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Alpha Omega Cleveland Alumni Chapter

In 1907, patience and perseverance had been the principal refuge for Jewish dental students in an era of anti-religious feelings and actions. At the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia and the University of Maryland School of Dental Medicine, two groups of students joined together to protect their interests and to fight discrimination and in doing this, they created Alpha Omega. Little did they know but their efforts have created a lasting imprint on AO members to this day. The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is the oldest international dental organization and the oldest international Jewish medical organization.

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 Vision, Mission, and Values are guided by our three tenets of professionalism, fraternalism, and commitment to Judaic values.

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.

We are particularly proud of our own Cleveland Alumni Chapter in existence for many years. With at least two dinner meetings per year plus our famous AO DAY, we offer the scientific and comradery that is missing in many organizations. Since we are fortunate to have a dental school in Cleveland, we enjoy the mutual support from the faculty and students. We also feature our AO Study Club which also has 4 meetings per year and an opportunity to gain insight to all phases of dentistry and to learn from peers. We welcome new members from all religions.

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