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April 6, 2016 - USA Medical Students Named to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Seven senior medical students at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine were named to the USA chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

The following students were selected: Paterson Graham, Brenden Ingraham, Brian McGrath, Caroline Miller, William Ricks, Ankur Singh and Susan Ansley Smith.

In addition, two faculty members, Dr. Susana Figarola and Dr. Andrea Kahn; one alumnus Dr. Paul Rider Jr.; and one resident Dr. Gregory Quatrino, were also selected for this honor.

Alpha Omega Alpha, a professional medical organization, recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Members have a compelling drive to do well and to advance the medical profession and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism.

According to Dr. Kelly Roveda, assistant dean of medical education and student affairs at the USA College of Medicine and USA AOA chapter councilor, election and membership in Alpha Omega Alpha signifies commitment to not only scholarship but also leadership, professionalism and service.

“Being selected for membership into Alpha Omega Alpha at any point during an individual's career highlights not only academic excellence but also leadership and service to the community,” said Dr. Roveda, who also serves as assistant professor of pathology at the USA College of Medicine.  “Furthermore, members elected to the organization must demonstrate humanism in patient care as well as professionalism in conduct. The newly elected members join an elite group of professionals that includes not only numerous Nobel Prize winners but also numerous deans of medical schools.”

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.

The AOA motto is “Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering.” To learn more, visit

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