AOA Membership Selection

AOA Membership Selection 2017-03-30T11:13:19+00:00

AΩA Calculation Process

The University of Illinois College of Medicine does not rank its students.  However, calculation of academic performance of students is required for AΩA. A student will only be included once in each selection calculation.

​Senior Student Criteria

  1. The top 50% of students are identified at each campus (note: students must have completed five of the six core clerkships to be considered for Senior. The calculation process includes:
    1. the summation of the first attempt final percent score in each basic science discipline, weighted by its respective credit hours, as described below in item A in the “Mathematics of the Calculation”
    2. Core Clerkship final grades, weighted by their respective credit hours/weeks credit, as described below in item C in the “Mathematics of the Calculation”.

Example:

Chicago:  The Medicine Core Clerkship is worth 12 of the 44 total Core Clerkship credit hours in the Chicago curriculum.  When all 6 Core Clerkships are included in the calculation, Medicine would be weighted at .2727.

Urbana:   The Medicine Core Clerkship is worth 12 of the 48 total Core Clerkship credit hours in the Chicago curriculum.  When all 6 Core Clerkships are included in the calculation, Medicine would be weighted at .25.

Peoria:  The Medicine Core Clerkship is worth 12 of the 48 total Core Clerkship credit hours in the Chicago curriculum.  When all 6 Core Clerkships are included in the calculation, Medicine would be weighted at .25.

Rockford:   The Medicine Core Clerkship is worth 12 of the 48 total Core Clerkship credit hours in the Chicago curriculum.  When all 6 Core Clerkships are included in the calculation, Medicine would be weighted at .25.

  1. Students placed in the top 50% at each campus, based on the calculation in item #1, are combined into a college-wide pool.  Processed for each student is a calculation including:
    1. USMLE Step 1 score, first attempt, weighted at 50%,
    2. summation of posted Core Clerkship Subject Exam scores, first attempt, weighted by their respective credit hours/weeks credit, where the total sum is weighted at 50%, as described in item C in the “Mathematics of the Calculation”. .

The top 12% of the candidates are recommended for selection for Senior AΩA, excluding students inducted as Junior AΩA.

Junior Student Criteria

  1. The top 50% of students participating in the M3 curriculum are identified at each campus.  The calculation process includes:
    1. summation of the first attempt final percent score in each basic science discipline, weighted by their respective credit hours, as described below in item A in the “Mathematics of the Calculation”.

Example:

Chicago:  Medical Human Anatomy/Embryology is worth 7 of the total 36 credit hours in the Chicago M-1 curriculum.  Therefore, students’ Medical Human Anatomy/Embryology scores are weighted at .18.

Urbana:  Medical Human Anatomy is worth 6 of the total 34 credit hours in the Urbana M-1 curriculum.  Therefore, students’ Medical Human Anatomy scores are weighted at .18.

Peoria:  Pathology/Infection/Immunity is worth 7 of the total 44 credit hours in the Peoria M-2 curriculum.  Therefore, students’ Pathology/Infection/Immunity scores are weighted at .16.

Rockford:  General & System Pathology is worth 10 of the total 46 credit hours in the Rockford M-2 curriculum.  Therefore, students’ General & System Pathology scores are weighted at .22.

  1. Students placed in the top 50% at each campus, based on the calculation above, are combined into a college-wide pool.  Processed for each student is a calculation based on:
    1. USMLE Step 1 score, first attempt.

The top 4% of the candidates are recommended for selection for Junior AΩA.

MATHEMATICS OF THE AΩA CALCULATION FOR ELIGIBILITY

NOTE: AΩA calculation will be revisited for the students in class years that have Pass/Fail grading (starting with the M1 year in AY 2016-2017).

  1. M-1 and M-2 Basic Science Final Scores (used in criteria #1 calculations)Calculation of the total weighted basic science score is based on the sum of discipline final scores, first attempt only, multiplied by their respective discipline weight.Students who do not have a final score for a discipline, but have a final grade, are assigned a final score as follows: O=100, ADV=75, S=75, PR(Proficient)=50, U=0 and NR=0. *
    • *For Chicago’s Essentials of Clinical Medicine course, total weighted percentile scores are used based on all scored components of the course.

    Disciplines not included in the calculation are: Rural Med, Clinical Skills and Family Medicine Pre-Clinical Experience, taken during the M-1 and M-2 year.

    (Students who transfer into the College will not have their Basic Science final scores calculated.)

  2. USMLE Step 1 (used in criteria #2 calculation)The first attempt score for USMLE Step 1 is multiplied by the component weight. For Seniors the component weight is 50 percent and for Juniors the component weight is 100 percent.
  3. M-3 Core Clerkships (only included as part of calculation for Senior selection)Each student must have completed five of the six core clerkships to be eligible. All completed Clerkships are weighted as a total of 100 percent.The final grade scores are assigned as follows: O=100, ADV=80, PR=53, and U=0.

    The total weighted core clerkship final grade score is the sum of the final grade score multiplied by the weighted credit hours. These scores are used in Senior AΩA calculation in criteria #1.

    The total subject exam score is the sum of the subject exam score multiplied by the weighted credit hours. These scores are used in Senior AΩA calculation in criteria #2. *

    • *For NBME Subject Exams taken in AY 2014 and prior, the score will be adjusted to the percent correct score that the NBME began reporting AY 2015-2016.

Updated by The Registrar’s Office for the College of Medicine, 08/24/2016

NON-ACADEMIC CRITERIA

In 2011, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (Alpha Chapter) at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine implemented non-academic criteria in addition to the primary academic component of AOA consideration.

The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society was founded here at what was formerly called the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago in 1902. The honor society has always served to recognize high academic achievement while at the same time encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community. We are very proud of the tradition of selecting AOA members based on rigid objective criteria, with academics being the primary criterion. The addition of the non-academic criteria has further added to the quality of the students selected. The AOA Chapter requires nominees to meet non-academic standards as described in the charter:

  1. Leadership among peers
  2. Professionalism and ethics
  3. Promise of future success in medicine
  4. Commitment to service to the school and community

 

The academic criteria is calculated by the College of Medicine, and is described in detail here. Once non-academic performance is verified in conjunction with the academic achievement, those students will be officially invited into AOA membership.

In keeping with the tradition of AOA, academic performance will remain the primary determinant of invitation to the honor society. The non-academic criteria ensures that all AOA members are well-rounded, humanistic leaders.

Please click here to view the non-academic form.