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Seven fourth-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: M. Heath Haggard, Richard Huettemann, Adam Powell, David Steadman, Elizabeth Terry, Chandler Van Dyke and Rebecca Young.
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, to advance the medical profession and to exemplify the highest standards of professionalism.
“Being elected into AOA is one of the highest honors that can be achieved by a medical student,” said Dr. Jon Simmons, USA AOA chapter councilor and a trauma and critical care surgeon with USA Health. “In addition to proving academic excellence, the student must also display humanistic characteristics like honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others and leadership.”
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 also may be elected by chapters after demonstrating scholarly achievement and professional contributions and values after medical school and during their careers in medicine.
Six additional medical students in the Class of 2018 were elected into AOA earlier this year. Learn more here.
The AOA motto is “Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering.” To learn more, visit www.alphaomegaalpha.org.
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