Honorary Organizations

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

Junior and senior medical students are selected for AOA membership based on scholastic achievement, first and foremost, followed by leadership capabilities, fairness with colleagues, history of research, potential for achievement, and record of service to both the University and the community at large. Once selected, members are expected to continue to promote scholarship and service through participation in a wide range of community activities and educational programs.

Chris Leba christopher.leba@utsouthwestern.edu
Lorel Huelsmann lorel.huelsmann@utsouthwestern.edu

Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

Started at UT Southwestern in the summer 2015, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) established the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) in 2002 as a signature program to recognize medical students, residents, and faculty who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. The UTSW chapter of GHHS is a collaboration of students and physicians that aims to embrace these principles in our clinical practice and everyday lives. We bring awareness to the humanistic aspect of medicine by hosting humanism rounds, disaster relief drives, and a Gold Humanism Week. We also place great emphasis on the value of patient-doctor relationships through poster portraits and creating handmade cards for our patients at Parkland, Clements, and Children’s hospitals. In addition, we hope to create The Gold Guide to UTSW, a one-stop resource for students of all years to access information and crowd-sourced tips based on the experiences of upperclassmen on everything from where to live, study aids, the ins and outs of each specialty, and life in Dallas. GHHS is built on the understanding that physicians play a huge role in not only their patients’ lives, but also each other’s lives. Never forget what you do and who you do it for. These are people who we can help, and we should never forget that.

Romero Santiago romero.santiago@utsouthwestern.edu
Saundra Nguyen saundra.nguyen@utsouthwestern.edu

Southwestern Medical Student Research Society (SMSRS)

Founded in spring 2010, the mission of the Southwestern Medical Student Research Society is to foster the personal and professional development of medical student researchers through an educational and collaborative community.

Tom Ju Tom.Ju@utsouthwestern.edu