Osler Student Societies

The Osler Student Societies are a program of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. Although other health sciences universities have student societies, as far as we've been able to determine, this is the only one in which the focus is specifically promoting the ideals embodied by Sir William Osler.

The development of the Societies was a special project and passion of Dr. Mark Holden, an Osler Scholar. The Societies enrolled their first full class of entering freshman in August 2006. Faculty mentors are nominated by students based on their excellence at teaching and modeling Oslerian ideals. Each Student Society also has three or four student mentors. These include the Osler Student Scholars and select upperclassmen who are invited to continue to participate and to act as mentors to the first and second year students.

The Student Societies typically schedule 5-6 activities a year, but the faculty mentors are available for consultation with the students in their groups throughout the year. One of the first tasks for the Osler Student Societies was choosing names. They were told to pick an influential and inspiring historic figure in medicine. They came up with the following:

Student participation in societies is voluntary, and all undergraduate students in the UTMB School of Medicine are invited to participate. It is the hope that the availability of strong mentors will attract student participation and provide the opportunity for students to experience professional and personal growth through their encounters with their Society mentors.

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.

The goals of the Student Societies are:

  • To enhance Faculty-Student interaction,
  • To enhance mentoring and advising of students by faculty,
  • To promote professionalism and humanism,
  • To promote community service, and
  • To promote the development of mentoring skills and comradarie among students

2016 Bioethics Seminar and Luncheon

Annually, The Bioethics Bowl and Post-Bowl Dinner and Discourse encompasses the review and discussion of medical ethics cases and current medical ethics dilemmas. This year’s 7th annual event was held on Wednesday, November 30 at Open Gates. Teams formed by first and second year Osler Student Society medical students are presented with medical ethics cases and are judged according to the quality and incisiveness of their reasoning about the cases. Following the Bioethics Bowl, a dinner is offered with a guest speaker. This year’s speaker, Dr. Tom Cole, Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics of Houston, provided opening remarks for a discussion on a current medical ethics problem. The program is sponsored collectively by the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the Osler Student Societies of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. For more information on this annual event, contact Dr. Jerome Crowder, 409-747-1230 or by email at jecrowde@utmb.edu.

2016 Winners: Hayley Rogers (Osler Student Scholar) and Marissa Forray from the Elizabeth Blackwell Student Society are pictured with Dr. Michael Malloy, Dean of Osler Student Societies and Arlene Macdonald, Professor Institute of Medical Humanities.

Finalists: Marysuna Wilkerson, Alyssa Domingue and Megan Carey (and Ali Mahmoud, not pictured) from the Werner Forssmann Student Society are pictured with Forray and Rogers.


2016 Halloween Carnival

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Osler Student Societies and Student Government Association team up every year with student organizations across the campus to host the Annual Halloween Carnival intended for children 12 years of age & under and their families. This year’s 9th annual carnival was held on Friday, October 28 on the Moody Medical Library Plaza, between the library and the Galveston National Laboratory.

The Halloween carnival for children was created in 2008 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. UTMB students and faculty wanted to provide a safe environment for children from the local community to trick-or-treat. Since then, the carnival has become an annual event. Activities at the carnival usually include pumpkin carving and costume contests, face painting, balloon animals, fun games and prizes, a haunted bus, a dunking booth and of course, lots of candy.

Admission is always FREE and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the benefit of the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry.

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Willie O's Dinner and Toast to the Class of 2020

Friday, October 7, 2016

Each year all School of Medicine classes are invited to this formal dinner to honor the incoming class of first-year medical students and 3rd & 4th year student mentors. Spouses are also welcome. Seating is by society tables and a representative(s) from each society gives a brief presentation on their respective namesake and introduces their 3rd & 4th year student mentors. This year’s invited guest speaker was Dr. Margaret McNeese, Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Vice Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. McNeese is also a graduate of the UTMB Class of 1971. This year’s event took place on October 7th in Levin Hall dining room.

FAC WAC Competition

Thursday, November 3, 2016

FAC WAC is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Rene Laennec Osler Student Society. It is an academic competition between two teams of faculty vs. faculty. Students ask each team questions about anatomy, science, pop culture, and anything else! All proceeds benefit St. Vincent's Clinic.

This year's event will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 12 noon in the Old Red Amphitheater. Admission is $5/person which includes a pizza lunch, as well as a chance at great door prizes. Tickets are sold in Joe's Café the week before and at the door.

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Last year's event raised approximately $500.00!!

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