Phi Delta Epsilon (ΦΔΕ) International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics.
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In October 1904, Aaron Brown and eight of his friends founded Phi Delta Epsilon at Cornell University Medical College. During the first decade of this century there were many doors closed to Jewish medical students and physicians, doors which would not fully open until after World War II. In 1904, it was not uncommon for American medical schools to have quotas limiting admission of Jewish students, and medical fraternities. So Aaron Brown and his friends decided they would start their own fraternal organization, guided by the precepts of philanthropy, deity, and equity.
The success of the Cornell chapter soon led to the organization of other chapters in the East and Midwest. In 1918, Phi Delta Epsilon amalgamated with Alpha Phi Sigma, a medical fraternity organized in 1908, whose ideals and principles were similar to those of PhiDE. Its chapters were in the Midwest and West, making for an ideal union.
Following the amalgamation, the United States was divided into districts and, by 1930, enough members had graduated from medical schools allowing for the formation of graduate clubs. In 1926, an Endowment Fund was started giving the Fraternity long-term stability. In the 1940s the Aaron Brown Lectureship Program was begun and has remained a vital chapter event through the years.
In the late 1960s, the Fraternity opened its membership to women and encouraged recruitment of medical students of all races, nationalities and religious beliefs. The past 25 years have seen the Fraternity’s membership become diverse, reflecting the diversity of the medical profession today. The addition of the premedical affiliation in 1994 at Binghamton University rounded out the Fraternity’s membership, which now spans an entire lifetime of medical education and practice.
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Phi Delta Epsilon (ΦΔΕ)
- Founded On: October 1st, 1904 at Cornell University Medical College
- Type: Professional Fraternity
- Colors: Purple and Ivory
- Flower: N/A
- Nicknames: PDE-PhiDE
- Chapters: 82 Chapters
- Website: www.phide.org
- Motto: Facta Non Verba — “Deeds Not Words”