Tomorrow is Osler Day! Be an Oslerian on Wednesday 6 November

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, come with us to celebrate the legacy of Sir William Osler.


Sir William Osler holds up Vesalius’s Tabulae anatomicae sex at the Bodleian Library, 1912. Photo credit: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Image CUS_064-069_P.

Osler Day is typically held on the first Wednesday of November.  It is a day-long series of events that celebrate Sir William Osler in a variety of ways. Moreover, it is a day when Oslerians representing different sectors of McGill do their bit to celebrate the man who gave so much to his alma mater.


Key draws are the Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family William Osler Medical Student Essay Award presentations, which take place over lunch and are administered by the Osler Library; the Osler Lecture, organized by the Department of Social Studies of Medicine, which takes place in the evening; and the banquet, which follows the lecture and is run by the Medical Students Osler Society.

For more information on the medical student presentations and on the Osler Lectureship, keep reading!

Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family William Osler Medical Student Essay Award Presentations

Please join us in listening to the presentations of the three finalists of this year’s Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family William Osler Medical Students’ Essay Award.

The following three medical students will be presenting their research:

  • Athena Ko. The enduring impact of 20th century medical illustration on 21st century medical learning.
  • Leïla Rached-d’Astous. A Modernist’s Sin: An Architectural Interpretation of the Bibliotheca Olseriana in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
  • Brendan Ross. Illustrating the Unimaginable: Dissection Scrolls of Edo-era Japan

Faculty, students and friends are all welcome to attend and show their support for this year’s finalists. Our special thanks to Pam and Rolando Del Maestro, the Medical Students’ Osler Society, and the Board of Curators of the Osler Library.

Time: 11:30-13:30

Venue: McIntyre Medical Building, Jonathan C. Meakins Amphitheatre, 5th Floor, Room 521, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6. A light lunch will be served in the Dean’s Conference Room, Room 519.

42nd Annual Osler Lectureship

Lecture: McGill Medicine on Easter Island: the Forgotten Expedition

In 1964, Dr. Stanley Skoryna of McGill led an international expedition to Easter Island, the most isolated community in the world. The team sought to document the island’s unique biosphere and the health of its inhabitants before both would be irrevocably changed by the advent of an airport and exposure to the outside world. Based on years of exhaustive research, this talk explores what happened, what went wrong, and the unintended consequences of Stanley’s dream.

Speaker: Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Professor Emerita, Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine, Queen’s University

Time: 18:00

Venue: McIntyre Medical Building, Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre, 5th Floor, Room 504, Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6



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