Upon matriculation, all students are sorted into one of six 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.
COMPASS 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.
selection processes for CUSOM were reviewed and amended in 2021 in an effort to
increase the diversity of each AOA class, and promote a more objective
application selection process. The AOA Reform Committee worked with The Office
of Diversity and Inclusion, and collaborated with students and faculty to
improve our selection processes. To promote transparency, the considerations
for AOA at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are outlined below.
Those who are in the first and second quartile who have received at least 50%
honors weeks in their clinical year will be eligible to apply.
The application will consist of a standardized CV and essay that are evaluated
in a blinded manner.
Each application will be evaluated based on academic performance, leadership,
scholarship, and volunteer activities while in medical school. These categories
will be individually scored and then combined for a composite score.
The academic score will be generated from the dean’s office. Other indicators
of academics such as USMLE scores will not be taken into account.
The essay will be used to further understand how the applicant’s mission aligns
with AOA’s ideals.
Each applicant will fill out a standardized CV and transfer the information to
our RedCap survey to facilitate data collection and blinding for the committee.
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.