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Alpha Omega Alpha
Honor Medical Society

Sidney Kimmel Medical College Chapter
Pennsylvania Alpha - Founded in 1903


Alpha Omega Alpha, or AOA, is a national medical honor society. As established by the national organization constitution, each chapter may select one-sixth of each class among academically eligible (top 25% GPA) junior and senior students. Once meeting this criteria, each candidate must prepare an application and then new members are chosen based upon academic, personal, and service criteria. The chapter may also select several housestaff, faculty, and alumni each year.

There are chapters of this national honor medical society, founded in 1902, at 125 U.S. medical Colleges and several Canadian Colleges. The Jefferson chapter, Pennsylvania Alpha, was founded in 1903, the 5th to be chartered and the 1st to be established on the East Coast. Our chapter strives to foster excellence in medicine through sponsoring 20-25 ongoing educational and service projects at Jefferson and in the community. Many of the projects may involve and most benefit all in the Jefferson community, not just those who are members of AOA. In recent years our chapter has remained among the most productive in the nation.