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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

UTMB's Fifth Annual Bioethics Bowl and Post-Bowl Dinner and Discourse

Tuesday, August 19, 2013

This is a competition co-sponsored by the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the Osler Student Societies for 2nd year medical students. Students form teams by their respective societies and are given six or so cases to review that pose ethical dilemmas several weeks in advance of the competition. They review the cases as a team and come up with what they feel are the best responses to the ethical dilemmas. At the competition, questions are posed relative to the study cases and the teams respond.

Congratulations to the Andreas Vesalius Bioethics Bowl Team for winning the final round of competition fighting off a determined Elizabeth Blackwell Team in this year's event. The guest speaker, Jeffery Spike, Ph.D. of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provided opening remarks for a discussion on a current medical ethics problem. Listed below are the team members participating in the Bioethics Bowl:

Blocker Team: Michael Balat, Cordell Cunningham, and Claire Drom
Blackwell Team: Petra Kelsey, Lauren Langsjeon, Manny Guajardo, Howard Gill, Maria Fuenmayor, and IMH Mentor: Heather Carson Pearcy
Laennec: Nick Burns, Alexi Bulloch, Pablo Padilla, Claudia Gutarra, Mohamed Shabana, and IMH Mentor: Dr. Mark Clark
Vesalius Team: Leah Koler, Matthew Edwards, Rafay Soleja, Jessica Tedfors, and IMH Mentor: Alina Bennett

Halloween Carnival

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Osler Student Societies and Student Government Association teamed up with student organizations across the campus to host the 6th annual Halloween Carnival intended for children less than 10 years of age and their families. The carnival was on Friday, November 1st, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Moody Medical Library Plaza, between Moody Medical 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. This year, they we will offer costume and pumpkin carving contests, face painting, balloon animals, fun games and prizes, a haunted bus, a dunking booth and of course, lots of candy.

Admission was free and open to the public. However, participants were asked to bring a canned food item for the benefit of the St. Vincent's Food Pantry.

» View pictures from 2013 carnival.

» View pictures from 2011 carnival.

Pictures from the 2009 OSS Halloween Carnival.

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Willie O's Dinner and Toast to the Class of 2017

Friday, October 4th, 2013

All School of Medicine classes are invited to this formal dinner (professional attire and white coats) to honor the Class of 2017 and 3rd & 4th year student mentors. Spouses are also welcome. Seating will be by society tables and a representative(s) from each society will give a brief presentation on their respective namesake and introduce 3rd & 4th year student mentors. The invited guest speaker is, Melvyn Schreiber, M.D., Professor in the Department of Radiology.

FAC WAC Competition

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

This year's event was held November 8th in the Old Red Amphitheatre. Admission was $5 each which included a pizza lunch a well as great door prizes from generous local businesses. Tickets were sold in Joe's and John Sealy Cafeterias the week before and at the door.

» View pictures from FAC WAC 2013

This year's event raised approximately $500.00!!

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