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Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award

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2019 2018

2020 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award Recipients

American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine is being recognized for its Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP), which is the first targeted initiative in the Arab world that seeks to educate, research, and champion issues related to medical professionalism, medical education, bedside clinical ethics, medical humanism, biomedical ethics, and bioethics. SHBPP is an interdisciplinary resource for faculty, students, health care providers and policy makers who are involved in bioethics education, research, and consultation in Lebanon and the region.

Baylor College of Medicine s being recognized for its Center for Professionalism in Medicine, which was created and charged with elevating and supporting professionalism throughout, and developing a predictable, consistent, and fair approach to address lapses in professionalism. The philosophy of the center is that professionalism is one of the most compelling attributes in health care, and efforts to instill professionalism throughout the community facilitate the establishment of trust and respect which are at the core of all therapeutic relationships.

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Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) is seeking nominations for ongoing programs in medical schools or other institutions that represent best practices in the teaching and learning of medical professionalism. Individuals or teams may apply. Programs should:

  • Include students, residents, faculty, and other health care team members;
  • Show evidence of effectiveness;
  • Show evidence of sustainability; and
  • Be exportable to other medical institutions.

The Award

A one-time award of $10,000 to recognize and honor faculty, programs, and institutions with the best practices in medical professionalism education. One award is presented each year.


Programs at medical schools, or institutions affiliated with medical schools, that have a professionalism program that has produced proven outcomes are eligible. Medical schools that have received the Professionalism Award are not eligible to submit another nomination for three subsequent years. All AΩA members included in the nomination packet must have active status in AΩA.


  • Leaders of the programs will be asked to attend a medical professionalism conference sponsored by AΩA to present their programs. Expenses will be paid by AΩA.
  • Attendees of the conference will be requested to submit a Chapter for possible inclusion in a monograph to be published by AΩA.

    Submission Requirements The application must include:
    1. The completed checklist (see next page);
    2. A description of the program, including:
    3. • Purpose and background
      • Categories of participants
      • Length
      • Syllabus
      • Data to substantiate the program
      • Implementation details
      • Effectiveness measures
      • Sustainability measures
      • Exportability measures
    4. Biosketch(es) of the program leader(s).
    5. A letter of nomination from the Dean of the medical school (maximum two pages), commenting on the program’s effectiveness, and describing how it enhances professionalism among medical personnel.
    6. All materials must be submitted as a single PDF in the format listed on the checklist. All materials must be submitted on the AΩA website at http://alphaomegaalpha.org/professionalism_award.html. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
    7. Only one nomination per school may be submitted.

    Nominations must be submitted on the AΩA website using the program submission link below by October 2, 2020

    Online Submission
    Submit Application

    Awardees will be notified on December 7, 2020.

    Questions may be directed to
    Libby Appel (720) 859-4149, professionalismaward@alphaomegaalpha.org or 720-859-4149.

    Beginning August 1, 2019 all AΩA awards, fellowships, grants, and program submissions must be electronically submitted through the appropriate page on the AΩA website.

Updated on December 11, 2020.