Elizabeth Blackwell SocietyJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine

The mission of the Blackwell Society is to promote wellness for the people of our community while developing camaraderie through social activities and mentorship. Our motto is "Helping each other, helping others."

Members of the Elizabeth Blackwell Society at the annual
Willie O’s Dinner with their faculty mentor and
guest speaker, Dr. Michael Malloy.

Members of the Elizabeth Blackwell Society
enjoyed their annual Lizzie's Dinner - celebrating the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell.


Elizabeth Blackwell

The Blackwell Society is named in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell who was born in Bristol, England on February 3rd, 1821 and emigrated to the United States with her family in 1832. She was the first female physician to graduate medical school in the United States (Geneva Medical College, New York-1849) and was a great pioneer in the medical community. Her accomplishments included founding a medical college for women and training nurses to aid in the Civil War. She was also a strong advocate for women's equality, human civil rights, and abolition of slavery. She returned to England in 1869 and in conjunction with Florence Nightingale co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women. She died in her home on May 31, 1910, in Hastings East Sussex, England.

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.