The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is the oldest international dental organization. Alpha Omega (AO) also has the distinction of being the oldest international Jewish medical organization.
AO was founded at the University of Maryland School of Dental Medicine in 1907 by a group of dental students. During those times, Jewish students were not permitted to form social groups so the Maryland students formed AO to fight discrimination. Little did they know but their efforts have created a lasting imprint on AO members to this day. Discrimination is not as prevalent but it still occurs.
The AO international community is comprised of over 100 alumni and students chapters in ten countries. AO is an inclusive organization that welcomes people from all cultural backgrounds but our Vision, Mission, and Values are guided by our three tenets of professionalism, fraternalism, and commitment to Judaic values.
Alpha Omega Vision: An international Jewish dental organization striving to enrich the lives of its members.
Alpha Omega Mission: To enhance the dental profession and lives of dental professionals worldwide by promoting and supporting ideals of global oral health, education, and the bonds of fraternity.
Alpha Omega Values: Commitment, Integrity, Family, Global Oral Health, Inclusivity, Leadership, and Social Justice.
AO embraces the spirit of Tikkun Olam, or healing the world through charitable endeavors. As healers, our dentist and dental student members strive to make their communities better. AO strives to connect our members through our chapter meetings, international conventions, leadership seminars, and charitable projects.
In January 2015, AO, in partnership with Henry Schein Cares, is launching the AO/HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program in nine North American cities. Our members are volunteering to help treat this deserving population that has dental needs that are unmet. This program truly embraces the generous spirit of our members and the willingness to help others in need.