Osler Student Societies

The Osler Student Societies are a program of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. Although other health sciences universities have student societies, as far as we've been able to determine, this is the only one in which the focus is specifically promoting the ideals embodied by Sir William Osler.

The development of the Societies was a special project and passion of Dr. Mark Holden, an Osler Scholar. The Societies enrolled their first full class of entering freshman in August 2006. Faculty mentors are nominated by students based on their excellence at teaching and modeling Oslerian ideals. Each Student Society also has three or four student mentors. These include the Osler Student Scholars and select upperclassmen who are invited to continue to participate and to act as mentors to the first and second year students.

The Student Societies typically schedule 5-6 activities a year, but the faculty mentors are available for consultation with the students in their groups throughout the year. One of the first tasks for the Osler Student Societies was choosing names. They were told to pick an influential and inspiring historic figure in medicine. They came up with the following:

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 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

2015 Bioethics Seminar and Luncheon

Annually, The Bioethics Seminar encompasses the review and discussion of medical ethics cases and current medical ethics dilemmas. This was the seventh year for this event which was held on August 24. The event took on a different format with students gathering for a seminar/luncheon to hear Courtenay R. Bruce, Ph.D., J.D., Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, as she discussed organ transplant ethics. Dr. Bruce oversees BCM’s clinical ethics program and postdoctoral fellowship program in clinical ethics. The program is sponsored collectively by the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the Osler Student Societies of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine.

Halloween Carnival

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Osler Student Societies and Student Government Association team up every year with student organizations across the campus to host the Annual Halloween Carnival intended for children less than 10 years of age and their families. This year is the 8th annual carnival and it will be held on Friday, October 30, from 5 to 7 pm. in the Moody Medical Library Plaza, between the 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. Activities at the carnival usually include pumpkin carving and costume 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.

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Willie O's Dinner and Toast to the Class of 2019

Friday, October 9, 2015

All School of Medicine classes are invited to this formal dinner (professional attire and white coats) to honor the Class of 2019 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 their 3rd & 4th year student mentors. The invited guest speaker is Dr. J. Marc Shabot, Raymond L. Gregory Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.

FAC WAC Competition

Thursday, November 5, 2015

FAC WAC is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the R. Laennec Osler Student Society. It is an academic competition between two teams of faculty vs. faculty. Students ask the teams questions about anatomy, science, pop culture, and anything else! All proceeds benefit St. Vincent's Clinic.

This year's event was held on Thursday, November 5 at 12 noon in the Clinical Sciences Auditorium and included a pizza lunch, chances at great door prizes from generous local businesses, and raised $500 for St. Vincent’s Clinic.

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Last year's event raised approximately $500.00!!

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