Alpha Omega Alpha

The Larner College of Medicine is honored to host an Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society chapter. This honor distinguishes students from their peers. AOA is composed of fourth-year medical students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, research, professionalism, service to the school and community and clinical acumen. Distinguished faculty members are also eligible for election into AOA as honorary members. The top quartile of the class is invited to apply for membership in mid-May, the year prior to their graduation, and up to one-sixth of the entire graduating class is selected from the pool of applicants for nomination and induction using the following criteria:

  • Academic performance during medical school
  • Successful research activities as documented by formal presentations at national meetings or by publications or other scholarly work
  • Leadership in school activities and in community service
  • Professionalism and humanism

Prior to fall 2018, eligibility for AOA induction was determined based on combined number of honors in the Foundations and Clerkship levels of the curriculum once clerkship grades for rotation #7 have been recorded. Students identified as eligible were then invited to submit their latest Curriculum Vitae and an application asking for students to list engagement in leadership, service, and research along with a personal statement.

With the LCOM move to a pass-fail curriculum in the Foundations Level in 2017, the AOA selection process changed. LCOM clerkship grades are based on clinical evaluations which include six core competencies including professionalism, a final exam and a clinical skills exam. Clerkship Level honors grades determine AOA eligibility. On May 01, we pull clerkship rotation grades (ensures all first seven posted clerkship block grades are considered), the top 25% of the class, based on Clerkship Level Honors, will be invited to apply for AOA nomination and selection. The application will ask AOA applicants to reflect on one medical school experiences in each of the following: leadership, service and research, and to write about how that experience serves to meet the tenants of AOA and what personal or professional development occurred as a result of the experience.

The selection committee did not support using numerical grades, a cumulative GPA or USMLE scores to determine AOA eligibility. They deemed it in conflict with the goals and objectives of moving to a pass-fail basic sciences curriculum.

After a careful review of the applications, the LCOM AOA Selection Committee selects up to one-sixth of the class for AOA induction.

We are very proud of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2019 AOA Inductees. In addition to our student inductees, the UVM AOA Chapter induct a faculty and housestaff nominee, and present a Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award each year. Their names are also be included with the Inductees list.

Selection takes place in the spring/summer preceding the fourth year and is announced by September first of each year.

For more information, students can peruse the AOA quarterly Pharos journals from past years, on the AOA website (don't miss the 2011 issue, highlighting the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont), or review the presentation for first and second year students, which the AOA faculty counsilor presented during the fall session. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Medical Student Education or the UVM chapter's faculty councilor.

AOA Resources:

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UVM Larner College of Medicine AOA Chapter Faculty Councilor
Marie B. Sandoval, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha Award

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Tenet

“It is the duty of members to foster the scientific and philosophical features of the medical profession, to look beyond self to the welfare of the profession and of the public, to cultivate social mindedness, as well as individualistic attitude toward responsibilities, to show respect for colleagues, especially for elders and teachers, to foster research and in all ways to ennoble the profession of medicine and advance it in public opinion. It is equally a duty to avoid that which is unworthy, including the commercial spirit and all practices injurious to the welfare of patients, the public, or the profession."