Asclepios SocietyJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine

he Asclepios Osler Society aims to enrich the professional and personal development of medical students by providing a collegial network in which students can bond and receive mentorship. With the support and guidance of our faculty members, the students of the Asclepios Society are committed to addressing local and national healthcare needs through community activities and outreach programs aimed at raising political awareness of issues in healthcare. Our projects, designed with these goals in mind, strive to increase interactions between UTMB students and the greater community through personally rewarding, educational, and entertaining activities.


Asclepios is the God of Medicine and Healing in ancient Greek religion. Asclepios represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygiea ("Hygiene"), Iaso ("Medicine"), Aseco ("Healing"), Aglaea ("Healthy Glow"), and Panacea ("Universal Remedy"). The rod of Asclepios, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today, although sometimes the caduceus, or staff with two snakes, is mistakenly used instead. He was associated with the Roman/Etruscan god Vediovis. He was one of Apollo's sons, sharing with Apollo the epithet Paean ("the Healer")

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.