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Alpha Omega Alpha

National Chapter

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is a medical honors society that was founded in 1902. The society recognizes, advocates for, and inspires physicians in the care of patients and the promotion of health. Members may be elected throughout their career and epitomize professionalism, leadership, academic and clinical excellence, research, community service, and “being worthy to serve the suffering.” The medical community has long recognized Alpha Omega Alpha as the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medicine.

IU School of Medicine Chapter

Initiated in 1916, the Alpha Omega Alpha of Indiana Chapter at Indiana University School of Medicine is proud to actively uphold the mission of the national organization by organizing events within the school as well as organizing outreach to the broader community. 

  • Recognizing high educational achievement
  • Honoring gifted teaching
  • Encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community
  • Supporting the ideals of humanism
  • Promoting service to others

Faculty President – Rakesh Mehta, MD
Faculty Councilor – Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD
Student President – Monica Cheng
Student Secretary – Reid Wilson

IU School of Medicine Outreach

Within the school, AOA sponsors a booth at the orientation for incoming first-year students. AOA also co-sponsors a creative-works competition for the Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine (FIRM) conference in coordination with the FIRM conference community and Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Mentorship events guide first through fourth-year students through the challenges of medical school:

  • Welcome to Medical School panel for first-year students
  • Step 1 prep panel for second-year students
  • Panels to guide third-year and fourth-year students through clerkships and applying to residency

Community Outreach: Medical Day

Within the larger community, one of the largest undertakings includes planning Medical Day, an event designed to show undergraduates from all over Indiana what life as a medical student is like. The event debuted at the Indianapolis campus with more than 100 undergraduates in attendance. More recently in September 2018, the second Medical Day was hosted at the Bloomington campus.


Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor representing a lasting commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research, and community service. Membership is a lifelong honor that confers recognition for a physician’s dedication to the profession and art of healing.

Criteria for selection

Scholastic achievement should be the primary but not sole basis for election of a student. Leadership capabilities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, potential for achievement in medicine and a record of service to the school and community at large should be criteria in addition to the academic record. These additional attributes will be weighted in the selection process by policies established within each chapter.

Nomination Process

New nomination process: Starting in 2019, the IU School of Medicine chapter of AOA will select students at the end of Phase 2, based upon Step 1 scores and clerkship grades, as well as excellence in service, ethics, leadership, research and creative activities. Once the Phase 2 clerkship grades are finalized in mid-May, students eligible based on Step 1 scores and and clerkship grades will receive an invitation to submit supplementary materials.

Why the change? In the past, roughly a quarter of AOA members were chosen at the beginning of third year to be inducted as “Junior AOA” members, with the remainder selected at the beginning of fourth year. Because the school adopted a Pass/Fail only grading system for all of Phase 1, students are no longer ranked after completing Phase 1, a key eligibility criterion for election to AOA.

Alpha Omega Alpha Inductees

Class of 2020

Aref, Mohammad Walid
Bahrami, Asma Safa
Bain, Eric Ross
Behrend, Julia Elisabeth
Bieber, Dylan Daniel
Borse, Vyvian
Boyes, Daniel Leon
Braun, Abigail Lynne
Brenner, Abigail Marie
Brinkman, John Ethan
Burgett, Kendall Mundy
Cage, Emily Sue
Campbell, Michaela Anne
Cheng, Monica
Chin, Kayla Lauren
Clouse, Tori Lynn Leturgez
Crews, Marlee Szabo
Crowley, Jean Anne
Davis, Jacob
Davis, Kyle Patrick
Douglas, Anthony Dwayne
Fennerty, Mitchell L
Foust, Rick Lewis
Geiser, Matthew Hideo
Grisoli, Anne Genevieve
Howard, Gage Tyler
Hull, Audrey Elaine
Jenks, Christopher
Jennings, Hannah Marie
Johnson, Bailey Nicole
Johnson, Olivia Ray
Khlebnikova, Maria
Kramer, Kaleb Alan
Kraus, Kent Ryan
Lam, Nathan
Lee, Christopher Joseph
Leiser, Abraham Yoav
Loncharich, Alexa Jo
Lorentz, Samuel
Luebbe, Samuel Thomas
Millay, David Samuel Joseph
Miller, Kaela Jenae
Milto, Anthony Julian
Munshi, Mumtaz
Nag, Amit Kumar
Ni, Kevin
Nwosu, Obinna
Okoye, Celestina Uche
Osborn, Zachary Glen
Patel, Roshni Bharati
Peters, Alexander Woodford
Phillips, Whitney Kathleen
Regele, Eric James
Reinhart, Kathryn
Rodibaugh, Brooks Stephen
Rumancik, Brad Evan
Runge, Elizabeth M
Sawyer, Katlyn Marie
Schell, Zachary John
Schleinkofer, Nathan Edward
Schmidt, Christian Maximillian
Schmitz, Adam William
Speybroeck, Jacob
Terhune, Katherine Audrey
Tilmon, Jacob Charles
Truitt, Alexander Wesley
Vadhul, Raghav B
Vissing, Dana Michael
Wilson, Reid
Xiao, Honglin
Zappia, Jason Leone
Zborek, Kirsten Lynn


  • Nabil Adra, MD – Medicine
  • Richelle M. Baker, MD – Pediatrics
  • Meghan Drayton Jackson, MD – Pediatrics
  • Jo Ann Matory, MD – Pediatrics
  • Jason Z. Niehaus, MD – Pediatrics
  • Michael D. Ober, MD – Medicine
  • John A. Powelson, MD – Surgery
  • Kimberly S. Schneider, MD – Pediatrics
  • Sylk M. Sotto, MD – Medicine
  • Curtis Wright, MD – Medicine
  • Wade M. Billings, MD – Med-Peds
  • Hallie Brown, MD – Emergency Medicine
  • Alex M. Geiger, MD – Med-Peds
  • Brian D. Hosfield, MD – General Surgery
  • Chelsea E. Hunter, MD – General Surgery
  • Claire Jansson-Knodell, MD – Medicine
  • Christina E. Knight, MD – Med-Peds
  • John R. Martin, MD – Surgery
  • Edgar A. Petras, MD – EM Med-Peds
  • Eric A. Raynal, MD – Pediatrics
  • Chaniece B. Wallace, MD – Pediatrics
  • Billy E. Beechler Jr., MD – Pediatrics
  • John S. Strobel, MD – Internal Medicine

Note: This Chapter of AOA does not represent IU School of Medicine and is not directly affiliated with the school.