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The John P. McGovern Lifetime
Achievement Award in Oslerian Medicine

John P. McGovern
John P. McGovern
In 2001, UTMB's Office of the President established the John P. McGovern Award in Oslerian Medicine, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes the practice and teaching of humane medicine in the tradition of Sir William Osler and affirms the university's commitment to Oslerian ideals. Born in 1849 in Canada, Osler served on the medical faculties of McGill, the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins, reaching the peak of his career as Regius professor of medicine at Oxford. Osler pioneered the practice of teaching at the bedside and initiated the modern residency program. His The Principles and Practice of Medicine was the standard text for half a century of medical students. Above all, Osler demonstrated, in both patient care and teaching, deep compassion, understanding and love for his fellow human beings.

Candidates for the award must both practice and teach medicine and be affiliated with UTMB School of Medicine either as faculty members or as former students or residents. The selection will be made by the McGovern Academy's current Osler Scholars who will assess nominees for their longstanding and distinguished careers of service in four categories:
  • Combining scientific principles with humane practice in his/her clinical care and being committed to relief of patients' suffering;
  • Displaying imaginative, innovative and inspirational teaching;
  • Displaying exemplary personal attributes: honesty, modesty, generosity, affection, a respect for the past, spirituality and passion for aesthetic and creative pursuits; and
  • Displaying social consciousness and community involvement.
The 2014 recipient is:
Leonard E. Swischuk

Previous recipients
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Dr. Leonard E. Swischuk
2014
Dr. Michael Warren
2013
Dr. Courtney Townsend, Jr.
2012
Dr. William Deiss
2011
Dr. Frank Gardner
2011
Dr. Jack Wallace
2011
Dr. Alice Anne O'Donell
2010
Dr. Armond Goldman
2009
Dr. Luther Travis
2008
Dr. John Stobo
2007
Dr. Melvyn Schreiber
2006
Dr. Al LeBlanc
2005
Dr. John Calverley
2004
Dr. E. Burke Evans
2003
Dr. Don Powell
2002
Dr. R. August Remmers
2001
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The recipients are honored during the annual Osler Oration.

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