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Alpha Omega Alpha

Virginia Gamma Chapter

“Be worthy to serve the suffering”

Alpha Omega Alpha was founded in 1902, and is the national medical honor society.  Since 1902, there have been more than 150,000 members elected into the society.  Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science.  More than fifty Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, and in Chemistry, have been AΩA members.  More than thirty of those were elected to AΩA prior to winning the Nobel Prize.

Alpha Omega Alpha is dedicated to the belief 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, promoting service to others.

The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the society, and up to 16 percent may be elected based on leadership, character, community service, and professionalism.  Members may also be elected by chapters after demonstrating scholarly achievement and professional contributions and values during their careers in medicine.  Distinguished professionals may also be elected to honorary membership.

Taken from the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical National Honor Medical Society website. 


About the Chapter

Faculty Councilor 

Leonard J. Weireter Jr., MD, FACS

Arthur and Marie Kirk Family Professor of Surgery

Counselor of the EVMS Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter

Eastern Virginia Medical School


President: Jigar Patel

Vice President: Alison Flentje


Student Members elected in the Spring of 2015:

  • Laura Binari
  • Krysia Crabtree
  • Alison Flentje
  • David Mazur-Hart
  • Hitesh Patel
  • Jigar Patel
  • Daneil Pierce
  • Rollin Reeder

Resident Members elected in the Spring of 2015:

  • Peter Farrell, MD
  • Brian Myer, MD
  • Emily Myer, MD
  • Daniel Parker, MD

 Faculty Members elected in the Spring of 2015:

  • Craig Goodmurphy, PhD
  • David Spiegel, MD
  • Scott Vergano, MD


News & Events

If you are a first, second, or third year medical student interested in contacting an AOA student for guidance, please email either Jigar Patel  or Alison Flentje with any questions.