Alpha Omega Alpha is the only national honor medical society. Founded in 1902, its motto as represented by the Greek characters AΩA is “be worthy to serve the suffering". Chartered in 1949 by the LSUHSC SOM at New Orleans, the Beta of Louisiana Chapter works to uphold the noble mission of AΩA. The strength of AΩA is in its members, and to that end the Chapter strives to fill its ranks with students who align with the AΩA mission. Students are selected in part based on their academic performance during medical school. However, AΩA is not defined by scholarship alone, and considerable emphasis is also placed on a student’s professionalism, leadership and research activities, and service to the community and profession.
A Chapter may nominate up to one-sixth of each class to AΩA. The LA-Beta Chapter nominates a small proportion of these students in the spring of their junior year and the remainder in the fall of their senior year. Membership in AΩA is an honor not to be taken lightly. Members receive a certificate to hang on their wall and can add an extra line to their curriculum vitae, but accepting membership is to accept the mission of AΩA as your own and bear the responsibility of modeling it for others. Students aspiring for membership in Alpha Omega Alpha are encouraged to pursue their studies while remembering what it is their profession asks of them – to serve their patients and colleagues while advancing the field of medicine through leadership and research.
Student Nomination Process, revised 3/2/2017
National AOA Constitution, revised 2010