Ashbel Smith SocietyJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine


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The Ashbel Smith society fosters supportive relationships between students, faculty and the local community in the pursuit of becoming more than physicians.

Roster of Members

The current roster of the Ashbel Smith Student Society is available by contacting the McGovern Academy office.


Ashbel Smith SVC Displays

Osler-Vincents3Werner Forssmann Displays exhibiting Dr. Ashbel Smith and his contribution to medicine and the Galveston community were mounted by Ashbel Smith Society members at St. Vincent's Clinic on December 13th, 2011. The displays were re-printed with permission from the Truman G. Blocker Jr., History of Medicine Collections Staff. The beautiful display was originally created by Lisa Reyna-Guerrero.

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Ashbel Smith
Ashbel Smith was born in 1805 in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Yale University at the age of 19. He went on to Yale Medical School and graduated in 1828. He moved to Texas in 1837 and was instrumental in forming the Texas Medical Association. He was made President of the University of Texas Board of Regents and was instrumental in establishing the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He died in 1886.

A Way of Life

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.