students and others, and working collaboratively to improve health care for all.
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care
This award 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.
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 Program Deadlines 2021
January 5, 2021: The Pharos Poetry Award
January 19, 2021: Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award
February 2, 2021: Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship
February 16, 2021: Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant
March 9, 2021: Fellow in Leadership
April 2, 2021: Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award
June 1, 2021: Postgraduate Fellowship
September 28, 2021: AΩA Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care
October 12, 2021: AΩA Professionalism Award
October 19, 2021: Robert H. Moser Essay Award
Perelman alumna receives Alumni membership
Dr. Arlene Bennett receives her certificate at Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. From left, Neha Vapiwala, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Jon B. Morris, MD Associate Dean for Student Affairs and AΩA Councilor; Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education; Dr. Bennett; and J. Larry, MD, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine.
Rahul Annabathula, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Class of 2020
Receives first check for the Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.
Rahul's research is titled: "Evaluating the Value of a Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) and Catheter-Directed Thrombolytic (CDT) Therapy for Acute Submassive and Massive PE: Clinical Outcomes and Cost".
Alpha Omega Alpha announces 2021 Fellows in Leadership
Jay M. MacGregor, MD, FACS
Deputy Chief of Staff of the VA Eastern Colorado (Denver) Healthcare System
Jay M. MacGregor, MD, FACS —(AΩA, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, 2010, Resident), is the Deputy Chief of Staff of the VA Eastern Colorado (Denver) Healthcare System. Dr. MacGregor is board certified in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery and has served in a variety of senior leadership roles within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). He completed a yearlong detail as the Acting Chief Surgical Consult where he oversaw the surgical care provided to more than 440,000 Veterans in the Midwest Healthcare Network. Dr. MacGregor is a member of the rural and ambulatory care Surgery Advisory Board where he serves as a subject matter expert for the VHA National Surgery Office. He is currently the President of the North Dakota Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. MacGregor is the first VA physician selected as an AΩA Fellow in Leadership. His mentors, who will help him as he undertakes his year-long project, Perioperative Near Misses, include Michael Kilmer, C. Lee Parmley, MD, JD, Ronald Robinson, MD, MBA, MPH (AΩA, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, 1993) and 2015 AΩA Fellow in Leadership, and Robert P. Sticca, MD.
John P. Riordan, MD, MSc
Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at the University of Virginia Health System
John P. Riordan, MD, MSc —(AΩA, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 1992), completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte N.C. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia which is where he completed a Master of Clinical Research. Dr. Riordan is currently the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at the University of Virginia Health System. His year-long project will be, Expanding integration of Entrustable Professional Activities into a restructured post-clerkship phase of the medical school curriculum at The University of Virginia, and his mentors for the project will be Robert E. O’Connor, MD, MPH, and Maryellen Gusic, MD (AΩA, Penn State College of Medicine, 2002, Faculty).
Rachel Marie E. Salas, MD, MEd, FAAN, FANA
Professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine
Rachel Marie E. Salas, MD, MEd, FAAN, FANA —(AΩA, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2020, Faculty), is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing. She is board certified in Sleep Medicine and Neurology. She is the Chair of the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee for the American Academy of Neurology and is an appointed member of the Alliance for Clinical Education. She is the director of the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice for the School of Medicine and a Co-Director for Interprofessional Teaming for the High Value Practice Academic Alliance. Dr. Salas is also the founder and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Osler Apprenticeship Program (in Neurology), a medical education research program for senior medical students. Her year-long project is, Becoming the Jedi Master: The Health Professions Educator Leadership Program, and her mentors for the project will be Jessica Bienstock, MD, MPH (AΩA, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003, Faculty), Charlene Gamaldo, MD (AΩA, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2019, Alumni), Richard Milter, PhD, and Toni Ungaretti, PhD.
The fellows will each receive $30,000 to be used to fund their respective leadership development projects. They will also receive coaching and mentorship from nationally renowned leaders in medicine to help them exemplify the qualities of leading from within, AΩA’s professional values, and the concept of servant leadership. This is the eighth cohort of AΩA Fellows in Leadership, bringing the total number of AΩA Leadership Fellows to 24. For more information on the AΩA Fellow in Leadership program, or to apply to become a Fellow, visit https://alphaomegaalpha.org/Leadership.html#gsc.tab=0.
A Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Service in the Profession of Medicine
AΩA has a strong and long-standing tradition of electing for membership excellent doctors - those who exhibit the highest levels of character, trust, trustworthiness, leadership, professionalism, scholarship, and community service. AΩA members unconditionally represent our motto of “Being Worthy To Serve The Suffering.”
Recently, AΩA was invited to write an article for Academic Medicine on its efforts to ensure that it is an accepting, inclusive, diverse and equitable organization. Attached is a link to an article written by Executive Director Richard L. Byyny, MD, FACP, and members of the AΩA Board of Directors, AΩA Chapter Councilors, and AΩA staff.
We hope that the article provides readers with an awareness of the efforts of AΩA, its Chapters, Councilors, and members to ensure that the organization is accepting of all regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation/identification.