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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 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.

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.

Our Mission:  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.

Our Vision: Alpha Omega envisions communities where everyone has access to oral health care and whose members can contribute to the well-being of others.

Our Values:  
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

Our Principles:
• Access to oral health and wellness
• Promoting social justice
• Tikun Olam (Repair an ailing world)

Community Outcomes:  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 wellbeing of their local and global communities.

Execution Strategies:
• Provide high-quality and diverse continuing education opportunities
• Nurture oral health care students by inclusion in alumni activities as well as mentorship by individual alumni
• Engage alumni families through locally hosted social gatherings
• Engage and welcome all dental professionals to share our vision and principles

Philanthropic Engagement:
• Raise awareness of the integral nature of the Alpha Omega Foundations, funds and trusts to the realization of our mission and vision, especially its support for dental education in Israel
• Increase awareness and advocate for improved access to oral health care throughout the world
• Partner with like-minded organizations to promote social justice and improve oral health, such as donating our time and talent for the care of Holocaust Survivors in need

AO welcomes new members into the community. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director, for more information.

50 W. Edmonston Drive #206 
Rockville, MD 20852 USA

Toll Free: (877) 368-6326
Direct: (301) 738-6400

Heidi Weber, Executive Director
E-Mail: hweber@ao.org


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