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 student chapters in ten countries. AO is an inclusive organization that welcomes people from all cultural backgrounds but our Mission, Vision, and Values are guided by our three tenets of professionalism, fraternalism and commitment to Judaic values.
To offer dentists, oral health professionals and students a welcoming fraternal community that honors the organization’s Judaic heritage, provides opportunities to attain professional excellence and promotes access to oral health care for all.
Alpha Omega envisions communities where everyone has access to oral health care and whose members can contribute to the well-being of others.
Integrity: Acknowledging and demonstrating that our core values guide our commitments and actions;
Compassion & Inclusion: Engaging all who share our core values to participate in our efforts to realize our vision;
Generosity: Sharing our knowledge, skills and resources to promote oral health as well as personal and professional growth.
Establishing and nurturing high-trust networks and relationships to realize our full potential for personal growth and professional achievement. Providing avenues for oral health professionals to contribute to improve the health and well-being of their local and global communities.
AO welcomes new members into the community. Please contact Heidi Weber, Executive Director, for more information.