Students Elected to Membership in Honor Medical Society

Five University of Alabama School of Medicine students who are receiving their clinical training at the College of Community Health Sciences were elected members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

The students, all in their fourth-year of medical school, are: Jonathan Black of Monroeville, Ala.; Nicholas Deep of Birmingham, Ala.; Jessica Grayson of Fayette, Ala.; Kevin Greer of Sylacauga, Ala.; and Chris Rigell of Andersonville, Tenn.

Alpha Omega Alpha is a professional medical organization that recognizes excellence in scholarship as well as outstanding commitment and dedication to caring for others. The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the honor society, and up to 16 percent may be elected based on leadership, character, community service and professionalism.

“We are so proud of these students. They really do represent the ‘best of the best’ in our medical school,” says Heather Taylor, MD, the College’s associate director of Medical Student Affairs. “Election into Alpha Omega Alpha is truly a prestigious honor. It not only means you have excelled academically but that a group of your peers is recognizing your contributions to the school and your potential to be a leader in the field of medicine.”

Greer, who is interested in Anesthesiology and who earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama, says he is honored to have been elected and “very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study medicine at The University of Alabama and participate in clinical rotations on the Tuscaloosa campus. I feel that these experiences have provided a great foundation for residency training and the practice of medicine.”

Rigell says he was both excited and humbled when he learned he had been elected. “My classmates are all very talented and diligent, which makes receiving this distinction truly an honor.” Rigell, who is interested in pursuing Internal Medicine, received his undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology from Vanderbilt University.

About 3,000 students, alumni and faculty are elected to Alpha Omega Alpha each year. The society has 120 chapters in medical schools throughout the United States and has elected more than 150,000 members since its founding in 1902.

In its role as a branch campus of The University of Alabama School of Medicine, the College provides clinical education to approximately 70third- and fourth-year medical students. The students complete the first two years of basic sciences courses at the School of Medicine’s main campus in Birmingham, and then complete clinical rotations on the Tuscaloosa campus in the departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery.

Since its founding in 1972, more than 760 medical students have received their third and fourth years of training at the College. The College also operates one of the oldest and most productive Family Medicine residencies in the country.