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Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is AΩA?

Alpha Omega Alpha is a national honor society for medical students which promotes student leadership, community service, and excellence in academics. AΩA has local chapters at most medical schools, which elect members from their student body.


How does one join?

Membership is determined by election. Qualities that are highly regarded are academic excellence, leadership, and service to the medical school and patients.  There is no nomination process; all junior and senior students who are eligible academically are considered.

There is also a nomination for Temple alumnae and non-Temple graduates to join the Epsilon chapter.  They are determined by nomination by AΩA faculty.


What kind of student can join?

To be eligible for AΩA, a student must be in the 25% of the class based on academic standing. Of the top quarter of students, up to 20% of the class can be elected to AΩA per year.


Is there any difference between criteria for election of third- versus fourth-year students?

Yes, the selection of junior members is more heavily weighted academically.


When do the elections take place?

Students are elected in the fall, a few junior students and the rest seniors.  Election criteria includes academic record and service to the community.


Will my election to AOA be included in my Dean's Letter?

Yes, the election date is set so that new members can have this honor included in their Dean's Letter.


What does AΩA do?

From the AΩA Charter: "It is the duty of members to foster the scientific and philosophical features of the medical profession, to look beyond self to the welfare of the profession and of the public, to cultivate social mindedness, as well as individualistic attitude toward responsibilities, to show respect for colleagues, especially for elders and teachers, to foster research and in all ways to ennoble the profession of medicine and advance it in public opinion. It is equally a duty to avoid that which is unworthy, including the commercial spirit and all practices injurious to the welfare of patients, the public, or the profession"




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