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July 5, 2017 - Class of 2018 Medical Students Named to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

AOAcollage.jpgTop row, left to right: Alex Wiles, Stephen Ambrose and Olivia Means. Bottom row, left to right: Sarah Cassity, Austin Brown and Leith Bayazid.

Six third-year medical students at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine were named to the USA chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

The following students were selected: Stephen Ambrose, Leith Bayazid, Austin Brown, Sarah Cassity, Olivia Means and Alex Wiles.

AOA, 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.

In addition, two faculty members, Dr. Lee Grimm, assistant professor of surgery, and Dr. Michael Sternberg, director of emergency department student rotations and professor of emergency medicine; and one surgery resident, Dr. Daniel Freno, were selected for this honor.

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 AOA signifies commitment to not only scholarship but also leadership, professionalism and service.

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 after medical school and during their careers in medicine.

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

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