Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society: A Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Service in the Profession of Medicine

Richard L. Byyny, Dee Martinez, Lynn Cleary, Billy Ballard, Bradley E. Barth, Sean Christensen, Wetona Eidson-Ton, Dagoberto Estevez-Ordonez, Jack Fuhrer, J. Mark Kinzie, Amy L. Lee, Catherine Lynch, Sheryl Pfeil, Ellie Schoenbaum

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With a motto of "Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering," Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) supports the importance, inclusion, and development of a culturally and ethnically diverse medical profession with equitable access for all. The underrepresentation of minorities in medical schools and medicine continues to be a challenge for the medical profession, medical education, and AΩA. AΩA has worked, and continues to work, to ensure the development of diverse leaders, fostering within them the objectivity and equity to be inclusive servant leaders who understand and embrace diversity in all its forms. Inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds benefits patient care, population health, education, and scientific discovery. AΩA values an inclusive, diverse, fair, and equitable work and learning environment for all and supports the medical profession in its work to achieve a welcoming, inclusive environment in teaching, learning, caring for patients, and collaboration. The diversity of medical schools is changing and will continue to change. AΩA is committed to continuing to work with its members, medical school deans, and AΩA chapters to assure that AΩA elections are unbiased and based on the values of AΩA and the profession of medicine in service to patients and the profession. Progress toward diversity, inclusion, and equity is more than simply checking off a box or responding to criticism - it is about being and developing diverse excellent physicians. AΩA and all those in the medical profession must continue to guide medicine to be unbiased, open, accepting, inclusive, and culturally aware in order to "Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-673
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020

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