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:  Christopher McDonald, MS4
UW Chapter Vice President: Steven Levitte, MS4
UW Chapter Secretary: Hannah Dysinger, 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 AOA members updated the AOA Pearls of Wisdom as part of their mission to serve the UW medical school community. The 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 document represents AOA students’ opinions, and as such, may or may not resonate with your experience in medical school.

AOA Turkey Book app

"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, now an app, was first published in 1980 by the UW Chapter of AOA, and is updated annually. The manual is a compilation of helpful hints, high-yield facts, and need-to-know introductions to many clinical topics that you will encounter in your clinical years of medical education. It can be used as a starting point, and/or to supplement other more exhaustive references. To purchase the app, go to:

iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turkey-book/id1231695941?mt=8

Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilemd.android.uw.turkeybook&hl=en

AOA Election Process

Student members are elected after they have completed their required clerkships, 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,, 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. In the Spring 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.