UW Alpha Omega Alpha

Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) is a national Honor Medical Society with over 120 Chapters around the country. Its purpose is to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession. Its mission statement is "AOA is dedicated to the believe that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by recognizing high educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community, supporting the ideals of humanism, and promoting service to others." For more information about AOA, visit their website.


Programs that AOA offers to all medical students:

Helen H. Glasser Student Essay Award
Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship
Pharos Student Poetry Competition
Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award

University of Washington AOA Chapter

2016 UWSOM AOA Chapter Annual Report

Current leadership:
UW Chapter President:  Lauren Jacobson, MS4
UW Chapter Vice President: Daniel Bechtold, MS4
UW Chapter Secretary: Brianne Rowan, MS4
UW Chapter Councilor  Douglas Paauw, MD
UW Chapter Administrator:   ​​​​Emily Slager, Student Affairs​​

AOA Pearls of Wisdom

2017 AOA Pearls of Wisdom document

The 2015-2016 AOA members updated the AOA Pearls as part of their mission to serve the UW medical school community. The AOA Pearls document represents a compilation of their advice to fellow students about how to succeed in the preclinical years, clerkships, and during the residency application time. The Pearls represent AOA students’ opinions, and as such, may or may not resonate with your experience in medical school. Above all, AOA hopes the pearls of wisdom are helpful to you. They are intended as a guide, and not prescriptive rules, about how to succeed in your training.

AOA Turkey Book Project​ 

"Don't be a turkey!"  was an old phrase that meant "Don't be a fool, a coward, a chicken, inept, a failure…" When you have the Turkey Book with you, you won't be any of these things! The Turkey Book is an introductory manual for the wards, where there are “No Turkeys Allowed”. The Turkey Book is a popular medical school pocket guide published by the UW Chapter of AOA since 1980. It is a helpful tool for the 3rd and required 4th year clerkships. In 2014, the Turkey Book became available as an application on your phone.

Steps for downloading the iPhone/Android application:

  1. Go to http://agile.md/join/uwms
  2. Join (first time) or sign in (subsequent times) with your uw.edu e-mail address
  3. After signing in, a full library will appear. UW Turkey Book is at the bottom
  4. Purchase the Turkey Book from the library for $9.99 (UW students) or $14.99 (non-UW)
  5. Download the Turkey Book to your phone and sign into the app

Election Process

Student members are elected after they have completed their required clerkships, typically after third-year. By national guidelines, eligible students must be in the top 25% of their class, and the total number of students that can be elected each year is up to 16% of the class.  For the Autumn election of MS4's, students in the top 25% of their class are those with an "Outstanding" summary word on their MSPE. For the Spring election, the AOA students elect between 7-12 "Junior AOA" members among MS3 students who are completing their required clerkships. For this election, the "top 25%" is determined by ranking students according to the % of Honors and High Passes they have received thus far in their required clerkships as well as on their Step 1 score. Students are considered 2 times - once in the spring of their MS3 year and once in the fall of their MS4 year. If students expand between their MS3 and MS4 year, they will be considered with the cohort with which they receive their MSPE summary word, which is determined right after completing their required clerkships.

Students are nominated by a vote of current chapter members (students, faculty, residents), and votes are based primarily on excellent required clerkship grades and also on peer nomination comments; comments from College faculty, clerkship directors, and PhD advisors; sholarships, publications, UWSOM involvement, and community service. Students are considered based on how well they meet the goals of AOA in the areas of leadership, service, professionalism, scholarship, research, and promise of contribution to the medical field.

Spring Election: April 10, 2017
Fall Election: September 11, 2017