School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha initiates new members
Twenty-four students from the School of Medicine graduating class of 2006 were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha on February 27.
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 27. The society inducted 29 new members into the chapter, including 24 of the graduating students from the class of 2006, three residents, and two faculty members.
“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, become good at it. And whatever they may be, they should all grow their talents.
Following dinner, Dr. Hadley’s remarks, and a brief slide show, keynote speaker, Leonard Bailey, MD, chair of the department of surgery, offered a unique metaphor for life to the chapter members—one he adapted from his dentist brother.
“You brush and floss the teeth you want to keep,” said Dr. Bailey. “So brush and floss and buff and shine the elements you want to keep in your life as physicians.
“When I think of the actual potential in this room, I tend to think big.”
Dr. Bailey continued by examining key areas. He encouraged the seniors to ask why and why not often during their careers. To keep the mind engaged is key, he said.
“Your relationships are the essence of your lives,” said Dr. Bailey. He asked the students to take the time to cultivate them.
He admonished the students to watch their own health. Without it, they would be unable to help others needing the same care.
“Don’t neglect your spirit either,” said Dr. Bailey. “Being a doctor is about the reward of giving,” he said.
By Preston Clarke Smith
AOA president Richard Catalano, MD (far left), and Sarah Roddy, MD (far right), AOA councillor, pose for a picture with new faculty initiates Donald Moores, MD, and Vilma Torres, MD.
From left, Dr. Roddy poses with resident initiates Lincoln Maynes, MD, and Wesley Tait Stevens, MD, and Dr. Catalano.