Welcome to the Alpha Omega Alpha Gamma Chapter of North Carolina website!

Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering

About AOA

Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. It is dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by

  • 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.

Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing.

Criteria for election to Alpha Omega Alpha are detailed in the Constitution. About 3,000 students, alumni, house staff, and faculty are elected each year. Since its founding in 1902, more than 150,000 members have been elected to the society. Alpha Omega Alpha supports many programs for medical students and physicians at our 120 chapters, and publishes a quarterly journal, The Pharos, which contains articles on nontechnical medical subjects, including history, ethics, national issues, personal essays, and poetry.

About our chapter

UNC’s Gamma Chapter of North Carolina was founded in 1954. Continued leadership is provided by our dedicated faculty advisors, Dr. Amelia Drake and Dr. Cheryl McNeil.

Please direct any inquiries to Olivia Chen and Shivani Sud, AOA chapter co-presidents, at aoauncsom@gmail.com or Dr. Amelia Drake, faculty administrator, at Amelia_Drake@unc.edu