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About the 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:

Policies for the Student Societies

Osler Student Societies' Fiscal Policies:

  1. Students should obtain written or e-mail authorization from their respective faculty coordinator or other faculty mentor before submitting receipts for reimbursement. The approval should then be submitted along with the original receipt and the student's ID number to Rosemary Lindley for processing.
  2. If your event includes 9 or fewer attendees, you must include a list of names/affiliations.
  3. As you cannot be reimbursed for tax, it is in your best interest to obtain a tax exemption certificate from Ms. Lindley prior to making a purchase.
  4. All events including food/drinks should be direct billed if possible. Again, Ms. Lindley can assist you with these arrangements.
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