Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a difference between being on the listserv for AED and for Prehealth?
Being on the listserv for prehealth does not automatically let you become a part of AED, and vice versa. Prehealth listserv is how you officially become "premed" at GMU. Dr. Chuck will not allow anyone not on his listserv to be recognized as premed. Being put on the AED listserv is completely separate because we're two separate entities at GMU. Although they are separate, both AED and Prehealth work very closely and coordinate simliar events.
In order to subscribe to the Prehealth Listserv, please follow the steps below:
- Send an email to email@example.com, with Subject being "prehealth-l" and Message being "SUBSCRIBE PREHEALTH-L"
- If you would like to unsubscribe, follow the step above and change the Message to "SIGNOFF PREHEALTH-L"
In order the subscribe to the AED listserv, please follow the steps below:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with Subject being "premed-l" and Message being "SUBSCRIBE PREMED-L"
- If you would like to unsubscribe, follow the step above and change the Message to "SIGNOFF PREMED-L"
What is the difference between Alpha Epsilon Delta and other Greek/student organizations?
Alpha Epsilon Delta is a recognized Greek organization; however, we are first and foremost an honor society. AED is recognized as the nation's oldest and largest national Prehealth Professional Honor Society. We focus on volunteer work and important medical issues. We also require a certain level of membership activity to become/remain a member as well as GPA requirements that are more competitive than the other organizations at George Mason University. For more information on the History and Organization of AED, please look over our Constitution.
How do I become an AED member?
To be inducted as a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, one must acquire the specified number of points for either National or Honorary membership. Please note that one must have completed at least 45 credits to qualify for National membership. Honorary membership has no GPA nor credit requirements. Please see the Membership tab under the About section.
What is the difference between Honorary and National membership?
Honarary members are recognized only by our Chapter (GMU AED is part of the Zeta Chapter), whereas National members are recognized by all chapters and National AED.
For Honorary Membership, you require 15 points before induction with no minimum GPA and a fee of $50.
For National Membership, you require 20 points before induction with a minumum of 3.2 science and overall GPA, and a fee of $75.
For details, please visit our Membership page.
How can AED Membership be revoked?
Members are required to maintain a minimum of 15 points between every induction to be a active. If this is not met, membership can be revoked and you will have to go through the induction process all over again (including paying induction dues).
What are the benefits of being an AED Member?
Benefits of AED membership include recognition of schools of various fields: medical, nursing, podiatry, optometry, physician assistant, pharmacy, etc., various volunteering opportunities and shadowing, accurate admission and application advice, direct networking with actual doctors and admission committees and officials, and other resources for certifications, workshops, admission tests, leadership, etc. Also, membership serves as a very meaningful addition to the extracurricular activities required for competitive health professional applicants.
When and where are AED meetings usually held?
Meetings for this Fall will be every other Mondays in JC Meeting Room E unless otherwise specified. For Meeting Mintes and details on exact meeting topics, details, and speakers, visit our Minutes page.
What if I can't attend meetings?
AED understands that everyone's schedules are different and not everyone will be able to make it to our meetings. For your convenience, the website, updated regularly, will consist of meeting minutes, upcoming events, and important announcements. For those of you who cannot sign up for events at the meetings, there will be a form available online in order to serve you equal opportunity as those who could sign up at the meetings. Signing up at meetings and online will be split approximately 50%-50%. Events will be held on weekdays and weekends at various times. For details on specific events, visit our Point Opportunities page.
What if I can't attend an event after I've signed up?
Cancellations require at least a 72 hour (3 day) notice in advance of the date of the event. Failure to miss an event without notification will lead to penalization of points that should be awarded for the specific event, which will instead be revoked.
When do points get reset?
Points will reset at every induction, which will be held near the end of every Spring semester. To know your current standing on points, visit our Points 2010-2011 page.
How can I become an AED Officer?
Elections will be held every Spring after the induction. In order to run for office, one must be a National member and be actively involved with AED. Please note that Honorary members and those who have not been inducted cannot run for office. For officer descriptions, visit our Officers page.