Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. The Society welcomes all students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community.
The birth of AED occurred in the spring of 1926 when Dr. Sidney A. Mitchell created our honorary fraternity at the University of Alabama with fellow premedical students and Dr. Jack Montgomery. The proposed constitution which had been drawn up by Mr. Mitchell was read, discussed and referred to a committee with instructions to make any necessary alternations and draw up a ritual and by-laws for the fraternity. The first initiation of new members was held on March 4th, 1927 following the election of eight students who had completed at least three semesters of premedical work and whose grades placed them in the upper fifth of their class and one faculty member. With just under 100 years of service, AED’s function as both an Honor Society and Service Organization continues to be nationwide.
Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Honors Society continues to be at the forefront of pre-professional development within the health scholarship. With 186 current active chapters, our focus has forever been on preparing students for greatness in the pre-health fields, but our organization also places great importance on philanthropy as a way to leave a lasting impact on our community. Our Arizona Beta chapter is one of the largest across the nation with 184 active members. Through our motto “Truth I pursue”, Alpha Epsilon Delta strives to provide students with various opportunities for professional and philanthropic opportunities to better ourselves and our community.