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Class of 2019: Nominate Classmates for Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

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Nominations are now open for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society (AOA) and will close August 8. The society was organized in 1902 and the Indiana Chapter at Indiana University School of Medicine has been in existence since 1916. Medical schools have long recognized Alpha Omega Alpha as the “Phi Beta Kappa of Medicine”.

Criteria for selection

Scholastic achievement should be the primary but not sole basis for election of a student. Leadership capabilities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, potential for achievement in medicine and a record of service to the school and community at large should be criteria in addition to the academic record. These additional attributes will be weighted in the selection process by policies established within each chapter.

Timeline and Election Process

Nominations are open and will close August 8. Students will be elected for membership at the annual fall meeting on August 15. No more than one-sixth of the senior class will be elected and all students must be in the upper 25 percent of the class.

Eligible students will be notified and invited to submit a one-page summary of their extra-curricular activities. The summary will be randomly assigned to a current member of AOA who will then act as the student representative at the annual meeting. The assessment by the representative will be used as a portion of the membership selection criteria.

As a medical student, your evaluation of members of your class is valued by the selection committee. Please email with names of individuals in your class whom you feel are deserving of AOA membership.

If you have any questions concerning AOA, please contact Carlene, AOA Coordinator at

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