"Be worthy to Serve the Suffering" Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Key Background

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National Office
12635 E. Montview Blvd., Suite 270
Aurora, CO 80045
P: (720) 859-4149
F: (720) 859-4158
E: info@alphaomegaalpha.org

How Members Are Chosen

Membership in AΩA may be attained as a medical student, resident, fellow, faculty member, alumni, clinician, or distinguished leader in medicine. The criteria for nomination includes, but is not limited to, scholastic achievement, demonstrated professionalism, leadership capabilities, adherence to ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, achievement in medicine and/or research, and a record of service to school and community. Physicians or scientists who have attained distinction in any endeavor related to medicine, and who are not eligible for election by other means, may be elected as honorary members. AΩA advocates for diversity in all its forms when identifying candidates for nomination – identity, cultural, geographic, experiential, race, ethnicity, gender, age, economic and social status, physical abilities, aptitude, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other ideologies.

For medical students, the Dean of the School of Medicine or his/her designee identifies a pool of candidates who approximate in number the upper quartile of the class expected to graduate, and who have excelled in the criteria for nomination to AΩA membership—scholastic achievement, professionalism, leadership, community service, and research. Scholastic achievement refers to the qualities of becoming, and being, an excellent doctor—knowledge, skills, trustworthiness, demeanor, care of the patient, proficiency of the doctor-patient relationship, promise of future leadership, decision-making, compassion, empathy, altruism, values of the profession, teamwork, life-long learning, and servant leadership. Each of AΩA’s 132 Chapters in medical schools across the country, in Puerto Rico, and Lebanon develop the metrics and rubric to weight the criteria as best fits its medical school, keeping in mind the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) approved curriculum and evaluation, and then select 16 percent of its graduating class, 25 residents/fellows, three to five faculty, and three to five alumni as new members of AΩA.

All members of each medical school’s Chapter are eligible to vote for nominees at a meeting of members convened for that purpose. Selection as a nominee shall require a majority vote of those in attendance. Once nominated, election to membership in AΩA occurs when the nominee registers with the AΩA National Office and submits their first annual dues payment.

Updated on March 4, 2019.