Learn About PhiDE
MISSION
STATEMENT
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.
HISTORY
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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Phi Delta Epsilon has three types of membership: Premedical, Medical, and Graduate.

The student chapter is the base of the Fraternity’s structure. Friendships are established there. All communications flow through the chapter and the benefits of membership in PhiDE are received through active participation in chapter activities and events.

Premedical and Medical students interested in becoming members of PhiDE, must start and/or join a chapter of PhiDE on their campus. To discover if a chapter at your already University exists or is active, please email phide@phide.org. Physicians may join with or without a local active graduate club.

Through a host of planned activities during the academic year, students develop the leadership and professional skills, which complement a basic understanding of medical science. When the time comes to apply for medical school and to match for residency, active membership in PhiDE is evidence of that a student is well rounded and motivated. There are also many chapter activities to help relieve the stress of studying.

The Philosophy: Work hard and play hard

Intramural sports, group study sessions, banquets, ski trips and Sunday brunches with area doctors – the PhiDE social scene can’t be beat. And there is something for everyone. PhiDE members have many opportunities to develop relationships on both a personal and professional level that last a lifetime.

Frequently asked questions:

What are some of the benefits of membership in PhiDE?

Starting a chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon is an exciting venture, especially for those students that accept the challenge of starting a new organization on campus. There are many benefits in starting a chapter of PhiDE. These include leadership possibilities, forming an organization the way the students want to, and gaining valuable experience that will help you succeed in the future.

In addition, by joining PhiDE, students join an elite group of future and current physicians who are committed to keeping their skills sharp and careers on track. Phi Delta Epsilon sponsors leadership and career building seminars internationally, which allow members to network with physicians and members of other chapters. PhiDE is the oldest and largest medical fraternity in the World.

How long does it take to become a chapter of PhiDE?

Some groups take longer than others. It could take a semester to a full calendar year before your group is chartered but you will be eligible for many of the same opportunities and will have access to all our educational resources.

How do I start a chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon at my school?

The basic requirements for starting a premedical chapter of PhiDE are:

University must be an accredited 4 year institution

  • Approval from the Student Activities Office to be added as an official student organization
  • Approval from the CEO of the Fraternity
  • Minimum of 25 premedical student members
  • Have at least one faculty advisor and one graduate advisor
  • Coordinate one service activity
  • Host a Fraternity Lecture
  • Organize a petition for our Board of Directors
  • Pay all international and local fees
  • Complete a membership education program
The basic requirements for starting a medical chapter of PhiDE are:

  • Medical College or University must be accredited
  • Approval from the Medical School to be added as an official student organization
  • Approval from the CEO of the Fraternity
  • Minimum of 25 medical student members
  • Have at least one faculty advisor and one graduate advisor
  • Coordinate one service activity
  • Host a Fraternity Lecture
  • Organize a petition for our Board of Directors
  • Pay all international and local fees
  • Complete a membership education program