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Dr Who

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Please excuse my ignorance, but I start med school in august and I keep reading posts about getting "AOA".
What is that? some kind of honors?
 

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It is the honor society of medical school. Typically, admission is restricted to the top 10-15% of each class, but there are other variables that are taken into account.
 

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Dr Who said:
Please excuse my ignorance, but I start med school in august and I keep reading posts about getting "AOA".
What is that? some kind of honors?
Alpha Omega Alpha. Each school determines eligibility for it differently. Schools that are P/F usually do it based off the 3rd and 4th year required rotations. Schools with grades during the basic science years will typically do it based off grades in the basic sciences.
 

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What kinds of things do they look at for AOA? Is this a society for gunners or something? -Just wondering
 

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Mostly grades. However, you are elected in by your peers (last year's AOA's if you are a junior or your AOA classmates if you are regular AOA), so your attitude and extracurriculars do play a part.

P.S. Junior AOAs are elected at the end of third year and constitute the top 3% of the class.
 

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SocialistMD said:
Mostly grades. However, you are elected in by your peers (last year's AOA's if you are a junior or your AOA classmates if you are regular AOA), so your attitude and extracurriculars do play a part.

P.S. Junior AOAs are elected at the end of third year and constitute the top 3% of the class.

How do your classmates elect you if it's restricted to the top x percentage of the class? How do they have that info?
 

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My school does it soley by grades. No extracurriculars, no board scores. Top 13 students get in Junior AOA, Next 23 get in Senior AOA.
 

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fuzzyerin said:
My school does it soley by grades. No extracurriculars, no board scores. Top 13 students get in Junior AOA, Next 23 get in Senior AOA.

Damn... That's a lot of students getting into AOA!
 
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