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2019 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award

Recognizing best practices in medical professionalism education, the 2019 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award has been awarded to Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University for their Professional Identity Formation curriculum.

Professional socialization and the development of reflective capacity are critical elements that shape a medical student’s professional identity with a goal to develop physicians who can bring their “whole person to provide whole person care.” The professional identity of an excellent doctor embraces empathy, mindful attention to patient care, integrity, self-awareness, teamwork, beneficence, respect, and equal regard for all, as well as an eagerness to learn, resilience, and attention to self-care. Personal Identity Formation is a lifelong endeavor achieved through critical reflection and exposures to role models who “pass the torch” from generation to generation.

The central aim of Renaissance School of Medicine’s Personal Identity Formation curriculum is to integrate evidence-based approaches to enhance personal identity formation among trainees and faculty across the medical education continuum. In a time of increasing burnout among physicians and trainees, purposeful integration of such approaches into an institution’s learning processes helps to enhance resilience and a sense of belonging and well-being within a community of practice.

To learn more about Renaissance School of Medicine’s Personal Identity Formation curriculum visit https://renaissance.stonybrookmedicine.edu/pif

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 132 Chapters in medical schools across the United States and in Lebanon, more than 4,000 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. Nearly 75 percent of Deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Alpha Omega Alpha annually grants $2 million in programs, fellowships, grants, and awards to medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.

Updated on January 6, 2020.