The History of Alpha Epsilon Delta
On April 28, 1926, fifteen premedical students at the University of Alabama met with Dr. Jack Montgomery, premedical advisor and professor of organic chemistry to formalize the organization of a new premedical honor society. Baylor University, Samford University, The University of Texas, and the University of South Carolina established chapters in 1928/29. At the first national convention at the University of Alabama on April 18, 1930, ten members representing five chapters and one petitioning group were in attendance. From these modest beginnings, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) has today become the largest honor society exclusively serving preprofessional health students, with a membership exceeding 150,000 in 189 chapters. The Society is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit, educational organization.
Alpha Epsilon Delta is The National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. Our Society welcomes ALL students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community.
AED functions both as an honor society and service organization. This dual role is reflected in the societal structure and chapter activities.
Membership in AED is an honor bestowed upon a student in recognition of superior scholastic achievement, and affords an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership, and self-education through participation in the activities of the Chapter and Society.
There are two categories of AED National Membership- Student and Honorary.
A Student Member is a person preparing for a career in a health profession, has completed at least three semesters of preprofessional health work (with the minimum scholastic requirements as described in the Constitution), has been initiated into the Society, paid the national membership fee, and has been registered with the National Office. A Student Member becomes an AED Alumnus upon graduation.
An Honorary Member is an individual who AED has chosen to honor-- an advisor, educator, science/medical professional, or others.
All AED members are encouraged to participate in the activities of their local chapter and the Society at large. Each member receives all AED Publications, e.g., The Scalpel.
Chapter activities include meetings with subjects of interest and benefit to students. Presenters include faculty members, healthcare professionals, personnel from professional school and others. Topics may include freshman orientation, professional program admissions, member experiences, field trips, and many others.
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