Alpha Omega Alpha at GHSU
Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) is the world's most recognized national medical honor society. Founded in 1902, its purpose is to recognize and foster excellence in the profession of medicine. Founded in 1926, the Alpha Georgia chapter of AΩA is the oldest in the state. Each year, students from the 3rd and 4th year medical school classes are nominated for membership. Students must be in the top academic quartile of their class to be eligible for election. The total number of students elected may not exceed one sixth of the graduating class. Only seventeen students may be elected as juniors in the spring. In the fall, 16 senior students can be elected. Scholastic excellence is not the only criterion for election. Integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with one’s colleagues are also considered. Along with student inductions, two residents, one faculty, and one alumnus are inducted each spring with one more of each inducted in the fall. Each spring the AΩA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award is given to a community physician demonstrating outstanding teaching as recognized by students during their 3rd year clerkships.
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