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Alpha Omega Alpha is a national medical honor society which exists to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the field of medicine. As stated in its constitution, "Alpha Omega Alpha is organized for educational purposes exclusively and is not for profit; its aims are the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools, the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and the recognition of high attainment in medical science, practice, and related fields." In fulfilling these aims, the society elects medical students, alumni, and faculty to its ranks. AOA's goals are also reflected in its motto "worthy to serve the suffering."
AOA was founded in 1902 by William Webster Root and five other medical students at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago. In organizing the society, these individuals sought to foster honesty and develop higher ideals of scholastic achievement. Within a decade of founding, chapters were present at seventeen medical schools. The chapter at the University of Iowa (Alpha of Iowa) was established in 1920. The society has continued its steady growth and today counts 124 active chapters in the United States and Canada.
New initiates receive The Pharos, the quarterly AOA publication, along with a membership certificate.
The president is elected annually from the group of spring medical student initiates.
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