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AΩA installs its 132nd active Chapter

On April 5, 2017, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) Board of Directors approved a new Chapter of the society: Gamma New Jersey Chapter at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. The faculty Councilor for the Chapter is Michael E. Chansky, MD and the Secretary-Treasurer is Andrew McGarry, MD

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) is the culmination of a 40-year quest to bring a four-year medical school to Camden. Cooper Hospital first opened in 1887 has a long history of being committed to the communities of southern New Jersey, and of being involved in medical education, serving as a clinical campus for over three decades. In 2009 Rowan University and The Cooper Health System officially established Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. A $139 million, six-story facility was built at the corner of South Broadway and Benson Street in Camden, and its Charter Class was enrolled in 2012. CMSRU celebrated their Charter Commencement in May of 2016, and it received full LCME accreditation in June of 2016. In the spring of 2017, after completing the application process and hosting a site visit by AΩA Executive Director Dr. Richard L. Byyny and AΩA Board Member Dr. Alan Robinson, the AΩA Board of Directors unanimously voted to issue a charter for the creation of the Gamma New Jersey Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Gamma New Jersey went on to induct nine Charter members in 2017. (To see photos of this excellent group at 2017 Commencement click here—the AΩA honor cords look great!)

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is committed to providing humanistic education in the art and science of medicine within a scientific and scholarly community in which inclusivity, excellence in patient care, innovative teaching, research, and service to our community are valued. Our core values include a commitment to: diversity, personal mentorship, professionalism, collaboration and mutual respect, civic responsibility, patient advocacy, and life-long learning.

It is the vision of CMSRU to distinguish itself as an innovative leader in medical education and related research with emphasis on developing and validating comprehensive systems of healthcare for underserved populations as a model to address the challenges of accountable patient care in the 21st century and beyond.

"Alpha Omega Alpha has a long history of promoting excellence and scholarship in the field of medicine and I'm very proud that CMSRU, as a new medical school, was selected as the Gamma New Jersey Chapter," said Bill Kocher, MD, assistant dean of curriculum, ΑΩΑ member, and one of the lead faculty members advocating for the CMSRU Chapter.  "We look forward to our students, residents and faculty becoming active members in this prestigious organization." 

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA)
Since its founding in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has recognized and advocated for excellence in scholarship, demonstrated professionalism, and the growth of physician leadership in the profession of medicine. Through 132 active Chapters in the United States and Lebanon, more than 3,900 new members are inducted into the society each year. More than 55 Nobel Prize winners are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as 12 of the 20 United States Surgeons General, including Dr. Vivek Murthy. Nearly 75% of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Alpha Omega Alpha annually grants more than $1.75 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.

Updated on March 10, 2018.