Twenty-two students from the School of Medicine Class of 2012 have been elected to the UMass Medical School chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society in recognition of their academic excellence and demonstrated promise for becoming leaders in medicine. Additional criteria for election to AOA are “ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues . . . and a record of service to the school and community at large.”
The medical honor society, which was founded in 1902 at a time when medical education in this country was largely unregulated, serves to promote scholarship and research in medical schools, encourage a high standard of conduct among medical students and graduates and recognize high achievement in medical science, patient care and related fields. There are currently 120 chapters of AOA. The UMass chapter was founded by David Drachman, MD, professor of neurology and physiology, who was himself elected to the society while in medical school.
New AOA members