International Dental Fraternity
The Detroit Alumni Chapter of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is an active chapter involved locally, nationally and internationally. Alpha Omega is the oldest international dental organization and was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1907 by a group of dental students originally to fight discrimination in dental schools. Today, with our headquarters relocated to Rockville, MD, it is primarily an educational and philanthropic organization. There are chapters and members in cities and dental schools in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand. Alpha Omega represents about 6,000 active dentists and dental students worldwide.
Alpha Omega is responsible for the formation of both dental schools in Israel: The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dentistry and the Tel Aviv University Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine. The Alpha Omega Foundation was also responsible for dispersing almost $250,000 this past year for projects in Israel and worldwide. Locally, the Detroit Alumni Chapter is a major contributor to both dental schools in Michigan.
The Alpha Omega Foundation is the “Philanthropic Arm of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity", helping those with limited incomes or access to dental care and those with special needs. Our mission of "Reaching out to the needs of dental health, education, research and care throughout the world" is encompassed by the Global Oral Health Initiative, known as GOHI.
We are a strong and vital organization which espouses Jewish ethical and moral values. We represent many thousands of dentists and dental students around the globe.