Visiting Osler ScholarsJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine


Description of Grant

The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine (the Academy) invites the UTMB community to propose an outstanding teacher to spend 1 to 5 days on campus as a Visiting Osler Scholar (VOS). The person selected as the VOS would be expected to participate in the teaching activities of the institution within the thematic areas designated by the Academy. Examples of activities include rounding with students and house staff, leading small group conferences with trainees and meeting with interested faculty. The schedule should also include an opportunity for the VOS to meet with the Osler Scholars for an informal discussion regarding teaching medicine and related disciplines. It is anticipated that the VOS would make a formal presentation to which all UTMB faculty and students would be invited. Proposals that include participation by the VOS with another department or group focused on teaching would be welcome.

Criteria for the Visiting Osler Scholar

John Collins Warren, Henry Pickering Bowditch, and William Osler on Bowditch's Front Steps in Boston, 1909The candidate must be a scholar and an active faculty or staff member at another academic center. He or she must be an accomplished professional and a recognized teacher of disciplines appropriate to medicine. The visitor's excellence as an educator should be documented in some manner such as the receipt of teaching awards or other prestigious accolades.

The Academy is not seeking someone with the longest or most outstanding CV. Neither is the candidate expected to have highly specialized knowledge in medical esoterica or an established record as a researcher in medical education. Instead, the candidate should be recognized as a highly stimulating and skillful teacher. The candidate should be someone whose teaching is most effective when conducted in small groups.

Financial Terms of the Grant

Funding for the VOS will be up to $10,000 commensurate with the cost of the program, duration of visit and reasonable honorarium up to $1,000 per day. Details of scheduling of events and activities will be coordinated in conjunction with the McGovern Academy staff.

2019 Recipient: William Greenway, PhD, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas

Previous Recipients

  • Jon K. Crispin, B.F.A., Freelance and Documentary Photographer
  • Dr. Charles Bosk, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dr. James Edmonson: Associate Professor of History and Chief Curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
  • Pamela J. Miller, B.A., Dpl. L.A., U.C.L.: History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library, McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
  • Dr. Franklin Trimm: Professor, Vice Chairman, and Chief of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.
  • Dr. Robert Rakel: Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX
  • Dr. Bruce Barrett: Associate Professor of Family Medicine, with Joint Appointments in Anthropology and Population Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison.