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Chapter Events and Ceremonies {Spring 2014}

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Last updated: 6/24/2014

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University of Alabama School of Medicine

On March 20, 2014, the evening before Match Day, medical students, resident physicians, attending physicians, and a multitude of friends and family gathered at Vestavia Hills Country Club Ballroom to celebrate the induction of the newest members of the Alabama Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. The Annual Induction Banquet began with a dinner in honor of the inductees and their loved ones. Following the meal, those in attendance had the distinct pleasure of enjoying an engaging talk on ethics in medicine, entitled "Ensuring Ethical Behavior in Organizations" by Dr. Tom Harbin, the evening's esteemed guest speaker. Dr. Harbin is an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University, and author of 3 books, including The Business Side of Medicine. Afterwards, the new inductees were announced to the warm applause of colleagues, mentors, and family members. The night concluded with photographs to commemorate the event.
The evening was a memorable event by which to welcome bright minds into this distinguished society, as well as a splendid way to thank existing members for their many accomplishments. Finally, the ceremony served to honor friends and family, whose love and support undoubtedly helped lift members, new and old, to such commendable heights.

Newly inducted Junior member Brittany Nelson and her brother
and current chapter president, Thomas Nelson.

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Loma Linda University

Thirty members of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine class of 2014 were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha, along with two faculty members and two house staff physicians on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The initiation ceremony took place during the annual AΩA banquet, which was held in the Chen Fong Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Centennial Complex.

In his welcome, Jared Schober, AΩA student president of the chapter, elicited laughter when describing his fellow initiates as “super nerds.” He added that, “for better or worse, we are people who hold ourselves to a higher standard than most.”

After the meal, Danny Wongworawat, MD, AΩA councilor of the Epsilon chapter, introduced each initiate from the class of 2014 by sharing their selected medical specialties and avocational interests.

“Our Epsilon chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to electing students, residents, and attending physicians who dedicate their professional lives to scholarship, leadership, and service in medicine and community,” Wongworawat noted. “Students chosen to be inducted receive this lifelong honor and are charged with continuing this dedication to the art and profession of medicine.”

In his introduction to the two faculty initiates, H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean, observed that the two things the inductees—J. Paul Jacobson, MD, and Paul Herrmann, MD—share in common are their names and the fact that both are known for top-flight professional expertise and excellent mentoring skills.

In introducing the two house staff inductees—Peter Bouz, MD, and Paggie Kim, MD—Hadley pointed out that both have done excellent work in patient care.

When it came time to introduce the guest speaker, Hadley noted that Linda Brubaker, MD, dean, chief diversity officer, and professor of urology at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, “is to reconstructive gynecology what Henry Ford was to automobile design.”

In calling Brubaker “the matriarch of the specialty,” Hadley pointed out that he shares with her the fact that they are both urologists who serve as deans of faith-based medical schools. When Brubaker responded affirmatively after Hadley asked if she is also a vegetarian, he noted, “Now that’s a lot in common!”

After thanking Hadley and the school for inviting her to speak, Brubaker discussed the importance of the spiritual values of humility, compassion, and kindness in the life of a physician.

“As you expand your knowledge of who you are,” Brubaker began, “you can create and enlarge an arc in which patients can intersect with you. That arc can and should include spirituality—both your own and the patient’s. This connection need not follow a codified religious path—and may, in fact, occur in the absence of religious faith of any kind. As a protestant dean of a Jesuit, Catholic medical school, I work to teach our students these skills throughout our curriculum. In our medical school atrium, Matthew 25:36 stands out: ‘I was ill and you cared for me.’ Regardless of your faith traditions, that verse stands at the core of our profession—‘you cared for me.’ Spiritual care is central to caring for another person.”
Written by James Ponder

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University of California, Davis

This wasn’t our induction ceremony, but it was a lot of fun!

On February 21, 2014, a fundraising event was held for the UC Davis AΩA chapter. The theme of the event was education and the appreciation of beer and ale. The featured speaker was Professor Charles Bamforth, chair of Malting and Brewing studies at UC Davis. Graduate students in the program discussed tasting and brewing techniques. Seven local breweries offered tastings.

Our 140 attendees included school of medicine faculty, students, residents and staff as well as students from the schools of nursing, business and veterinary medicine. We raised $3,000 which will be used for seed grants to medical, veterinary and nursing students for innovative community health projects.

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District of Columbia

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine students, faculty, and alumni gathered together on March 20, 2014 to celebrate the 35 new initiates to the Alpha Omega Alpha Georgetown family. Welcomed by Faculty Councilor Dr. Michael Adams, 27 members of the Class of 2014, four members of the Class of 2015, two faculty members, and two alumni were recognized for their deep commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service.

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The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The 2014 Induction Banquet of GWU Alpha Chapter was held on May 15th 2014. The 2014 Class of AΩA honorees included 34 members of the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) M.D. Program Class of 2014, as well as four residents, and two full-time SMHS faculty members, a voluntary clinical faculty member, and an SMHS alumnus. The evening was moderated by Alan Wasserman, M.D., Eugene Meyer Professor of Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine at SMHS, and councilor of the GW Alpha Chapter of AΩA, who also formally conferred membership on this year’s class of physicians. The event was organized by Angelike Liappis, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at SMHS and secretary of the GW chapter of AΩA.
See more at the GWU AΩA Webage

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Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

The second annual induction ceremony for the Florida Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine was held on February 26, 2014 in the Panther Suite located on the University’s main campus. Seven students from the Class of 2014 were inducted. Michael Glamore and Dante Sorrentino were inducted in the Fall 2013; and Yilien Alonso, Edilberto Alvarez, Heather Miller, Dorjan Pantic, and Clare Stevens were inducted in the Spring 2014. Dr. John Rock, Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs, gave the keynote speech.

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The Florida State University College of Medicine

The Florida State University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the induction of nineteen students into our Delta Florida AΩA Chapter. Family, faculty, and alumni attended the March 20, 2014 ceremony and dinner held in lovely Miller Hall on the Florida State campus. Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D., founding chair of the Department of Geriatrics within the College of Medicine, and winner of the Best Doctor Award in America 11 times (peer voted), joined the student inductees on stage as the 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha faculty inductee.

C. Bruce Alexander, MD, Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama, was also part of the exciting week. As the College of Medicine’s AΩA Visiting Professor, Dr. Alexander toured the College’s six departments and gave two student lectures. His first lecture, “What is Alpha Omega Alpha?” introduced the medical honor society and discussed the society’s mission of “supporting the ideals of humanism” and “promoting service to others” to the first and second year medical students. His second presentation, “The role of the clinical laboratory in our health care system from 1936-2014,” discussed the changes in laboratory medicine and how the changes would impact the delivery of patient care. The College’s light-filled atrium was packed nearly to capacity as Dr. Alexander’s presentation and this year’s Alpha Omega Alpha festivities culminated in a round of applause.

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Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

To the left is Peter Daniel who was presented with the Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine. To the right are Katie and Hunter Wilson are going to Cincinnati for Pediatrics.

To the left is Joshua Bell who has served as Class of 2014 President for all four years. At graduation, he was selected for the Physicians' Physician Award, the highest honor the class of 2014 can bestow.
The two photos to the right of him are, Bryce Wyatt (top) who will be going to the Medical University of South Carolina for Urology and Hunter Daigle (bottom) who is going to Philadelphia for Pediatrics.

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University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

The newest members to the Alpha Hawaii AΩA Chapter were inducted at the celebratory banquet, held at the Honolulu Country Club on Friday, May 16, 2014.

The new student inductees

From left to right, standing on the right: Greg Sakamoto, MD (Recipient of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award); Tui Lauilefue, MD (Resident inductee); David Horio, MD (Faculty inductee); and Heath Chung, MD (Alumnus inductee)

This spring, our chapter organized multiple activities for our student members. We hosted Dr. Abraham Verghese, a world renown author and physical diagnostician from Stanford University, as their AΩA visiting professor.

The day of the visit started out with a medical grand rounds presentation about the history and importance of the bedside exam. After grand rounds, the AΩA students got a valuable opportunity to round on a patient with Dr. Verghese, an experience that they say they will never forget. They students joined Dr. Verghese for a lunch time discussion and the day culminated with a presentation regarding the relationship between literature and medicine, followed by a reception. The students commented that they were moved by this experience and that Dr. Verghese had inspired them to strive to be the best physicians they could be for their patients.

Our AΩA students also did a wonderful job in putting on our 2nd annual Healthy Keiki Camp on Saturday, March 29, 2014 as their community service project this year. The day was filled with fun activities to get elementary school kids interested in health and wellness. The kids learned about their organs, how to take care of their dental health, what is in blood and snot, and about the importance of sun safety, healthy eating, and physical fitness.

Left: Abraham Verghese, MD (center, back), Jill Omori, MD (AΩA Councilor, to his right), and the AΩA inductees.
Right: Photos from the 2nd Annual Healthy Keiki Camp

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Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

The Chicago Medical School held its induction ceremony and dinner on May 28, 2014.

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Our AΩA induction dinner was on March 18, 2014 at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, IL. Twenty-seven students were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as four house staff members, four faculty members and three alumni members.

Left to right: Daniel Foster, MD, The AΩA Visiting Professor; Joe Bass, MD, PhD; John Flaherty, MD, AΩA Councilor; Diane Wayne, MD, Vice Dean of Education; and Lewis Landsberg, MD, past Dean of the School of Medicine

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University of Illinois

Peoria Campus

The Annual Student Awards Ceremony at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria was on May 1, 2014. The class of 2014 AΩA members from the Peoria campus of the University of Illinois chapter were presented with medals and honor cords during the event.

Back row, left to right: Brian Andonian, C. Charles Jain, Joseph Hanovnikian, Dr. Hanks Mischler, Urbana-Peoria-Rockford AΩA Councilor, Benjamin Claytor, Daniel Rossi. Front row, left to right: Michelle Go, Kayla Miller, Timothy Young

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University of Kansas School of Medicine

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Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Dr. Robert S. Pynoos, Professor, UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences and Co-Director, UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Los Angeles, CA, came as a visting professor for the celebratory banquet. He was outstanding and engaging as he conducted Grand Rounds, titled, "The Centrality of Life Experience: Behavioral & Health Implications of Child Traumatic Stress."

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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The 2014 Johns Hopkins AΩA student inductees celebrate at the Maryland Club.
(The bear provided instruction in the proper display of AΩA honor cords.)

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University of Maryland School of Medicine

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s AΩA Induction Banquet was held on April 9, 2014. President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, gave the Theodore E. Woodward Annual Lecture in the historic Davidge Hall. Dr. Kirch spoke about the future of medical education in America in his lecture “Who Will Lead Us into the New World of Health Care?” The evening continued with dinner, chamber music, and drinks at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore.

Twelve third year students were inducted along with three residents, four faculty members and two alumni.

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Tufts University School of Medicine

The Tufts University School of Medicine's annual AΩA Banquet was held on March 17, 2014. Preceding the banquet, Dr. James O'Connell, president and founder of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, spent the day at Tufts as AΩA Visiting Professor, and gave the annual AΩA Lecture, open to the entire university. He was our honored guest at the AΩA banquet, along with our AΩA faculty nominee, Dean of Students Dr. Amy Kuhlik, and our 32 graduating medical student members. Dean Harris Berman and Dean Henry Klapholz warmly welcomed those attending the banquet. We also celebrated the fourth year of the Tufts AΩA Community Service Project, partnering with the Melanoma Foundation of New England since 2010 on the "Skinny on Skin" project. Our AΩA student members have helped to train hundreds of hair stylists and other beauty professionals to identify possible skin cancers on the head, neck and scalp of their clients. This community service project has received generous support from the AΩA National Office.

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University of Mississippi Medical Center

Dr. PonJola Coney, a pioneer in academic medicine, returned to her alma mater on March 14, 2014, to deliver the keynote address to the School of Medicine’s chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

A crowd of nearly 100, the AΩA initiates and their family members, faculty, staff and others gathered at the Fairview Inn for the ceremony featuring Dr. Coney, the first University of Mississippi Medical Center graduate to become dean of a medical school.

Dr. Coney, class of ’78, is senior associate dean at the Center on Health Disparities director and a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. She was one of 15 African-American students in her class of 150 at UMMC and was elected its vice president.

In 2002, the McComb native made UMMC history when she became dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, a position she held for about four years.

Discussing the qualities of leadership, Dr. Coney commended the “legacy of knowledge” UMMC’s leaders have built here. She praised the AΩA initiates’ “outstanding scholarship, leadership and service” that paved the way for their acceptance into the chapter, which is led by Dr. Omar A. Rahman, faculty councilor, and Clara Maria Gomez- Sanchez, chapter president.

“And you did it in a far shorter time than I did,” said Dr. Coney, who was inducted in 2003 as a faculty member.

Student initiates are chosen for their high academic standing, leadership among their peers, professionalism, ethics, promise of success in medicine, and commitment to service. AΩA also accepts faculty and residents.

Notable Awards:
AΩA Resident Teacher of the Year: Lyssa Taylor Weatherly, MD, 2015-2016 Internal Medicine Chief Resident
AΩA Faculty Teacher of the Year: Robert Thomas Brodell, MD, Chairman and Professor of Dermatology

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University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Front semi-circular loop: Eric Sieck (new junior AΩA); Valentina Shakhnovich, MD (ped GI fellow); Fizza Abbas; Tony Feng; Raza Hazan; Joey Guidos (AΩA student president) Second semi-circle: Chris Radchenko, MD (3rd year IM resident); Sara Monfared; Caroline Doo (new junior AΩA); Prasanthi Kandula; Claire Hakan-Hickey; Hirak Shah; Jeffrey Glasheen, MD (AΩA visiting professor); Michael Collard Back semi-circle: John Foxworth, PharmD; Scott Helgeson (new junior AΩA); Christopher Brett; Hassan Ahmad; David Wooldridge, MD

At the banquet, Dr. Foxworth welcomed everyone and introduced Alpha Omega Alpha, giving a short history. He also spoke about the importance of caring about the welfare of the society and of becoming sustaining members. He also spoke about AΩA's programs and grants, the chapters success in acquiring them and enoucraged members to apply to relavent programs.
Next, AΩA student president, Joey Guidos, welcomed the new members into Alpha Omega Alpha. He had each new member stand as he read their names and gave a brief personal comment about each of them. He then introduced Dr. Glasheen, the AΩA visiting professor, who made comments and welcomed members to the Society.
The students were given the honor cords that they will wear at graduation, and cords were also presented to each of our two housestaff electees.

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Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

The Alpha Missouri Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine inducted twenty-one new student members, three alumni, three faculty, and four house staff members at its annual initiation banquet on March 12, 2014 at the Saint Louis Club.

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New York

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Each year, the URSMD induction ceremony is scheduled for the end of February. You may ask why since we are located in Rochester, NY. I know I do! But our 4th year students are all in Rochester for the month of February. The weather tends to be inclement at best and blizzard at worst, and this year was no exception. However, we had a wonderful time. Our AΩA speaker was Dr. Robert Montgomery who is an alum of URMC and chairman of transplantation at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Montgomery was part of the team that performed the world’s first live donor kidney removal using minimally invasive techniques. He led the team that performed the first triple swap kidney transplant and 5-way domino transplant. His address was titled “Disruptive Thinking and Innovation” which highlighted the path of many creative thinkers including his own. We also welcomed Dr. Dwight Heron as our Alumni inductee. Dr. Heron is the vice chairman of Radiation Oncology at UPMC, Shadyside and leads the largest academic radiation oncology program in the US. In addition, we inducted 17 impressive 4th year medical students to AΩA.

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Ohio State University

The Gamma Ohio AΩA Chapter at the Ohio State University held their spring induction banquet on April 17, 2014 at the Ohio Union. The visiting professor and keynote speaker at the event was Douglas Paauw, MD, director of student teaching at the University of Washington Medical Center, Department of Medicine, AΩA Councilor at University of Washington and President-elect Alpha Omega Alpha Board of Directors.

Left: Sheryl Pfeil, MD, AΩA Councilor, welcoming Claudia Chou, a senior inductee.
Right: Charles Lockwood, MD, Dean OSU College of Medicine; Douglas Paauw, MD, Visting Professor; and Nicholas Marcos, a senior inductee

The newly elected juniors (class of 2015)

The newly elected seniors (class of 2014)

The list of newly inducted house staff, faculty and alumni and reasons why they were chosen.
(Taken from the program)

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Drexel University College of Medicine

The newly elected student inductees

The newly elected faculty, house staff and alumni inductees

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South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Following a long-standing tradition, the Alpha, South Carolina chapter of ΑΩΑ at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, engaged in multiple activities with its members throughout each year. The first meeting of 2014 was our annual cook-off. It is a very popular event among the members. Members are divided into two groups and asked to bring either appetizers or desserts. At the cookoff, everyone votes on which dishes were the best in each category, and the winners are given gift certificates to local eateries. This was a great opportunity for our AOA members to display their talents outside of the classroom. Following the cook-off was our annual oyster roast and beer tasting event. During this meeting, new student officers were elected and house staff and faculty members were chosen for nomination into AOA. The final event of the academic year was the Spring Banquet.

Our Annual Spring Banquet was held on the day following the Match. Over 100 guests attended, including students, family members, faculty, and alumni. The councilor, Dr. Pelic, was the emcee for the banquet. Dr. Biemann Othersen, a former Councilor, was the Guest Speaker and exhorted the newly inducted students, faculty, house staff, and alumni to become active members of the organization and to continue the work of their predecessors. The newly elected seniors, as well as those who were elected the previous year as juniors were recognized and received medals commemorating their graduation and their election to AOA. At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Pelic recognized the exiting officers and welcomed the new team.

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University of South Carolina

On March 20th, the South Carolina Beta Chapter held its 2014 spring induction banquet. With more than 100 attendees, 15 students from the graduating classes of 2014 and 2015 were inducted into AΩA, along with three resident physicians, two faculty members and two alumni. Carol A. Aschenbrener, M.D., chief medical education officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, was the AΩA visiting professor and guest speaker for the event. In addition, Matthew A. Marcus, M.D., was recognized with the AΩA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award.

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South Dakota

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

The South Dakota chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha inducted nine students, one faculty member, one alumnus and one resident at an induction banquet on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Starlite Room in Sioux Falls, S.D. Six students from the Class of 2014 were elected last fall and three students from the Class of 2015 were elected as juniors this spring. It was the thirty-seventh new member installation of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine South Dakota’s chapter.

Dr. Eli Adashi, MD, MS, MA, CPE, FACOG, (pictured above) was the visiting AΩA professor and keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Adashi is the former Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences and the Frank L. Day Professor of Biology at Brown University, and an academic physician-executive.

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Texas A&M Health Science Center

The annual 2014 Induction Ceremony for the Texas A&M-ETA Chapter of AΩA was held on May 7, 2014 at the Mayborn Auditorium at Scott and White in Temple, TX. Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, Professor of Radiology and winner of the 2012 AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, gave the keynote address on Professionalism in Medicine.
Congratulations to all of our new inductees!

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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School

The Gamma Texas Chapter at UT Southwestern Medical School inducted forty students, five faculty, and three residents into Alpha Omega Alpha at its annual banquet held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the A. W. Harris Faculty and Alumni Center located on the university’s south campus. Of the forty students inducted from the Class of 2014, nineteen were selected for membership during their junior year. The Chapter also presented its Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award to Reese A. Mathieu, III, a local pediatrician whose son was one of the forty students being inducted into AΩA that evening. Presiding over the evening’s events were Gamma Chapter President and Vice President, Ryan Thorpe and Swalpa Udit, respectively. Kevin Klein, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and AΩA Gamma Chapter Councilor, and Angela Mihalic, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and AΩA Gamma Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, presented each inductee with a crystal block inscribed with their name and a modern version of the Rod of Asclepius. The keynote address entitled “Alpha Omega Alpha and Meritocracy” was presented by Daniel W. Foster, M.D., a 1955 graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School who has also served as a faculty member at the university for over fifty years. Approximately 175 students, faculty, residents, and guests enjoyed the evening’s festivities.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine

The Medical Alumni Association is honored to partner with the UVA Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in coordinating various chapter events and initiatives throughout the year. The 2014 Induction Celebration featured a reception, a lovely three-course dinner, and a ceremony with speakers and the induction of new members (27 current students, two residents, two faculty members, and one alumnus). In addition to the inductees and their guests, other attendees included faculty members and alumni who are themselves members of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Faculty member Dr. Sabrina Nunez was presented with the AΩA-Brodie "teacher's teacher" award by Dr. Evan Heald, and she also gave the evening's keynote address. It was an extremely special event bringing together generations of students and physicians dedicated to the service of medicine.

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West Virginia

West Virginia University

The Alpha West Virginia Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha held their annual induction ceremony on Friday, March 28th, 2014. Professor Donna E. Sweet, MD, MACP from the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita was our visiting professor and keynote speaker. The student members coordinated a silent auction and raised nearly $1000 for a local charity. We were honored to also have three of our past chapter president join us for the event, Dr. Ron Wilkinson (’68), Dr. Cindy Clarkson (’04), and Dr. Konrad Nau (’79). Brendan Cline (’15) was selected by his peers as the chapter president for next year. He is pictured below with AΩA Councilor Dr. Melanie Fisher, and Vice Dean Dr. Norman Ferrari.

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Medical College of Wisconsin

The Beta Wisconsin Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin held its induction ceremony at the University Club in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014. Over 100 guests attended the annual AΩA dinner program which was held in conjunction with the 1308th meeting of the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Mary M. Horowitz, Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) at MCW provided the highlight of the evening with her talk entitled: “An Unexpected Journey – My Life in Medicine.” Dr. Horowitz’s pitch perfect address focused on how mentorship, opportunity and willingness to take a chance changed the direction of her professional life; how global collaboration has advanced the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and; how being a doctor- and a patient- enriched her life in ways she never could have imagined.

In the photo, Dr. Horowitz is seated in the center of the first row. Laura Tisch, student member on the AΩA Board of Directors, is standing in the center of the back row, just off the left shoulder of Dr. Horowitz.

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University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health AΩA banquet was held on March 28, 2014 at the UW campus adjacent to Lake Mendota. Twenty nine students, five house staff and four faculty members were inducted.

The 2014 University of Wisconsin Student Inductees

The 2014 University of Wisconsin Housestaff and Faculty Inductees.
Dr. Stephen Nakada is seated, second from the right.

Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS, a new faculty inductee, was selected by the students to speak at the banquet. He spoke about the importance of professionalism in his roles as leader, researcher and physician. He encouraged students to continue to lead by example in their future careers.

AΩA has been honored to receive a gift from Dr. David de Harter and Diane de Harter to establish the Alpha Omega Alpha Visting Professorship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The de Harter's daughter, Ms. Renee Kirwan, spoke at the banquet about her father's lifelong dedication to the care of patients and the core values of medicine.

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Updated on May 15, 2015.