William Webster Root, College of Physicians and Surgeons student and founder of AΩA.
Welcome to the Alpha Omega Alpha-Alpha Chapter of Illinois. AΩA is a professional medical honor society founded in 1902 by William Webster Root and five other medical students at the Illinois College of Physicians and Surgeons, which later became the University of Illinois College of Medicine. The society quickly spread and now has 120 chapters throughout the U.S.
The mission of AΩA is to recognize and advocate for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. As stated in the AΩA National Constitution,
"Alpha Omega Alpha is organized for educational purposes exclusively and not for profit, and its aims shall be the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools, the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and the recognition of high attainment in medical science, practice, and related fields."
Please use the links at left to learn more about the history of our chapter, the selection process, chapter members, chapter awards, downloads, and more.