Student participation in societies is voluntary, and all undergraduate students in the UTMB School of Medicine are invited to participate. It is the hope that the availability of strong mentors will attract student participation and provide the opportunity for students to experience professional and personal growth through their encounters with their Society mentors.
The vision of the Osler Student Societies is to provide developing physicians insight into "A Way of Life", described by Sir William Osler, not through formal lecture, but through the guidance of mentors in contact with students within and outside their academic setting.
The eight student societies are each led by faculty mentors, including faculty Osler scholars.The goals of the Student Societies are:
- To enhance Faculty-Student interaction,
- To enhance mentoring and advising of students by faculty,
- To promote professionalism and humanism,
- To promote community service, and
- To promote the development of mentoring skills and comradarie among students
UTMB's Fourth Annual Bioethics Bowl and Post-Bowl Dinner and Discourse
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This is a competition co-sponsored by the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the Osler Student Societies for 2nd year medical students. Students form teams by their respective societies and are given six or so cases to review that pose ethical dilemmas several weeks in advance of the competition. They review the cases as a team and come up with what they feel are the best responses to the ethical dilemmas. At the competition, questions are posed relative to the study cases and the teams respond.
Congratulations to the Truman Blocker Bioethics Bowl Team for winning the final round of competition fighting off a determined Ashbel Smith Team in this year's event. The final score was extremely close with Blocker winning by 0.3 points. The evening was highlighted by artistic performances from several School of Medicine students including, Jazmin Gonzalez (MSII); Julian Jones (MSII); DeKrisha Kyle (MSII); Rose Ngishu (MSII); Ha Nguyen (MSII); and Esther Robbins (MSII). The guest speaker, Dr. Thomas Cole, Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provided a thought provoking talk on race in American medicine. Listed below are the team members participating in the Bioethics Bowl:
Blocker Team: Emily Bray, Jazmin Gonzalez, Sarah Perez, and Jacqueline Posada
Smith Team: Marshall Gillette, Shawn Hobby, Zachary Jones, and Lucas Wieck
Asclepios/Blackwell Team: Lori Evans, Laura Fonseca, Michaela Huynh, Monica Noori, and Amara Uzoma-Uzo
Laennec: Bryan Barksdale, Sharon Li, Tiffany Scott, and Stephanie Streufert
Schweitzer: Alex Alali, Chris Kosarek, Bejoy Thomas, and Jessica Wroten
Friday, October 26th, 2012
The Osler Student Societies and Student Government Association are teaming up with student organizations across the campus to host the 5th annual Halloween Carnival intended for children less than 10 years of age and their families. This year the carnival will be on Friday, October 26th, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Moody Medical Library Plaza, between Moody Medical Library and the Galveston National Laboratory.
The Halloween carnival for children was created in 2008 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. UTMB students and faculty wanted to provide a safe environment for children from the local community to trick-or-treat. Since then, the carnival has become an annual event. This year, the we will offer costume and pumpkin carving contests, face painting, balloon animals, fun games and prizes, a haunted bus, a dunking booth and of course, lots of candy.
Admission is free and open to the public. However, participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the benefit of the St. Vincent's Food Pantry.
Pictures from the 2009 OSS Halloween Carnival.
Willie O's Dinner and Toast to the Class of 2016
Friday, October 5th, 2012
All School of Medicine classes are invited to this formal dinner (professional attire and white coats) to honor the Class of 2016 and 3rd & 4th year student mentors. Spouses are also welcome. Seating will be by society tables and a representative(s) from each society will give a brief presentation on their respective namesake and introduce 3rd & 4th year student mentors. The invited guest speaker is, Courtney Townsend, M.D., John Woods Harris Distinguished Chairman in the Department of Surgery.
FAC WAC Competition
FAC WAC is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the R. Laennec Osler Student Society. It is an academic competition between two teams of either faculty vs. faculty or faculty vs. SOM students. Students ask the teams questions, and the team that answers the most accurately wins the Anatomy Belt!! All proceeds benefit St. Vincent's clinic.
This year's event was held November 4th in the Clinical Sciences Auditorium. Admission was $5 each which included a pizza lunch. Additional donations were graciously accepted to reduce the cost of door prizes.Some of which included:
- $200 gift certificate to the UTMB Bookstore,
- $125 gift basket from The Spot, and
- Gift certificates to many other local restaurants.
This year's event raised over $1,300.00!!