Alpha Omega Alpha

Faculty Councilor

Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD 
Professor and Program Director
Professor of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Co-Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Alpha of Ohio Chapter

Alpha Omega Alpha is the honor society for medical students. The CWRU chapter was the first established chapter in the state and is known as the Alpha of Ohio Chapter. The school's chapter is managed by the SOM Office of Student Affairs.

All questions should be directed to the chapter email at casemed-aoa@case.edu.

Chapter Elections

CWRU students are elected into AOA by a committee of CWRU faculty who are themselves members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Selection Committee members are given de-identified packets of information on the top honors students in the graduating class. Consideration is given to academic excellence, leadership, service to the community and to the school, faculty nominations, research publications and presentations, and other awards and accomplishments. 

Once inducted, the new AOA students elect several faculty and residents into AOA. The students conduct the entire nomination/election process independently among themselves, giving consideration to qualities such as leadership, professionalism and service and, particularly, to commitment and excellence in medical student teaching and mentorship.

National AOA Student Award and Fellowship Programs

Because the CWRU School of Medicine has an active AOA chapter, the national AOA Awards and Fellowships are available to all medical students in both University and College Programs (within eligibility guidelines). Announcements and information about the awards will be sent out to students in late August/early September through the SOM's administrative listservs. Awards include the MSSLP (Medical Student Leadership Project Award), Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award, and Student Poetry Competition. These are very competitive programs; participating schools are not guaranteed to have awarded programs every year. Please direct any questions to the Chapter email only: casemed-aoa@case.edu.

CWRU AOA Chapter Registry

In accordance with the national Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) Constitution, all CWRU faculty who are AOA members (even if elected elsewhere) automatically receive reciprocity of membership to our CWRU Alpha of Ohio Chapter. However, we may not know who you are! If you are AOA and have not been contacted directly by our chapter yet, please email us at casemed-aoa@case.edu with the subject line "Registry," and we will send you the link to our Chapter Registry. Thank you!