The Thayer Award is given to a resident or fellow who demonstrates sound scientific
knowledge, compassion towards patients, and dedication to learning and teaching.
Candidates can be nominated by any medical student or faculty by completing the
form below and submitting it to an Osler Student Scholar.
Every other month, up to 2 residents/fellows will be chosen by the Student Scholars
to be invited to join the Osler Club
meeting for dinner where he or she will be named, congratulated, and given a check
in the amount of $300. The recipient's director and chair will be notified of their
William S. Thayer, M.D.
William S. Thayer was born in Milton, Massachusetts and received his B.A. in 1885,
and his M.D. in 1889, both from Harvard University. After a year of study at the
universities of Berlin and Vienna, he came to the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he
became William Osler's first resident. Thayer joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine in 1896 as an associate professor of medicine and served as head
of the Johns Hopkins Hospital medical clinic from 1898 until 1905, when be became
professor of clinical medicine.
Osler with his first two residents, Henri LaFleur (in rocker)
and William S. Thayer
In 1917, Thayer was offered the directorship of the department of medicine, but
because of his distinguished service as chief medical consultant to the American
Expeditionary Forces in France, his appointment was delayed until 1919. Upon his
retirement in 1921, he was named professor emeritus. Thayer's research interests
included a number of infectious and cardiovascular diseases, especially bacterial
endocarditis. His academic contributions include organizing the first course in
clinical microscopy for the medical school.
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