Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is a national honor society for students interested in careers in health care professions, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, medical technology, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, heatlh information management, and others. The Kansas Alpha chapter of AED at KSU is both a club for students interested in learning more about health careers and preparing for health careers, and an honor society for students who have met certain criteria for initiation. All members participate in bi-monthly meetings, perform campus and community service, and learn from invited speakers.
First Meeting: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
AED Meets Bi-Monthly: The first Tuesday and the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Union 206.
Thursday, January 22: Speaker TBA.
Tuesday, February 3: Dr. Devine.
Thursday, February 19: Speaker TBA.
Tuesday, March 3: Speaker TBA.
First part of March: AED Initiation at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 26: Speaker TBA.
Tuesday, April 7: Speaker TBA.
Thursday, April 23: Officer Elections, Speaker TBA.
New Officer's Meeting in May.
Initiation of members is based upon the completion of requirements both at the national and chapter levels. These include:
Continued membership requirements are as follows:
Associate Membership is available to those who do not yet qualify for initiation. A $10 Associate Member Fee is required each academic year for this membership.
Take a look at our latest Scalpel Report, written by Caitie Palko!
The 2007 fall semester began a great academic year for the Kansas Alpha chapter at Kansas State University. Activities were plentiful in way of service, campus involvement, and pre-professional education. With a successful social event to welcome back current members and to inform potential members, the Kansas State AED chapter introduced over thirty new students to the benefits of AED membership.
Throughout the semester, Kansas Alpha members could be found volunteering at numerous community programs including Blood Drives, Relay for Life, the Manhattan Boys and Girls Club, Mercy Regional Health Center, middle school tutoring programs, Habitat for Humanity projects, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital fundraisers.
At our general meetings, members listened to a wide range of speakers. At our first gathering, students were taught what it takes to be a competitive applicant to professional schools. We also had the honor of listening to an ER physician, Dr. Matt Foster, who gave us perspective into his exciting career. Dr. Michael Tran, a podiatrist, spoke about his enjoyment in treating patients with feet and ankle problems and how important foot care is to one's overall health. He informed us that podiatrists might specialize in an array of fields such as sports medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and geriatrics. In an October meeting, members learned about radiation oncology as method of treating cancer. Dr. Reitz presented this lecture including how a profession that deals so much with death has helped him appreciate life. He reminded us to be thankful for life's little pleasures and for our good health. AED continued the tradition of inviting a medical student panel from KU's School of Medicine to answer student questions and provide us with an insider's look into the life of a medical student.
The Kansas Alpha Chapter had a productive Fall 2007 semester and looks forward to what the New Year will bring!