At the turn of the 20th century, American medical education was in sad shape. One contemporary observer wrote:
“Honesty was conspicuously absent.” “Articles of any value would be sure to remain where placed in the medical building only by nailing them securely.” “Behavior in the halls and classrooms was rough and boorish.” “Heads of departments at the school were selected by who could buy a substantial block of stock.”
Alpha Omega Alpha was founded in 1902 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago In response to such conditions
Milton Weston Hall Wenzel Matthias Wochos John Eddy Haskell Benjamin Thomas George Herbert Howard Ernest Sisson Moore William H. Moore Charles Lafayette Williams and a core group of similarly-minded medical students by William Webster Root
To 120 chapters and 2 associations today Alpha Omega Alpha grew From two chapters in 1902
Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to the society’s goals of scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service.
Membership in the society confers recognition for a physician’s dedication to the profession and art of healing.
Alpha Omega Alpha—Dedicated to the belief that in the practice of medicine we will improve care for all by recognizing high educational achievement honoring gifted teaching encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community supporting the ideals of humanism promoting service to others AΩA’s Mission Statement
Today, Alpha Omega Alpha has more than 40,000 active members and supports programs in medical student education such as...
encourages teaching faculty to create appropriate learning environments for professionalism, or projects to ingrain professionalism in medical students and resident physicians The Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award Credit: Phanie/Photo Researchers, Inc.
Presented yearly, these awards honor four outstanding teachers in medical education The AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards Credit: Mauro Fermariello/Photo Researchers, Inc.
Each chapter has a yearly opportunity to host a visiting professor for a day of activities Visiting Professorships Credit: Geoff Tompkinson/Photo Researchers, Inc.
This annual award recognizes the indispensable services clinical faculty in community practices give to medical education and their communities The Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award Credit: David Grossman/Photo Researchers, Inc.
Credit: Mauro Fermariello/Photo Researchers, Inc. Student Research Fellowships provide support for up to 50 students each year to engage in basic or clinical research The Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships
AΩA developed this award to support leadership development for medical students through mentoring, observation, and service learning. Medical Student Service Leadership Project Awards
These competitions award prizes for essays and poetry on medical subjects. Winning poems and essays are published in The Pharos. The Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards & The Pharos Poetry Competition
The Pharos The quarterly journal of Alpha Omega Alpha publishes nontechnical medical essays, poetry, news, reviews, and editorials