History

PhiDE_seal.gifOver 100 Years of Integrity

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity was founded in 1904 by a group of persecuted Jewish medical students, led by Aaron Brown, at Cornell University. In 1908, the amalgamation of PhiDE with another medical fraternity, Alpha Phi Sigma, led to rapid expansion, and the organization is now the oldest and largest medical fraternity in the world.

Other milestones have included allowing women to join the fraternity in the late 1960s, and the formation of the first premedical chapter at Birmingham University in 1994. Throughout its long history, Phi Delta Epsilon has succeeded in creating an elaborate network of compassionate healthcare professionals who are committed to philanthropy and education for a lifetime.

Just the Facts

Founder’s Day: October 1, 1904
Motto: “Facta Non Verba, Deeds Not Words”
Guiding Principles: Philanthropy, Deity, Equity & Education
Official Colours:  Purple and Ivory
Number of Members: 35,000 
Number of Chapters/Colonies:  Over 160 and counting across the US, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Poland and more! Visit our International Website for the complete directory.