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Alpha Omega Honor Society

The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) is the only national honor medical society in the world.

AOA’s purpose is to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession.

As stated in the society’s constitution, its "purposes and it’s aims shall be the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools, the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and the recognition of high attainment in medical science, practice and related fields."

AOA elects outstanding medical students, graduates, alumni, faculty and honorary members.

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's Zeta chapter of AOA was founded in 1971. Election to AOA is limited to candidates whose scholastic achievements place them in the upper 25 percent of their class. Elections are held in the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year.

AOA election results are included in the Dean’s letters.