Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

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.

To ensure that the selection of students to AΩA is fair and inclusive, a committee, appointed by the Dean for Medical Education, uses a holistic review process to identify the top quartile of the class, who are considered AΩA -eligible. From the eligible group, 1/6 of the class is then selected for membership in AΩA. The AΩA constitution calls on the committee to consider not only scholastic achievement but also capacity for leadership, professionalism, a strong sense of ethics, and a commitment to service in the school and community, along with outstanding achievement in research. The selection of AΩA eligible students is  based on three criteria:

  1. Clerkship performance, as determined by clerkship grades;
  2. Peer assessment, as determined by an end-of-academic-year survey in which MS3 students are asked anonymously to nominate their peers with whom they have worked hard during clinical rotations who have excelled in mastery of the subject material, leadership capabilities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, demonstrated professionalism, and potential for achievement in medicine;
  3. Research, volunteerism, and institutional activities.

The process by which students are selected for AΩA is reviewed at least every other year to track progress towards achieving fair and unbiased selection.

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 clincal students.

For more information, visit the National ΑΩΑ Website.

2017-18 University of Chicago Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Inductees

Miguel Barajas Erin Mowers, PhD
Brandon Berger Julia Nath
Sonja Boatman Joshua Piche
Annabel Boeke Ellie Proussaloglou
Diana Bouhassira Claire Smith, MFA
Ava Ferguson, MA Jacob Tallman
Brooke Gabster Jeremy Treger, PhD
Curt Ginder Kathleen Wiest
Lukas Matern  

2017-18 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 2018 AΩA student inductees.

Irene Aguilar, MD'85
Gaurav Upadhyay, MD'06

Mark Roome, MD
Audrey Tanksley, MD

Benjamin Ferguson, MD'13, PhD'11
Kristina Guyton, MD'12
Caroline Kuhn, MD'16

Volunteer Clinical Faculty
Kim Grahl, MD