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Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

Mission Statement: AOA is dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by:

  • recognizing high educational achievement,
  • honoring gifted teaching,
  • encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community,
  • supporting the ideals of humanism, and
  • promoting service to others. 

Nomination/Selection 

A selection committee composed of School of Medicine deans and faculty meets yearly to consider fourth year students based on their clerkship grades and their USMLE Step 1 score. Students will be considered if their Step 1 score is above the national average. Students who are in the top 25% of their class academically are assessed further on leadership abilities, professionalism, service, teaching and research. The AOA allows each chapter to nominate up to one-sixth of the class for membership. 

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to recognize individuals, nominated by their peers, as exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine.  The GHHS’ goal is to promote humanistic values and behaviors in medicine. Members of the society are committed to working within and beyond medical education to inspire, nurture and sustain lifelong advocates and activists for patient-centered care.

The GHHS Selection Committee consists of members of leadership of the School of Medicine, faculty members and additional administrative staff. (In the future, the Committee may choose to add GHHS members to this Selection Committee.) After compiling data from the GHHS nominee questionnaire, the students in the top 20-25% of the class will be evaluated for academic standing. Second, the eligible students will be presented to the Selection Committee. Student candidates will be evaluated based on their questionnaire results, data from their CVs, and comments from formative and summative evaluations throughout the four years of their medical education. The Selection Committee will then select up to 15% of the class to be recognized as a part of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. After the final decision, students will be notified by the Office of Student Affairs and it will be announced to the School of Medicine community.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. 

Graduation with Distinction in Research

Students who have completed a significant piece of scholarly work are eligible for graduation with Distinction in Research. A subcommittee of the Student Advancement Committee determines whether a particular student will graduate with this honor. The annual Scholarship Day's program includes recognition of those graduating with Distinction in Research. 

Graduation and Departmental Awards

Each year, representatives from Northwell Health and the School of Medicine nominate students that are eligible for internal awards. Nominees are brought to the Dean of the School of Medicine, who selects students to receive these honors. Graduation and Departmental Awards are presented at a small ceremony prior to Commencement Day.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who demonstrates academic excellence and exemplifies what it is to be a future physician leader. This award is chosen by the Dean of the Zucker School of Medicine.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who has played an active part as a Student Council member for the majority of their time at medical school. A recommendation is made by the president of the Faculty Council for this award.

In memory of Branson Sparks, a member of the inaugural class, this honor is awarded to a fourth year student who has demonstrated qualities and characteristics that embody humanistic values supported by the Gold Humanism Foundation. A recommendation is made by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for this award.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during anesthesia rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Anesthesia.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during emergency medicine rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Emergency Medicine.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during family medicine rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Family Medicine.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during medicine rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Internal Medicine.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during neurology rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Neurology.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during pediatrics rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Pediatrics.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during radiology rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Radiology.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during surgery rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Surgery.

This honor is awarded to a fourth year student who excels during urology rotations in the Second 100 Weeks. A recommendation is made by the Chair of Urology.


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