Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a professional
medical organization, recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship
and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha is the only medical honor
society in the world. Our values include
honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals,
dedication to serving others, and leadership. Members have a compelling drive to do well and
to advance the medical profession and exemplify the highest standards of
Our mission statement is as follows:
Alpha Omega Alpha — dedicated to the belief
that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by:
- recognizing high educational
- honoring gifted teaching
- encouraging the development of
leaders in academia and the community
- supporting the ideals of
- promoting service to others.
Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a
lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. A
lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's
dedication to the profession and art of healing.
To fulfill this role, Alpha Omega Alpha inducts
outstanding medical students and professionals to its ranks. The top 25 percent of a medical school class
is eligible for nomination to the society, and up to 16 percent may be elected
based on leadership, character, community service, and professionalism. Members may also be elected by chapters after
demonstrating scholarly achievement and professional contributions and values
during their careers in medicine. Distinguished
professionals may also be elected to honorary membership.
More than fifty Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or
Medicine, and in Chemistry, have been AΩA members. More than thirty of those were elected to AΩA
prior to winning the Nobel Prize.
Nearly seventy-five percent of deans of U.S. medical
schools are members of AΩA.
Each year, AΩA grants more than $575,000 to medical
students and faculty for awards, projects, and prizes that recognize
outstanding commitment and dedication to caring for others and providing high
quality health care.
About Our Chapter
Wake Forest Beta Chapter of North Carolina was founded in 1949. Each year we host a variety of events
including, but not limited to, AΩA day, Service day, and Initiation day. We are supported by the tireless guidance and
support of our in-coming Chapter Councilor, Dr. Michael S. Cartwright, and
out-going Chapter Councilor, Dr. K. Patrick Ober.