At the turn of the 20th century, American medical education was in sad shape



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  • 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.”
  • In response to such conditions
  • Milton Weston Hall
  • John Eddy Haskell
  • Benjamin Thomas
  • George Herbert Howard
  • William H. Moore
  • Charles Lafayette Williams
  • and a core group of similarly-minded medical students
  • 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.
  • AΩA’s Motto
  • “Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering”
  • 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
  • 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
  • Presented yearly, these awards honor four outstanding teachers in medical education
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • For more information
  • Visit our web site
  • alphaomegaalpha.org
  • Where you can
  • Get program information
  • Find contact information
  • Read
  • The Pharos
  • Identify a member
  • Pay dues
  • Update your address
  • Contact us
  • … and much, more more!
  • General contact info
  • info@alphaomegaalpha.org 650 329-0291 phone
  • 650 329-1618 fax
  • “Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering”
  • Copyright 2013
  • Artwork courtesy Jim M’Guinness
  • 525 Middlefield Road, Suite 130
  • Menlo Park, California 94025


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