Sheryl Pfeil, MD, has been elected to the national Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Board of Directors for 2012. The AOA Honor Medical Society was founded in 1902 and is an organization dedicated to honoring academic achievement, professionalism and exceptional teaching in the field of medicine. A member of AOA espouses the commitment to leadership, scholarship, professionalism and service in the medical field.
Dr. Pfeil will serve a three-year renewable term on the Board. Her appointment caps off a longtime membership in and commitment to AOA. She was first elected to AOA as a medical student and currently serves as the OSU chapter faculty advisor. In reflecting on those two capacities, she says, “Now to be able to have a role on a broader level is really exciting. The Board is charged with the leadership of AOA and is comprised of respected physicians from across the country.”
AOA supports programs that benefit all medical students and the medical community at large, a significant facet of its mission that Dr. Pfeil values greatly. While AOA is selective in its membership, its resources are applied broadly and for the greater benefit of the collective medical community. AOA awards more than $575,000 annually to fund programs such as medical student research grants, visiting professorships, medical student service leadership projects and teaching awards.
With the pride and humility befitting an individual committed to a life of providing care for both her patients and students, Dr. Pfeil feels privileged to accept this honor and notes, “AOA promotes excellence, so to be part of this society that promotes all things great in our profession is very exciting.”