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Cecil Striker Society lecture celebrates two pioneers in medical education

Philip M. Diller and Robert E. Rakel will discuss the influences of Daniel Drake and Sir William Osler on medical education and medicine on May 15

daniel drake and sir william osler

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine will host the 10th Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, in the Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way.

This year’s lecture, titled "Daniel Drake’s Connection to Sir William Osler: Celebrating Two Medical Education Reformers," will focus on the immense impact both physicians had on medical education. Dr. Philip M. Diller and Dr. Robert E. Rakel will serve as co-lecturers for the event.

Daniel Drake (1785-1852) was an influential figure in 19th century American medicine, gaining fame as physician, scientist, author, educator and ardent champion for the City of Cincinnati. In 1819, Drake was a founder of Cincinnati College and the founding president of the Medical College of Ohio, which eventually became the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. He argued for raising standards of medical education by having students study at patient bedsides and work in hospitals. A history of medicine from 1921 hailed Drake’s Practical Essays on Medical Education in the United States (1832) as one of “the most important contributions ever made to the subject in this county.”

Frequently described as the "Father of Modern Medicine," Sir William Osler (1849-1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians and sought to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. Both Osler and Drake shared similar views on medical education and Osler became a frequent and ardent evangelizer for Drake. “[H]e, in many ways,” Osler said of Drake, “is the most unique figure in American medicine.”

The evening will include the lecture and audience Q&A from 5-6:30 p.m. Immediately following will be a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. outside the Winkler Center with an opportunity to view the exhibit highlighting both Drake and Osler on display in the Stanley J. Lucas, M.D., Board Room.

An added bonus this year, the University of Cincinnati Bicentennial and the Winkler Center invite all to the Dr. Daniel Drake Ohio Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony immediately before the Cecil Striker Lecture. Join us at 4:15 p.m. on the Eden Avenue steps of the CARE/Crawley Building, 3230 Eden Avenue.

Dr. Philip M. Diller served as chair of the University of Cincinnati Department of Family and Community Medicine before assuming his current role as senior associate dean for educational affairs. He practiced community family medicine for 23 years and now practices hospital palliative care medicine. He is an award-winning teacher who received the Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 from the American Academy of Family Physicians.  An avid medical historian he serves as Chair of the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and recently authored Leaving a Legacy: Lessons from the Writing of Daniel Drake, published by the University of Cincinnati Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and for signing immediately following the reception.

Dr. Robert E. Rakel is emeritus professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Following graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1958, Dr. Rakel began private practice as a family physician in Newport Beach, California. In 1969, he became the first Chairman of Family Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He also served as Family Medicine Department Chair at the University of Iowa and the Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Rakel has written and/or edited more than 50 books including the Textbook of Family Medicine (now in its 9th edition).  He also served as President of the American Osler Society in 1993-1994, and was recipient of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine Daniel Drake Medal in 2014.

The Cecil Striker Lecture is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested to 513-558-5120 or chhp@uc.edu.


The Winkler Center salutes our sponsors for their generous support of the lecture:
Dr. and Mrs. William B. Camm
Dr. and Mrs. Creighton B. Wright

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions gratefully recognizes the generosity and foresight of the following individuals and organizations who have provided significant support to establish the Cecil Striker Lecture Endowment Fund.  This endowment fund is a vital permanent resource to strengthen the annual lecture program.

Presenting Sponsor
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Fischer
Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Dr. John E. Bossert
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Supporting Sponsor
Dr. and Mrs. Michael K. Farrell
UC Health

Additional support provided by:
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Davis, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Philip M. Diller
Drs. William E. Hurford and Lesley I. Gilbertson
Drs. Laura and Richard Kretschmer, Jr.
Cecil L. Striker, PhD.

To discuss a gift to the Winkler Center, contact Christa A. Bernardo, Director of Development, at 513-556-0055 or christa.bernardo@uc.edu.

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