Academics

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

AOA Class of 2020

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The University of Chicago is home to the Illinois Beta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Election to the chapter occurs at the beginning of Pritzker students’ fourth year and is guided by the regulations for election as set out in the AΩA constitution. 

All students at Pritzker School of Medicine are eligible for AΩA. The selection process starts with a holistic review of all M4 students, which is aligned with the holistic review our Admissions Committee uses when evaluating prospective students and with the mission statement of the Pritzker School of Medicine. This holistic review includes: 

  1. Academic performance during clerkship rotations 
  2. Participation and achievements in research/scholarship 
  3. Leadership, volunteerism and institutional service as reported in the Student Management System and in students' CVs 
  4. Peer assessment as determined by an anonymous, end-of-academic year survey of MS3s (the peer assessment score given to students who take time off comes from the cohort with whom they completed the MS3 year)

Up to 20% of the graduating class is selected into membership in AΩA by a committee appointed by the Dean for Medical Education. The AΩA constitution calls on the committee to consider not only academic achievement, but also achievement in research and scholarship, leadership, ethical behavior, professionalism, and service to the school and community at-large.

Read the AOA Task Force's recommendations. A summary of these recommendations was published in Academic Medicine.

Faculty/Resident & Fellow/Alumni Criteria

Once elected, ΑΩΑ Students confer ΑΩΑ membership onto selected alumni, faculty and residents. They select these members based on the following criteria:

  • Resident & Fellow Membership: elected based on continued achievement, promise and leadership qualities;
  • Alumni: eligible ten years or more following graduation and judged on the basis of their achievement to date;
  • Faculty: elected based on their demonstrated commitment to scholarly excellence and medical education;
  • ΑΩΑ Inductees also bestow the annual Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award to recognize a community physician who contributes with distinction to the education and training of clinical students.

For more information, visit the National ΑΩΑ Website.

2020-21 University of Chicago Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Inductees

Tess Allan Robert Nolan
Michael Andersen, Jr. Christianah Ogunleye
Stephanie Bi  Mikhail Pakvasa
Jeffery Bunker, PhD  Emily Papazian 
David Cook Ramya Parameswaran, PhD
Nicole Dussault, MA Anastasia Piersa
Phillip Hsu, PhD  Kellie Schueler
Ryan Judd Nichole Smith
Gena Lenti Jasmine Tzeggai
Seán Lyne Benjamin Yang

2020-21 Faculty/Resident & Fellow/Alumni Membership

Faculty, Residents, Fellows, and Alumni membership to Pritzker's Alpha Omega Alpha chapter are decided upon by the Class of 2021 AΩA student inductees.

Alumnus
John Blair, MD'03
Department of Medicine

Faculty
Kamala Cotts, MD
Department of Medicine

Sonia Oyola, MD
Department of Family Medicine

Housestaff
Dany Accilien, MD
Department of Medicine

Shirlene Obuobi, MD'18
Department of Medicine

Ben Vazquez, MD
Department of Medicine

Volunteer Clinical Faculty
Aimee Crow, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystem