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Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics.
In October of 1904, Aaron Brown and eight of his friends founded Phi Delta Epsilon at Cornell University Medical College. At that time, there were many doors closed to Jewish medical students and physicians, doors which would not fully open until after World War II.
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The Aaron Brown Distinguished Lectureship is an endowed program of the Phi Delta Epsilon Foundation. This program is held annually on medical school campuses throughout the world. Through the sponsorship of scientific presentations conducted by renowned lecturers, this program facilitates interaction amount medical students and members of the local medical community.

This lectureship was established in 1943 to honor the Fraternity’s Founder, Dr. Aaron Brown.

Dr. Aaron Brown was one of the world’s pioneers in the field of allergy and worked closely with Dr. Robert A. Cooke, as the “new” medical specialty was established in 1918. In 1938, he was elected President of the American Academy of Allergy, which recognized his significant contributions to research and the practice of clinical allergy.

Seeing the need for a non-sectarian medical fraternity, Dr. Brown founded Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity at Cornell University in 1904. He saw the main benefits being friendship, character, scholarship and leadership to produce good, conscientious physicians. Today, the Fraternity has chapters on premedical and medical school campuses in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Poland and the Caribbean.

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Brown always found time for the Fraternity he had established and faithfully served the organization and its members until his death in 1945.

Please share the history of this lecture with you chapter. We hope that by knowing our history, our members will be more successful in the future.

General Information

Brown Lectures are provided for medical chapters in good standing. Colonies may not host a lecture until they have been chartered for a least one full semester.

Each chapter should appoint a Lectureship Committee consisting of chapter members and an advisor. This committee can be part of the Programming Committee under the Vice President of Programming. The committee should decide on a lecture topic/subject matter. If you need assistance finding a speaker, please contact the Executive Office at least 4-6 months in advance at phide@phide.org. Once you find a speaker, please note the topic and speaker must be approved by the Foundation. Details and timelines can be found below.

Approved Brown lecture topics should promote the highest scientific and educational standards in the practice of medicine, medical teaching, and research. They should also promote the discussion of current social and economic issues related to medicine as well as promote the art and humanity of medicine.

Example of approved past topics include: Immunization 101: Dispelling the myths, What Women Want: The New Viagra, Humor in Medicine: Dealing with Death and Dying, Facial Transplantation: New Technology, and Sleep Study: Neurology When We Dream.

Topics like How to Get the Residency You Want, Healthcare 101 and USMLE Strategies, while important, should be included in regular chapter programming and NOT submitted for Brown lectures. Please contact our partners and local graduate clubs to help find speakers during meeting time for topics like these more.

Each chapter may have one Lectureship per academic year. The Phi Delta Epsilon Foundation Office will reimburse approved expenditures up to a total of $500. These items MUST be documented expenses and may include posters and media advertising, travel & hotel room for the lecturer, a plaque or small gift for the lecturer, and the lecture all rental. Lectures Funds Do Not Pay For Student Meals, Parties, Dinners, travel upgrades or alcohol of any kind.

The Foundation will also pay for a $100 Speaker Honorarium for your approved Brown Lecturer. The honorarium will be in the form of a check made payable to the speaker and sent to the chapter one to two weeks in advance of the lecture. In order to be reimbursed for expenses, a claim form must be completed. Receipts should support the expenses and the signatures of the chapter President and Advisor are required.

Lecture Goals

Primary goals of the Lectureship:

  • Promote the highest scientific and educational standards in the practice of medicine, medical teaching, and research.
  • Promote the discussion of current social and economic issues related to medicine.
  • Promote the art and humanity of medicine.

Secondary goals of the Lectureship:

  • Promote the name of Phi Delta Epsilon on campus.
  • Increase the involvement of graduate and faculty members with the student members of the Fraternity.

Foundation Procedures:

The name and address of the Speaker, a copy of their CV/Resume and the date and topic of the lecture all must be forwarded to the Foundation Office (via the Executive Office) at least 2 months in advance for approval. An honorarium will be sent from the Foundation to the chapter for the speaker. Please note: the Foundation will NOT reimburse the chapter for any honorariums paid by the chapter.

Following the lecture, a copy of the presentation should be sent to the Phi DE News and Scientific Journal for possible publication.

Within two weeks following the lecture, the chapter must forward to the Foundation Office the completed Lecture Report Form, Reimbursement Claim Form, and itemized expenses. Upon receipt of this information, the chair of the Lectureship Committee will send a special letter of thanks to the speaker.

12 Months Prior:

  • Elect a committee to work on the lectureship for next year.
  • Discuss possible topics, speakers, and sponsors.
  • Get a list of previous speakers from the Executive Office and/or the lecture committee chairperson.

6 to 12 Months Prior:

  • Select a speaker and a date (often in conjunction with the dean, the head of the department, or your co-sponsor) and the location.
  • Get an educational co-sponsor (for example: a university department, a pharmaceutical company, or a graduate club).

2 to 6 Months Prior:

  • Plan the lecture and associated events (appreciation reception, hospital rounds with the department, grand rounds, etc.).
  • Send the speaker’s name, CV and lecture topic to the Executive Office.

1 to 2 Months Prior:

  • Advertise the lecture (posters on campus and in hospital doctors’ lounges, media notification).
  • Send personal invitations to appropriate people.

2 Weeks Prior:

  • Make sure all arrangements for the event are in order (lecture hall reserved, honorarium check in hand, plaque engraved if applicable, etc).

On the lecture date:

  • Have the lecture.
  • Present the honorarium to the speaker.
  • Give the speaker a plaque or another token of your appreciation.

1 Week after the lecture:

  • Fill out the lecture report forms and send copies of the receipts, along with the reimbursement form to the Executive Office.
  • Send a synopsis of the lecture to the editor of the Phi Delta Epsilon News and Scientific Journal for publication.
  • Send the speaker a thank-you note.


Send all correspondence to:
Aaron Brown Lecture Committee
Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
1005 N. Northlake Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019