COVID 19 Grading:
The Beta Chapter has always maintained transparency when inducting new members. This year, a few students from the Class of 2021 have joined the Class of 2022. Due to the pandemic, these students received P/F scores during Block 4 of their third-year clerkships. We wanted to make the scoring process as fair as possible for applicants in this position, especially because preclinical and clinical grades constitute 80% of our AOA grading formula. Because some clerkship coordinators had not recorded raw scores for students during this time, we were unable to convert the P/F courses into the H/HP/P/F grading system. Therefore, the current AOA membership decided to exclude the Block 4 grades for these students altogether.
Moving forward, the executive board will discuss this matter further with clerkship directors/coordinators to collaboratively create a record-keeping system should any future events (i.e, hurricane, pandemic) lead clerkships to be converted to P/F. We hope this will ensure that future classes will not be affected by altered course grades outside of their control. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the current circumstances, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
The LA-Beta Chapter of AΩA does its best to keep busy throughout the year. In addition to hosting an annual visiting professorship and spring banquet, the Chapter encourages all LSUHSC students to participate in activities sponsored by the national office. During the 2021-2022 academic year, the LA-Beta Chapter nominated nine juniors from the Class of 2022 for membership.
Class of 2022:
Class of 2023:
Hunter Hall, MD – Internal Medicine
Alexander Hosse, MD – Internal Medicine
Laura Hutchins, MD – Med/Peds
Andrea Ito, MD – Med/Peds
Peter Lowery, MD – Internal Medicine
James Aiken, MD – Emergency Medicine
Erin Capone, MD – Psychiatry
Elliott Black, MD (‘69) – Plastic Surgery – New Orleans, LA
Sheila Gottschalk, MD (‘69) – Pediatrics & Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine – New Orleans, LA
Terren Klein, MD (‘88) – Orthopedic Surgery – El Paso, TX
Samir Patel, MD (‘05) – Anesthesiology & Pain Management – Baton Rouge, LA
*inducted as a junior medical student
**inducted in the Class of 2021
To see what other chapters are doing around the country, please visit the national AΩA website.