In the fall of 2007, a student named Jordan Harp founded the IL Beta Pre-Medical Fraternity UIUC chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Beginning with a founding class of 43, the IL Beta professional medical fraternity UIUC has grown to approximately 120 members. Following tradition, IL Beta members participate in service activities throughout the Champaign-Urbana area and work with their philanthropic partner, Children's Miracle Network. Members of IL Beta-PhiDE raised a total of $17,000 for CMN during the previous academic year.
"As the IL-Beta chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon continues to prosper, we hope to achieve strong bonds between future physicians of high moral character who are dedicated to philanthropy and education for a lifetime."
Overall Mission Statement
Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a life-long commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics.
UIUC Undergraduate Chapter IL-Beta
As an undergraduate chapter we strive to practice our values of philanthropy, community service, and leadership along with providing opportunities and resources for our members to become competitive medical school applicants. With a current roster of over 80 dedicated members we uphold strong work ethics, family values, and high standards to ensure everyone’s Phi Delta Epsilon experience is nothing short of exceptional.
Phi Delta Epsilon UIUC celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004 as a strong, vibrant, professionally directed organization headed for new growth and great excitement. The 21st century beckons us, and we continue operate under Aaron Brown's guiding principles of Philanthropy, Deity, and Equity.
Phi Delta Epsilon has grown from a small insular group to a diverse, all-inclusive organization. We have done this by making our motto live: Facta Non Verba, Deeds Not Words. And, indeed, we will continue to prosper, grow, and spread the warmth of our fraternalism into the future.
In October of 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 Phi Delta Epsilon. Its chapters were in the Midwest and West, making for an ideal union.
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 wonderfully diverse, reflecting the diversity of the medical profession today. The addition of the premedical affiliation in 1994 rounded out the Fraternity's membership, which now spans an entire lifetime of medical education and practice.