Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society

Department of Student Affairs

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Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is the nation's only honor medical society. It dates back over 100 years, and recognizes excellence, professionalism, service and leadership in the profession. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Chapter is active and was chartered in 1985 with over 250 members.

Class of 2016

  • Jacob Anderson
  • Yvette Anderson
  • Joshua Catapano
  • Alexander Chang
  • Matthew Klippenstein
  • Lindsey Murphy
  • Kathleen Murray
  • Caroline Perez
  • Alexander Shaft
  • Mark Taylor
  • Cameron Thompson

2016 Resident

  • Choua Thao, M.D.

2016 Faculty

  • Chowdhury Ahsan, M.D.
  • Kirk Bronander, M.D.
  • Evan Klass, M.D.
  • John Varras, M.D.

How Are Members Chosen?

Election to AOA is a distinction that accompanies a physician throughout his or her career. Medical students do not apply for a position, but are selected each Spring and Fall semesters from the graduating class by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine chapter members. Eligibility requirements include scholastic excellence, capacity for leadership, integrity, service to school and the community.

The selection process begins with the councilor requesting a confidential list of students in the top quartile of the class from the Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs (ASA). The information provided includes Year 1 and 2 percentages and grades in each Block, Year 3 Clerkship grades and Step 1 scores, as well as leadership and service activities for each eligible student. Note that the Associate Dean of ASA is responsible for presenting students to the chapter but is not a member and does not vote. Election may not exceed one-sixth of the total number of graduates and generally two or three School of Medicine students are elected in the Spring semester and the balance in the Fall semester. Members can also nominate faculty or other physicians who meet the entrance criteria.

Alpha Omega Alpha elects outstanding medical students, graduates, faculty and honorary members to its ranks and offers its membership three important programs:

  1. The Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorships are designed to enrich the educational environment of the various medical schools to which they are awarded
  2. The historically oriented videotape series, "Leaders in American Medicine," presents biographical interviews with distinguished men and women
  3. The Society's journal, The Pharos, is published quarterly and includes non-technical papers and regular features which address a wide variety of topics of historical, philosophical and current interest to physicians