|2004 President: Wayne Kelley |
I’m very excited to serve as President of the South Carolina Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha for the 2004-2005 academic year. The MUSC chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society has earned the reputation as one of the premier chapters in the nation. We have a long tradition of being one of the most active chapters in AOA. I would like to continue this tradition and improve upon it. We are a well organized and motivated group. Our chapter has many ongoing projects that we will continue and we have room for more projects.
The mission statement of AOA --“worthy to serve the suffering”—implies that service to school and community should stand as the cornerstone for all AOA related activities. Now that we have inducted our new members it is time to get to work. We have formed committees to help distribute the work. Our main service project is currently the Each One Reach One (EORO). EORO is a dedicated support group for children who have recently lost a family member. The group meets on a monthly basis, and the children are escorted to various events within the community. The monthly service project is dedicated to educating faculty members at local elementary schools on “Common Medical Problems Encountered in the Classroom.” A slideshow is presented to teachers and psychologists at several schools within the Charleston community. As a fun event each year MUSC faculty and students join to play a game of Medical Jeopardy. We also have an inter-chapter jeopardy match with USC designed to foster camaraderie between the two chapters. We have won this event for two years straight and we need to keep our streak alive and make it three in a role, go for the turkey baby. Each year in April we have a Spring Banquet.
We also have other events that we participate in, for example; AIDS symposium, orientation for incoming third years “Introduction to the Clinical Years”, CV workshop, and other community projects. All these events and others are posted on this website.
One of our biggest goals this year should be to get more people involved. We need to spread the word about our chapter to all AOA members; attendings, residents, and faculty. Most AOA members elected outside of MUSC are not accustomed to having an active chapter, so we need to get them involved in our chapter. We also need to stay involved with the organization as medical students. I look forward to working with you all and especially our new members. If you have any ideas for improvement or community projects please let me know. Thank you and see you all soon.