Osler Society at Western

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.


History Month Talks: Student Showcase

  • Sean Wong, "The Alexandria Plan: Dr. James Mills and a New Emergency Medicine Hospital Model in 1960s America"
  • Sarah Cocco, "Lessons from Woodstock ’69: The Tumultuous History of Mass Gathering Medicine (MGM)"
  • Nicole Lam, "Robbing Rights and Dignity After Death: The Illegal Dissections of African American Cadavers by Medical Schools in Late 18th Century America"
  • Wesley Tin, "Cause for Pause: The Overzealous Media Coverage of CTE and its Negative Effects"
Pictured below (from left to right): Sean Wong, Sarah Cocco, Nicole Lam, and Wesley Tin.
Sean Wong at Osler Society Sarah Cocco at Osler Society Nicole Lam at Osler Society Wesley Tin at Osler Society

Tuesday, April 16
12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
HSA History of Medicine Library
All Welcome! Light refreshments available at 12 noon


Past Events

Sexual and Reproductive Health Session: A Joint Session of the Osler Society & Local Officers of Reproductive and Sexual Health of the CFMS Global Health program

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 -- 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
MSB 146 (London) and MEB 1115 (Windsor)

  • Dr Shelley McKellar, Hannah Chair, "Public Health Campaigns and Sexual Health: What's Changed? Dare to be Shocked!"
  • Bojana Radan, Med Class 2021, “The Decade in Romania with No Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Access”
  • LORSH 2022 executives, "Contraceptive Testing on Puerto Rican Women"

Pizza & Talk: Dr Maureen Lux, author of Separate Beds -- "Race, Medicine and the State:  Indian Hospitals in Canada"

Friday, November 23, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
HSA 101 -- an OTN Video-Conference session with Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) History of Health & Medicine lecture series

Guest Speaker: Dr Susan Reverby, 2018 Visiting Speaker in the History of Medicine

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
HSA 041 History of Medicine Library 

  • "How to escape Melodrama when you discuss Immoral Medical Research"
    Dr Reverby is author of the prize-winning book, Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy (UNC, 2009). Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dr Reverby discuss the history and ethics of the syphilis studies at Tuskegee and in Guatemala as well as other questionable medical activities on human subjects at this Osler Society event. Is this infamous medical research about bad guys, duped victims or something else? This session open only to medical students. (Read more here about Dr Reverby's work.)

Fall 2018 Welcome Meeting - October 11, 2018 


Osler Opioid History Day with Dr Sharon Koivu and medical student presentations - March 29, 2018

Banting House Tour - January 19, 2018

HOM students sitting on Banting's bed at Banting house

Guest Speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Duke University - October 3rd, 2017

"Alternative Facts, Alternative Stories: Talking to Patients Who Don't Trust Science"
From climate change to nutritional science, more and more people question scientific consensus when they disagree with its findings. We'll try to understand the dynamics of this story by focusing on the rise of the modern anti-vaccine movement. Why has this movement become so powerful since the 1980s? To what extent is it different than the small pox anti-vaccination movement that peaked just over a century ago? Most importantly, we will look at how vaccine opponents make use of history, and discuss how we might respond. 

 Welcome Meeting - September 12th, 2017

Osler Society members

The Osler Society at Western is pleased to present Dr. Mindy Schwartz from the University of Chicago at this year's Welcome Meeting. Dr. Schwartz will give a talk "Leeches: Old Medicine is New" on September 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held in the History of Medicine office, Health Sciences Addition, Rm. 041.