The Student Council consists of the student body officers, the four class presidents and presidents of student organizations. Its primary responsibility is to deal with the day to day activities and programs provided by and for students of the School of Medicine. Programs of note include a speakers’ bureau which is designed to educate high school and college students about medicine as a possible career choice, intramural athletics, various social functions and community service projects.
The Council, along with representatives from the various student groups in the School, meets on a bi-monthly basis with the Associate and Assistant Deans for Student Affairs and Records as the Student Faculty Advisory Committee. At this meeting, various topics of concern to students are openly presented and discussed by both students and the administration. Elections of both student body officers and class officers occur during the month of April of each year.
Honorary and Professional Groups
Alpha Omega Alpha, AOA, is an honor medical society organized in 1902 at the University of Illinois. Membership is based on scholarships, leadership and other personal attributes. Its members are chosen from high ranking students of the Junior and Senior classes.
The Aesculapians was established in the 1964-65 session under the auspices of the Student Council. The objective of this organization is to promote amicable interchange of opinion between the student body and the faculty, with a view to the constant improvement of educational, medical, and scientific standards.
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The Office of Alumni Affairs of the School of Medicine keeps in contact with students after they graduate and informs them of activities of the Medical School. The Office, which is supported by alumni dues and voluntary contributions, fulfills its role in a variety of ways. LSU Medicinews is published throughout the year and highlights events in the School and activities of alumni. Each year, classes hold reunions and their activities are coordinated through the Office. In addition, the Alumni Association is responsible yearly for presenting the Paddison Award to an outstanding senior. It also sponsors other student activities. It is heavily involved in increasing scholarship funds and the School of Medicine endowments, and funds many scholarships and professorships offered by the School of Medicine.