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Introduction to IEA







The name Iota Epsilon Alpha (IEA) comes from the classical Greek, "Iasis kai Eleos pasi tois Anthropoisis", which translates as "Healing and Compassion for all People". We are a non-profit, academic and charitable international medical organization, whose mission is to promote the pursuit of academic excellence and integrity in medicine, to encourage the highest standards of leadership, compassion, character, conduct and ethos, and to improve the overall morale among medical students and graduate physicians, locally and worldwide. We also seek to assist with improving the public health and welfare of the underprivileged and medically indigent, internationally.


Sometime in late 1991, a particular highly motivated and high achieving medical student, Nicolas J. Andrews, became aware of the need to assist his student colleagues in obtaining excellence in their academic pursuits and in the development of their character as medical students and as future doctors and leaders. He thought that this would require a sincere commitment and self-sacrifice from medical students and physicians in order to achieve what should be the true goal in medicine, namely,  excellence, such as in professional development and character, in order to best serve humanity. He thought this should be the core of the medical profession. This medical student soon presented this concept to Chancellor C. Modica.  With the Chancellor's full support, Dr. A. Pensick and Dr. C.V. Rao were asked for their assistance. These individuals with the current faculty adviser, Dr. F. Brahim have been absolutely vital in the growth and development of  this organization into the success which we have achieved to this day and to whom we express our profound gratitude.  We also thank our first faculty adviser Dr. J. Stanley and we thank the university community in general for their strong support.

Many other high achieving medical students were originally invited by Mr. Andrews to assist him in organizing this idea, but only a few students; namely, Derek Bigler, Venita Seru and Patrick M. Morgan, accepted the invitation. In consultation with Dr. Pensick, a Steering Committee was then formed on April 14, 1992 and the organizational structures were developed.  The Iota Epsilon Alpha Constitution was completed December 31, 1992 and ratified February 13, 1993 when the first IEA Cabinet of Officers was elected. Since that day, IEA has become highly successful and has been in continuous operation.  Iota Epsilon Alpha members have been performing activities every semester for the benefit of the local Grenadian community, such as health education and fund raising for various local charities and activities for the benefit of their student colleagues as well. Iota Epsilon Alpha has become an such an integral part of St George's University that since 2006, St George's University has granted IEA members special recognition at graduation ceremonies for their academic excellence and for their contributions to the Grenadian community.


Iota Epsilon Alpha was organized to offer membership, either free or with minimal cost, to medical students, graduates and alumni physicians, faculty members and also to have honorary members comprised of non-physicians who have achieved distinction in areas related to our mission or can greatly assist us with our mission. In addition to continuing with our mission in our local community in which we have been founded, the time has now come for Iota Epsilon Alpha to realize another important component of its mission, to reach out to medical students and the indigent in other communities, worldwide.  At St. George's University, the number of IEA members has tremendously increased over time and currently we have extended membership to S.G.U.'s students at Northumbria University in Newcastle, U.K.


We are indeed the world's first and only international honor medical society. We invite our IEA physician members to register with us and to continue their participation with us, including promoting our mission externally and assisting us with establishing IEA chapters at other medical schools or universities where they may be on faculty.  We also invite both allopathic and osteopathic medical students from other medical schools to start new IEA chapters in other locations, worldwide. We also invite physicians, medical educators and non-physicians interested in our mission, from other communities, other nations, to partner with us to expand the scope and reach of our mission and thus, to continue our tradition of service to humanity, to the medical professional and to the indigent, globally, and to truly change the world for the better.

Nicolas J. Andrews, MD

Founder and Chairman

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