School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha initiates new members
Initiates of the class of 2007, along with alumnus Richard Hart, MD, DrPH (far left), chancellor of Loma Linda University, receive their certificates of membership to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
The Loma Linda University School of Medicine Epsilon Chapter of California of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society held its annual banquet on February 26.
The society inducted 26 new members into the chapter, including 24 of the graduating students from the class of 2007, one alumnus, Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor of Loma Linda University, and one faculty member, David Swope, MD.
“I want to congratulate everyone on being elected into Alpha Omega Alpha,” stated Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, and continued to offer four tips to the seniors preparing to begin their medical career.
Dr. Hadley encouraged them to take a fellowship immediately after residency. He asked them to follow teaching if it energizes them. He told them that if research fascinates them, get good at it. And whatever they may be, they should all grow their talents.
After dinner and Dr. Hadley’s remarks during a brief slide show, the keynote speaker, Stephen McPhee, MD, professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, provided a keynote address of a different sort, sharing poetry with the 2007 initiates that he has found helpful in dealing with palliative care patients.
Dr. McPhee spent an hour with the group reciting and sharing poems about life and death, about the costs and joys of being human.
The new initiates into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society from Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine Class of 2007 were:
By Preston Clarke Smith