Alpha Omega Alpha, commonly referred to as AOA, can be thought of as the Phi Beta Kappa for medical schools. As the only national honor medical society, its mission, developed over the past one hundred years, has been to recognize and enhance professionalism, academic excellence, service, and leadership within the profession.
Criteria for and restrictions upon election to AOA are detailed in the AOA Constitution. These elections occur each year in the 124 chapters within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the American University of Beirut. In 2006, as in other recent years, close to 3100 medical students and a much smaller number of faculty, resident, and alumni members were elected. Since its founding in 1902, more than 100,000 members have been added to the roles.
Check out the Alpha Omega Alpha national website for more information.