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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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Our original member badge, available now to graduate members, is the emblem of our Fraternity. Centered above, this badge forms the Greek letters Phi, Delta and Epsilon. All badges are identical for our members but as occasion demands various stones are placed therein to designate successful completion of a term in a specific International Board office. On the left side of our jeweled badge, is our gold medical student pin and on the right side is our triangle premedical student pin. The significance of these are explained during initiation.

The seal of the Fraternity consists of the scales of justice with the letters Phi, Delta and Epsilon on the sides and at the bottom. The scale is balanced upon a caduceus with a Delta as its base. The letter Alpha appears beside the left wing and the letter Sigma beside the right. Above the center of the wings is a star containing the letter Phi. These letters as well as the symbolism are explained during the initiation ritual.