Upon matriculation, all students are sorted into one of eight advisory colleges named after some of Colorado's 58 14ers (mountains that are 14,000 feet or higher). These colleges are comprised of students from all four years of medical school.
Advisory colleges encourage camaraderie, emotional and academic support, and peer mentorship.
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the National Honor Medical Society, was organized in 1902 by students at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago for medical students who have excelled academically and have shown promise of becoming leaders in the profession. Scholastic achievement must be balanced by other personal qualities such as leadership, fairness, compassion, integrity and service.
Junior AOA is selected in the spring of the students' junior year. Honors points from the first and second year of medical school are considered. Senior AOA is selected in August/September of senior year, and honors points from the first, second and third year of medical school are considered. To be considered for AOA, students must sign a release before selection and submit a CV.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine honor code aims are to instill and maintain ethical and honest behavior in medical students and to create an institution where unethical and dishonest behaviors do not exist.
The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which was established in 2001-2002 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Trustees, is to recognize individuals who are
exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models in medicine.
The power of the society brings them together to sustain their own humanism and to inspire
and nurture humanism in others. The Society is organized under the auspices of the foundation, and, as such, financial support of the Society shall be provided by the foundation through its annual budget and with funds raised specifically for the
Society through endowment, annual campaign and voluntary foundation membership dues.