AOA Gamma Chapter welcomed newest inductees

Class of 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha Gamma Chapter at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine inductees.

The Alpha Omega Alpha Gamma Chapter at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine welcomed 26 new students into its ranks during an induction ceremony May 7.  The organization elects new members, chosen from the top students of the class, based on criteria of academic performance, leadership, service, and professionalism.  The top 15 percent of the class are chosen:

Class of 2018: Jourdan Elise Cooney Schmitz, MD; William Jin, MD; Min Kong, MD; Matthew Mills, MD; Raj Ashok Patel, MD; Yohan Perera, MD; Christopher Story, MD; Rose Tillis, MD; Cristina Calogero, MD; Christina Georgeades, MD; Alexandria Holmes, MD; John Petosa, MD; Joseph Wasselle, MD.

Class of 2019: Michael P. Carrol, Jr., James Denham, Paul Hannon, Stephen Malachowski, Patrick Mullen, Alexander Quattlebaum, Kevin Shah, Stephen Stachnik, Nicole Wood, Emily Duerr (LVHN), Elizabeth Guju (LVHN) Sudhir Manickavel (LVHN), Lauren Walheim (LVHN).

Class of 2019 Spring inductees into the Alpha Omega Alpha Gamma Chapter at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

The organization also welcomed its newest alumni, faculty, fellows and resident inductees during the ceremony:

Residents: Ushtar Amin, MD (Neurology); Emmanual Bassily, MD (Internal Medicine); Francesca Dimou, MD (Surgery); John Meriwether, MD (Cardiology);

Faculty: Marna Greenberg, DO, MPH (Vice Chair, Emergency Dept,  LVHN); Jorge Lockhart, MD (Chair, Urology); Byron Moran, MD (Internal Medicine, Sport Medicine);  Jaime Sanchez, MD (Colorectal Surgery)

Alumni: Jane Messina, MD (Class of 1988); Valerie Riddle, MD, FACP (Class of 1989); Deborah Trehy, MD (Class of 1978); Daniel Van Durme, MD, MPH (Class of 1986)

Before the event concluded chapter president Mark Bender, MD, and vice president Chelsea Wilson, MD, transferred their responsibilities to the new leaders of the chapter.  Nicole Wood was selected as the newest president with Stephen Malachowski selected as co-vice president, Core; and Sudhir Manickavel was chosen as co-vice president, SELECT.

Newly appointed chapter president Nicole Wood, with co-vice president Stephen Malachowski, Core (left) and Sudhir Manickavel, SELECT (right)

Membership in the national medical honor society AOA is considered one of the highest academic honors a student can receive and is a distinction that accompanies a physician throughout his or her career. AOA has132 chapters in medical schools across the United States. .

AOA exists to promote scholarship and research in medical schools, to encourage a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and to recognize high attainment in medical science, practice, and related fields.  The AOA Gamma Florida Chapter at Morsani College of Medicine was established in 1976.