Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

AΩA Programs

All AΩA programs are available to all students or faculty at schools with active AΩA chapters. Applicants need not be AΩA members. Program announcements are updated in August.


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Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award

The award emphasizes AΩA’s commitment to its belief that professionalism is a crucial facet of being a physician, a quality that can be both taught and learned. Originally named the AΩA Professionalism Fellowship, the award has been renamed to honor Edward D. Harris, the longtime executive director of the society, who died in May 2010. Applications are open to medical schools with active AΩA chapters. Faculty who have demonstrated personal dedication to teaching and research in specific aspects of professionalism that could be transferred directly to medical students or resident physicians are encouraged to apply for these funds.

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Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards

Each year, in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges, AΩA presents this award to four outstanding teachers nominated from medical schools in the United States and Canada. Past recipients of the award have developed medical education programs and materials widely adopted in medical school curricula. AΩA presents $10,000 to each award winner, $2,500 to the winner's teaching institution, and $1,000 to the AΩA chapter of the school.

This program is administered by the AAMC. For more information, visit AAMC's web site or contact Dr. Henry Sondheimer.

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Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award

Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to preparing future leaders in medicine and health care. This program aims to support leadership development for medical students through mentoring, observation, and service learning. Each chapter may submit one proposal for a project funded for three years at $5000 for the first year, $3000 for the second, and $1000 for the third.

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Visiting Professorships

Visiting professors can both educate and stimulate students, residents, and faculty during their visits. AΩA provides the opportunity for each chapter to host one visiting professor per year for a day of activities, including grand rounds, meetings with small groups of students, and delivery of a lecture.

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The Volunteer Clinical Faculty Awards

Clinical faculty in community practices devote much time and effort to teaching students and residents, yet their devotion is rarely publicly recognized. This award may be presented annually to one doctor in each AΩA chapter in recognition of his or her indispensable services.

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Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships

To promote basic and clinical research in medical fields, social science, or health services, AΩA awards up to 50 $5,000 fellowships each year to medical students at schools with active AΩA chapters.

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Postgraduate Award

The program provides support to allow residents or fellows to pursue a project in the spirit of the AΩA mission statement. Projects must fall into one of five categories:

  • Research
  • Service
  • Teaching and education
  • Leadership
  • Humanism and professionalism

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Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards

To encourage scholarly writing, this awards offers prizes for essays on nontechnical medical topics. Winning essays are published in The Pharos.

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Administrative Recognition Award

In recognition of the services provided by administrative personnel to the working of local chapters, chapter councilors may nominate a member of administrative staff for this award, which is in the form of a gift certificate.

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Leaders in American Medicine

In 1970 the society launched a program to record on videotape interviews with leading figures in American medicine. Some videos are now available as streaming videos. The recordings may be obtained without charge from our library. They have been donated to the National Library of Medicine, and may be purchased by contacting the NLM.

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