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Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

The goal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at UNM is to promote service to others, support the ideals of humanism, and to recognize high educational achievement.

The current New Mexico Chapter AOA Councilor is Satyan Shah, MD (Associate Professor of Surgery). The Office of Medical Student Affairs provides administrative support to AOA. For more information about AOA, please contact OMSA at HSC-OMSA@salud.unm.edu or 505-272-3414.

Election to AOA

Election to AOA is indeed a great honor. The process at UNM begins early in the fourth year of medical school. During the summer, approximately 25% of the expected graduating class will be nominated for AOA. This nomination will occur primarily based on academic performance (the average of Phase I and Phase II grades combined). Nominated students will be notified and will be requested to provide consent for the AOA selection committee to review their academic records. In the summer/early fall the selection committee (consisting of faculty and resident members of AOA at UNM) will meet to review all nominated students. The committee will elect up to 1/6 of the expected graduating class. Final selection will be based on academic performance, leadership capability, ethical standards, demonstrated professionalism, and record of service to UNM and the community at large.

Chapter Activities

AOA Giving Tree

Every winter the Chapter sponsors a “Giving Tree” where charities in our local community are given donations of food, clothing, or other needed items.


Giving Tree
Spring Banquet

AOA Spring Banquet

Every spring, AOA holds an induction banquet to welcome the newest AOA members. All AOA members are welcome to attend. For more information about the Spring Banquet, please contact AOA coordinator Chamonix Berry at CBerry@salud.unm.edu or 505-272-0648.

AOA Specialty Career Night

The newest addition to our AOA Chapter’s activities, the AOA Specialty Career Night, is held in the spring and provides first-and second-year MD students with the opportunity to meet with faculty and residents from various specialties outside of their core curriculum, giving students the opportunity to explore their interests early and in a casual setting.



Career Night 2017

Chapter Newsletter

The New Mexico AOA Chapter issues a bi-annual newsletter to members which includes information about upcoming events and elections.

Chapter History

The New Mexico AOA Chapter has a long history. The first banquet and installation ceremony was held on June 4, 1968 in the Basic Medical Science Building. At that ceremony, four students were elected to AOA. Dr. Reginald Fitz, the Dean of the Medical School, presided over the program. To date, over 650 students, residents, and faculty have been elected to AOA at UNM.

UNM AOA Alumni

Were you elected to AOA at UNM? We would love to hear from you! Please consider attending our annual spring banquet. Please contact Satyan Shah, MD (AOA Councilor) at SShah@salud.unm.edu or 505-272-6428.