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Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

Mission Statement: AOA is dedicated to the belief that in the profession 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, and
  • promoting service to others. 


A selection committee composed of School of Medicine deans and faculty meets yearly to consider fourth year students based on their clerkship grades and their USMLE Step 1 score. Students will be considered if their Step 1 score is above the national average. Students who are in the top 25% of their class academically are assessed further on leadership abilities, professionalism, service, teaching and research. The AOA allows each chapter to nominate up to one-sixth of the class for membership.