Learn About PhiDE
Phi Delta Epsilon 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.
In October of 1904, Aaron Brown and eight of his friends founded Phi Delta Epsilon at Cornell University Medical College. At that time, there were many doors closed to Jewish medical students and physicians, doors which would not fully open until after World War II.
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Welcome Family and Friends of Phi Delta Epsilon!

"Throughout my entire career, Phi Delta Epsilon has been a home. When I first became a physician, Fraternity brothers welcomed us into a new community, babysat, invited us to dinner and helped us become part of the community. My wife and I have close friends in PhiDE across generations and distances that we consider family. What makes the Fraternity different from the other medical organizations is the extended family circle."
- Dr. Lewis Green, MD


Progressing from premedical students to medical students to physicians, members of Phi Delta Epsilon grow far beyond classroom theory through real-life practice. As friends and family of Phi Delta Epsilon members, you can share the Fraternity experience. Family members can attend our International Convention and Educational forums, participate in philanthropy and community service events and attend special chapter social functions like a Family BBQ. Our Fraternity expands past college and medical school. It is a true lifetime experience that we hope you are able to encounter with your family member, friend or significant other.

To Parents of our New Members:

Phi Delta Epsilon welcomes your child to our Fraternity! We are pleased to have the opportunity to play an important role in the collegiate and/or medical school experience and hope that (s)he will soon realize the lifetime benefits of membership in PhiDE.

You may be interested to know that Phi Delta Epsilon was founded over 100 years ago based upon the promotion of fostering and achieving bonding among physicians of high moral character devoted to education and philanthropy for a lifetime. These same ideals hold true today and are, in fact, the cornerstone of our membership education program. The most important members in our chapters are the new members, for they are the future of PhiDE. Our goal is to provide our new members with not only an education of what it is to be a Fraternity member, but also with information to strengthen their self esteem, to enhance their character, and to develop their leadership potential in the field of medicine.

Phi Delta Epsilon has a chapter on 50+ campuses across the country. While your child is in school, (s)he will participate in programs that will enhance his/her leadership skills and provide the tools and opportunities to develop to his/her full potential. Additionally, after graduation(s) he will have opportunities to continue his friendships and to develop leadership skills. Numerous graduate members provide many opportunities for contacts with the PhiDE student, even after he or she has finished a formal education.

The Executive Board of PhiDE, composed of five alumnae volunteers and one professional staff member who guide the fraternity nationally, strongly believes that you as parents are a part of our extended family. We invite you to attend our International Convention with your son or daughter in Baltimore, MD this year, and learn more about the opportunities which Phi Delta Epsilon offers. PhiDE is quite proud of our more than 30,000 initiated members and we look forward to adding your son or daughter to our Brotherhood.

If you have any questions, please contact me at phide@phide.org.


Karen Katz
CEO of Phi Delta Epsilon
International Medical Fraternity