AΩA Honor Medical Society
AΩA is a National Honor Society recognizing and advocating for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in medicine. The values of AΩA include: honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, selflessness, ethical ideals, dedication to service and leadership in addition to scholarship and academic excellence. AΩA notes that it is similar to what Phi Beta Kappa is to the letters and humanities and Sigma Xi to science.
In 2019 UConn School of Medicine officially established the 130th national chapter of AΩA inaugurating its first Beta Chapter class of medical students and faculty. It is only the second chapter to be established in Connecticut since Yale School of Medicine’s Alpha chapter was founded in 1920.
The roots of UConn’s new Connecticut Beta chapter was first established in 2016. As an active AΩA chapter, each year UConn School of Medicine can nominate the top 25 percent of its medical school class to become members of the professional medical organization within their senior year. Of that 25 percent, up to 16 percent of the total medical school class may be elected into the society.