Alpha Epsilon Delta at Auburn University provides the opportunity for students at Auburn to become educated about the doctoral and allied health professions, from the responsibilities and daily routine of various health care providers to how to become a competitive applicant to professional schools. In addition, AED strives to promote a service-oriented atmosphere among its members and encourages students to engage in various community service and volunteer activities. Attendance is NOT limited to members only. AED specifically encourages students who are not members to become actively involved. Guest speakers range from admissions deans and health care providers to current medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy and pharmacy students.
AED also serves as a means of communication between the pre-health advising office and Auburn students. Information and announcements distributed by AED’s LISTSERV keep students updated about events and opportunities on campus and in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Such events include health professions interviews in the spring, the Pre‐Professional Advisory Committee (PPAC) beginning in January, and practice MCATs, DATs, and OATs.
The objectives of AED are to encourage and recognize excellence in premedical scholarship; to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of pre-health education in the study of medicine; to promote cooperation and contacts between pre-health students and educators in developing an adequate program of pre-health education; to bind together students with similar interests; and to use its resources for the benefit of health organizations, charities, and the community.
Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national honor society for students preparing for careers in medicine, dental medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometric medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, and allied health professions. It is an affiliated society of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
The first chapter of AED was founded in 1926 at the University of Alabama. Today AED is the world’s largest organization devoted to premedical education, with about 108,000 members in 168 chapters. Founded in 1932, the Alabama Gamma chapter at Auburn University was the eighth chapter to be chartered by AED.