Osler Society at Western

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The Osler Society at Western facilitates exchange among medical students and faculty through their engagement with various themes in the history of medicine. Facilitated by the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, this club is run by and for medical students and meets throughout the year.

Osler Society Co-Presidents for 2021-22

  • AJ Patel, Meds 2024
  • Snow Wangding, Meds 2024
  • Farnoosh Naderinabi, Meds 2024
  • Andrew Nguyen, Meds 2024 [Windsor]

Winter 2022 Meeting Schedule

Dr Roland Del Maestro, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FACS, DABNS
"Leonardo da Vinci and the Search for the Soul"

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. -- ZOOM
Event Overview: A Joint Session of Western's Osler Society (Schulich Medicine) with the McGill Osler Society  
Register in advance for this meeting at: https://mcgill.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcOCvqjspHtRJ8MGV9CINVAOQ3CSxWTk9

Abstract: Where is the anatomical location of the soul? Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) used a myriad of innovative methods acquired from his knowledge of painting, sculpture, and architecture to define more clearly the site of the “senso comune”—the soul. In this presentation Dr Del Maestro examines some of the sources of this ancient question, the knowledge base tapped by Leonardo for his personal “search for the soul,” and how modern concepts such as artificial intelligence shed further light on Leonardo’s quest.  

Biographical Profile: Dr Rolando F. Del Maestro (UWO Meds’73) is a Canadian neurosurgeon, scientist, innovator, and Director of the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre. He has led Brain Research Laboratories at Western University prior to joining McGill University in 2000. With over 40 years of experience, he has trained >100 neurosurgical residents/fellows with a practice focused on complex neuro-oncology procedures. 

History of Medicine Rounds at Schulich Medicine

Likely early March 2022, which features the history of medicine independent research projects. Learn More.

History of Medicine Days at University of Calgary

Likely mid-March 2022, with an abstract deadline in January 2022. Learn More.


Recent Events

Online Visiting Speaker Series: Dr. Susan Lamb, "Why do Psychiatric Diagnoses Appear and Disappear from the DSM?” A History of Mental Illnesses

Date: February 16, 2022 
Event Overview: A Joint Session of Western's Osler Society (Schulich Medicine) with the Psychiatry and Mental Health Interest Group (PMHIG) at the University of Ottawa Medical Faculty. 

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Past Events

Read about Osler Society events -- with photos -- from previous years.