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Alpha Omega Alpha

Founded in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is a medical honor society dedicated to the belief that we can 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. Election to Alpha Omega Alpha signifies a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. Membership in the society confers recognition of someone’s dedication to the profession and art of healing. NEOMED’s Zeta chapter of AOA was founded in 1982 and is proud to induct new medical students, residents, alumni, and faculty into the chapter each year.

Eligibility for Student Nomination

For medical students, those with scholastic qualifications that place them in the upper 25% of the class are eligible for AOA nomination. Of these nominated students, one-sixth of the total number of the class expected to graduate may be selected for membership. Scholastic achievement is the primary but not the sole basis for nomination. Other considerations include a candidate’s track record of leadership, ethical standards, professionalism, service, and potential for achievement in medicine. Any candidate with a record of professionalism offense may be removed from consideration for AOA by the selection committee and/or the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Selection Process

Medical students who choose to apply for AOA are reviewed by a committee of faculty and students. The faculty committee members who have previously been elected to AOA. The students on the committee are the AOA President, Vice President and Secretary. In order to ensure consistency and equity, applications are blinded and a team of one faculty member and one student is assigned to each of the 3 sections of the application (research, leadership and service). The team then reviews and scores their assigned section for all candidates using a standardized rubric. Scores for each section are combined with the academic score and presented to the selection committee for voting.

Resident, Faculty, and Alumni Nominations

Each AOA chapter may elect Residents/Fellows, Faculty, and Alumni who have never previously been elected to AOA. Nationally, AOA bases Resident/Fellow, Faculty, and Alumni elections on medical school class size. A medical school of NEOMED’s size can select a maximum of 3 resident members, 3 faculty members, and 3 alumni members. Residents, alumni, and faculty are nominated for membership by current AOA members. Nominated parties are evaluated for continued academic and professional achievement, leadership, professionalism, service, teaching, and research based on their CV and an optional letter of endorsement. Elections for Residents, Faculty, and Alumni take place once a year, in late-January, and follow the same election format as for medical student nominees.


  • Late-July: Invitation to Senior-year candidates
  • Late-August: Senior-year selection meeting
  • Early-September: AOA designation added to MSPE
  • Early-December: Invitation to Junior-year candidates, Residents, Faculty and Alumni
  • Late-January: Junior-year, Resident, Faculty and Alumni selection meeting
  • Early-March: AOA Induction Banquet

Statement on Diversity in AOA

The NEOMED Zeta chapter of AOA is committed to recognizing the work and achievements of our diverse student body. We have worked diligently to continually make the election process more objective and to recognize and remove potential opportunities for bias. Per the national AOA website, “AΩA advocates for diversity in all its forms when identifying candidates for nomination – identity, cultural, geographic, experiential, race, ethnicity, gender, age, economic and social status, physical abilities, aptitude, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other ideologies.”

2020-2021 Officers & Faculty Advisors


Current AOA Student Members

Class of 2020 Junior-Year Inductees

Erin Burrier
Jared Cheatham
Audrey Crawford
April Enger
Angelo Guastella
Shane Kaplan
Chae Kim
AuBree LaForce
Trey Moberly
Nathan Nahhas
Ankur Parikh
Allyson Zabell


Anita Pokorny, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 330.325.6760