Chosen for their academics and service, 14 medical students are elected to the USF chapter of the AOA national honor society

A select 14 students from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Class of 2015 were recently elected to the USF chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor medical society.

Chosen from the top quartile of their class, the group is also elected for leadership among their peers, professionalism and sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community.

The newly elected USF students are:

Rachel Diane Appelbaum

Jonathan Braue

Jae Chung

Kevin Cronin

Brittany Diane Darragh

Michael Irick

Kirk Jeffers

Stephen Mayper

Jessica Ashley Rainey

Jason Ricciuti

Eric Warren Rudnick

Sean Spence

Jaimie Weber

Amanda Zimmerman


These students will be inducted at the AOA Gamma Chapter annual spring banquet.

The 14 join the nine others who were prestigiously elected in their junior year. They are:

Justin Abbatemarco

Stephen Aradi

Michael Cameron

Christopher Centonze

Jennifer Harb, AOA Gamma Chapter Vice President, Class of 2015

Andrew Hayden, AOA Gamma Chapter President, Class of 2015

Thomas Hayman

Grey Leonard

Christopher Russell


In addition, the following alumni, faculty and residents were elected:

Alumnus: Dr. Eric Elster.

Faculty: Dr. Sharon Dabrow, Dr. Richard Roetzheim, and Dr. Mark Rumbak.

Residents: Dr. Brian Orr, Dr. Nishit Patel, Dr. Nancy Rihana, and Dr. Sara Saporta.


Membership in AOA is considered to be one of the highest academic honors a student can receive and is a distinction that accompanies a physician throughout his or her career, said Catherine M. Lynch, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, associate vice president Women’s Health and Councilor for the AOA Gamma Chapter.

Founded in 1902, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is the only national honor society for medicine in the United States, with 123 chapters.  AOA exists to promote scholarship and research in medical schools, encourage a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and recognize high attainment in medical science, practice, and related fields.

The AOA Gamma Florida Chapter at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine was established in 1976.