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AOA students

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Tenent

“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."

Alpha Omega Alpha

The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is composed of fourth-year medical students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, research, professionalism, service to the school and community and clinical acumen. Distinguished faculty members are also eligible for election into AOA as Honorary Members. Students are elected from the top quartile of the class using the following criteria:

  • Academic performance during the first three years of the medical curriculum and USMLE Step I score
  • Successful research activities as documented by formal presentations at national meetings or by publications or other scholarly work
  • Leadership in school activities and in community service
  • Professionalism and humanism

Twenty five percent of the graduating class is eligible for membership, and up to 1/6 of the entire graduating class is selected for AOA nomination. We are very proud of the Class of 2015 and Class of 2014 AOA Inductees. In addition to our student inductees, the UVM AOA Chapter induct a faculty and housestaff nominee, and present a Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award each year. Their names are also be included with the Inductees list.

Selection takes place in the spring/summer preceding the fourth year and is announced by September first of each year.

Former UVM College of Medicine AOA chapter councilor is Dr. Jeffrey Klein created a presentation for first and second year students. Moreover, interested individuals can peruse the AOA quarterly Pharos journals from past years on the AOA website. Don't miss the 2011 issue, highlighting University of Vermont College of Medicine!

For additional information, contact Dr. Gil Allen or the Office of Medical Student Education.

View a list of all past AOA Honorees >>

Last modified November 13 2014 08:25 AM