"Be worthy to Serve the Suffering" Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Key Background

Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant

Past Recipients & Program Summaries:

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

2018 Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is committed to preparing future leaders in medicine and health care. In that spirit we are pleased to announce the 2018 Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant winners.

In alphabetical order by school:

Baylor College of Medicine

Title of project: The Baylor College of Medicine Refugee Health Education Initiative: Leadership Development through Service

Students: Geneva White, Grace Gannon, Elizabeth Adams, Abigail Garbarino

Mentors: Dr. Jill D'Souza, Dr. Daniel Chelius, Dr. Ellis Arjmand, Dr. Ellen Friedman, Dr. Larry Hollier, Dr. Jean Raphael, and Dr. Teri Turner

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Title of project: Building a Leadership Consortium Across Chicagoland Free Clinics

Students: Stephanie Bi, Annie Zhang, Phillip Hsu, Lukas Matern

Mentors: Dr. Karen Kim and Dr. James Woodruff

University of Michigan Medical School

Title of Project: Med Educational Consulting Group (Med E.C.G.)

Students: David Portney, Paige VonAchen, Taylor Standiford, Daniel Semaan, Matt Carey

Mentors: Dr. David Fessell, Dr. Kate Klein, Dr. Michael Englesbe

The award is a $9000, 3 year grant with each winning team's medical school to receive $5,000 the first year, $3,000 the second year, and $1,000 the third year. Congratulations to all teams that applied.

Download the announcement and checklist

To support leadership development for medical students.

Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to preparing future leaders in medicine and health care. Leadership is about making a positive difference and can be learned through education, observation, and experience, and working with leader mentors. Service learning may provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop as servant leaders. Only one team from each school may be nominated.

The Grant
The grant is a three-year grant with each winning team’s medical school/institution to receive $5,000 the first year, $3,000 the second year, and $1,000 the third year. The grant will be paid to the sponsoring institution. Payee name must be included in the application. No indirect costs will be paid

  • A team of students at a school with an AΩA chapter or association. Teams with AΩA members serving as team leaders will be given priority consideration.
  • Proposals with matching institutional or dean’s funds also will be given priority consideration.
  • Only one grant may be awarded to an institution every three years.
  • Applications must be for new projects with the potential to generate future support from the medical school or other sources, not supplemental funding for existing programs. A new component of an existing program is eligible.
  • All AΩA members in the submission packet must have active status.


  • A service learning project for an underserved population, e.g., the indigent, immigrants, homeless, etc., or a service project related to professionalism in the school, hospital, or clinic.
  • A description about how the program, mentor, and service learning experience will teach leadership.
  • A detailed description of the ways in which the project will incorporate leadership development into the curriculum / experience.
  • A detailed description of regular team meetings with the mentor related to leadership, service, and reflection.
  • Submission of an annual progress report for each year, and a final report to the AΩA National Office upon completion of the third year.
  • Funding for the second- and third-year is contingent on acceptance of the report for the previous year's work.

Dates for application

2/01/2018 Application from the AΩA Councilor to the AΩA National Office
4/02/2018 AΩA National Office announces awards
2/28/2019 First-year progress report due to the National Office, including budget
2/28/2020 Second-year progress report (+ budget) due
2/28/2021 Third-year progress report (+ budget) due

Application to the Councilor
The Councilor and his/her selection committee will choose the proposal judged to be the most promising and with a high probability of completion. The following must be submitted:

  1. The completed checklist (Download here).
  2. A four-page description of the project with a detailed budget written by the student team leader. Details of the role of the students in project preparation and execution must be provided.
  3. Description of the team and team leaders and leadership components, including ways in which students will have opportunities to develop leadership skills.
  4. Description of AΩA Chapter role in project (if applicable).
  5. Description of the role of the faculty mentor(s)/ advisor(s), and leadership curriculum for the students.
  6. A letter of support from the faculty mentor(s) that indicates the mentor's commitment of time and interest to the project, the students, and leadership development.
  7. Faculty mentor biosketch(es) (three to four pages).

Application to the National Office
The proposal selected by the Councilor must be sent to the National Office, and must include, in addition to the above items:

  • A letter of endorsement from the AΩA Councilor.
  • A Dean’s endorsement that comments on the student team leader’s achievements and potential, and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.
  • Commitment of matching funds by the Dean or school.
All materials must be submitted as a single PDF or a set of the PDFs in the format listed on the checklist. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. E-mail the application to msslp@alphaomegaalpha.org, no later than February 1, 2018.

More important information:
Contact Libby Appel at 720-859-4149 or by email at msslp@alphaomegaalpha.org

Updated on May 1, 2018.