In 2011, at the 45th graduation reunion of the Medicine Class of 1966, several members of the class reflected on the frequently expressed opinion that physicians might not be meeting their responsibilities. It was felt that too many physicians were not living up to the goals of the profession as outlined by Sir William Osler.
The Medicine Class of 1966 committee decided that an appropriate 'legacy' would be to establish an annual medical student award for 'Professionalism'. The Medicine Class of 1966 Committee was looking for ways to mark their 50th anniversary. After much consideration, they decided to raise funds from their members to establish an endowment fund to provide an annual, final year medical student award in professionalism. The goal of this scholarship is to promote the values of professionalism. In an age of ever greater reliance on technology, there is a need to preserve the tradition of the compassionate physician.
The goal of the Medicine Class of 1966 was to promote the values of Professionalism when in an age of ever greater reliance on technology, there appeared to be a threat to the preservation of the tradition of the compassionate physician. In 2016, there appeared to be room for improvement in the practice of medicine as it related to the Four Pillars of Professionalism, along with compassion and empathy.
In 1966, the Class was known as the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Medicine Class of 1966.