Osler ClubJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine


The Osler Club at UTMB serves as a forum to study the life and teachings of Sir William Osler, the history of medicine, and the medical humanities. Osler believed that physicians should have a strong background in science, that physicians should always do what is right and best for individual patients, and that medical care should be delivered humanely. He was recognized as a very astute and empathic physician, a highly effective yet understanding teacher, a passionate bibliophile, and an outstanding humanist. He was a prolific writer having published over 1,000 papers on a wide variety of medical topics and nearly 250 manuscripts in the humanities. William Osler was loved by nearly everyone who ever met him, and at the time of his death in 1919, Osler was thought to be the best known physician in the English speaking world.

The Osler Club convenes bimonthly and attendance is open to all members of the UTMB community. Presentations last 40 – 50 minutes followed by 10 – 15 minutes of Q & A and discussion. Physicians in attendance are usually eligible for CME credits. However, due to the closure of UTMB's Office of Continuing Education, CME credit is not being offered at this time.

Meetings are generally held at the Open Gates Conference Center, 2419 Sealy Avenue, Galveston, Texas. Currently, meetings are held via Zoom because of the gathering restrictions due to the coronavirus.

The next Osler Club is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 5:30pm, via live stream. The speaker will be Dr. Philip Keiser, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases, UTMB COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness Tack Force Co-Chair, The University of Texas Medical Branch.

The live stream link for this Osler Club meeting is: https://vimeo.com/event/1245848.

For more information, contact the McGovern Academy at: mcacadem@utmb.edu or (409) 747-9680.