Lifetime Achievement AwardJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine


John P. McGovern

In 2001, UTMB’s Office of the President established the John P. McGovern Lifetime Achievement Award in Oslerian Medicine, an 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 include anyone who is a School of Medicine alumnus or has completed their residency, a fellowship or spent time as a faculty member for greater than or equal to 5 years. 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 2019 recipient is:
Dr. Bob Beach
Bob Beach
Dr. Robert Beach was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. From an early age, love of learning was evident. He voluntarily spent part of one blistering hot Louisiana summer reading the entire World Book Encyclopedia just because it was interesting! A later formative summer was spent digging ditches on construction sites, an experience which solidified a desire for a more diverse occupational potential. He played football in high school before attending Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and became the first college graduate of his family. While at Louisiana Tech he developed a keen interest in science and understanding cellular and organ function. more...

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Lifetime Achievement Award