The University of Alabama

Medical Students at UA Elected to Honor Society

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Five University of Alabama School of Medicine students were elected as members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

The students, all in their fourth-year of medical school and receiving clinical training at the UA College of Community Health Sciences, are: Jonathan Black of Monroeville; Nicholas Deep of Birmingham; Jessica Grayson of Fayette; Kevin Greer of Sylacauga; 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. Up to 16 percent may be elected based on leadership, character, community service and professionalism.

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 UA School of Medicine, the College of Community Health Sciences provides clinical education to approximately 70 third- 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.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.