AARON BROWN LECTURESHIPS
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.
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