How to become a Member
In accordance with the Bylaws of the American Osler Society Inc., “Active Membership shall be open to individuals who have demonstrated an interest in the principles and values of William Osler and a dedication to the history of medicine or the medical humanities. Individuals noted for their medical science or humanism may be considered for Active Membership if they have attended at least one annual meeting at which they have presented a paper, or have attended at least five (5) annual meetings over an eight (8) year period and have demonstrated active commitment to the purposes of the Society through scholarship or other professional activities. To be elected, an individual must receive a 75 percent affirmative vote of the Board of Governors. Applicants for membership who are 75 years or older must remain on Active status for at least 10 years before electing to become an Emeritus Member.
Student Membership shall be open to undergraduate and graduate students and trainees (residents and fellows) who have demonstrated an interest in the principles and values of William Osler, and in the history of medicine or the medical humanities. No dues or meeting registration fees will be charged until student members have completed their formal training. Student members may be considered for Active Membership at the completion of their training if they have presented a paper at an annual meeting. Winners of the William Bennett Bean Award will be inducted automatically as student members in the year they present their Bean paper. Student members shall be elected by a 75 percent affirmative vote by the Board of Governors.
For more information or to submit a membership application form, please contact:
Clyde Partin, Jr., M.D.
Chair, American Osler Society Membership Committee
All nominations must received by the administrator no later than February 1 to be considered at that year’s annual meeting.
Please include the following information with each nomination:
- Completed application form.
- List significant publications that pertain to 1) William Osler, 2) other medical historical topics, 3) other publications.
- List of all the nominee’s publications, included separately from the one-page list of significant publications noted above. This should include complete papers (whether published or accepted for publication). Use the Index Medicus bibliographic form. Please do not send an extensive curriculum vitae.
- Statement from nominee as to why he/she is interested in membership in the American Osler Society, and what the nominee would hope to contribute to the Society.
- Letter of recommendation from member proposing nominee.
- Letter of recommendation from member seconding the nominee.
- One high quality jpeg image of applicant, head & shoulders pose.
The Latin on the certificate is translated below.
AT MEMORIA BENE REDDITAE VITAE SEMPITERNA QUOD ENIM MUNUS REIPUBLICAE AFFERRE MAJUS,
MELIUSVE POSSUMUS, QUAM SI DOCEMUS ATQUE ERUDIMUS JUVENTUTEM.
But the memory of a life laid down well is eternal and for what greater, or more preferable,
gift are we able to bring to the state than if we teach and educate the youth.
Members attending the 2010 meeting in Rochester, Minnesota.