Radiohead said:Yes there are certain criteria set forth by the "national" AOA organization. They are:
-No more than the top 25% of the class may be nominated for AOA
-No more than 1/6 of the class may be elected
Thus, a selection committee goes through all nomimated applications and selects those who get elected.
Now you may be elected to AOA in your junior or senior year. Up until this year my school allowed 7 to be elected as juniors and 23 to be subsequently elected as seniors. Apparently, being elected as a junior is a bit more prestigious than the latter. My school has 180 studs/class, so 7+23=30 which is 1/6 of 180. Next year, we will be electing 15 juniors/15 seniors. The rule of how many juniors/seniors depends on which school you go to. Some schools only take seniors.
I hope this helps.
UCLAstudent said:Any idea of how it works with a P/F system?
fun8stuff said:it was my understanding that most schools keep track of rank, even if they tell you that they don't. it may just be pass/fail to the students knowledge, but they probably have been keeping a running total on how each student has done compared to others based off from raw score and percentage. but i am only repeating what i have been told, not sure if it's true.
UCLAstudent said:Okay, thanks, that makes sense. We are on a P/F system, but we do get scores on the exams ... we just don't find out how we did relative to other people.
Okay since we go to the same school this is what I've been told. Some time in 4th year they look at a histogram of your test performance for the past 3 years, evals, and board score. They use some magic formal to weight things differently and I've been told that 3rd year grades (ie shelf exam, in house exam, and clinical evals) are weighted the most. They just announced who is AOA in the 4th year class just about 4 weeks ago, just in time to put on there residency application.UCLAstudent said:Any idea of how it works with a P/F system?
Ooh, you go to Yale, then, don't you!! I loved your anatomy lab when I interviewed - especially those robotic arms with the flatscreens. .rugtrousers said:I go to a P/F school that doesn't rank us (exams are taken anonymously - yeah, that school). AOA is determined by nominations and elections from faculty members and is only handed out after the Match. Weird, I know.