The UQMS Annual
E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

Professor Errol Solomon Meyers

A Founder of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

by Professor John Pearn AO RFD, Patron, The University of Queensland Medical Society

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1936 after five decades of advocacy for a medical school in what was to become the state of Queensland. Many laboured to achieve the opportunity for careers in medicine for young Queensland men and women. One of the acknowledged founding fathers was Dr Errol Solomon Meyers. A pioneer in professional health education in Queensland, he was a leader in postgraduate medical education and undergraduate and postgraduate dental education prior to the establishment of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Queensland in 1936. From 1925 he was a leader in postgraduate medical education courses conducted at the British Medical Association (Queensland Branch), and was the doyen of surgical anatomy. A general surgeon and teacher of singular ability, E.S. Meyers taught anatomy and surgical dissection to dental students in Brisbane from 1922, establishing an Anatomy School within the dental hospital in George Street in 1927. From that time Dr Meyers brought the strength of his considerable personality to bear on the need to establish a School of Medicine in Queensland, a triumph achieved finally on 13 March 1936. In July 1957, the year after the death of this founding father, the UQMS established the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to honour his contributions to medicine in general, and to his role as one of the most significant founders of the Medical School in Queensland in particular. As a reflection of the ethos of “Joe” Meyers’ life this Memorial Lecture, which this year celebrates its 59th anniversary, comprises a forum for a person of distinction to present a perspective of endeavour and achievement.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

The Errol Solomon Meyers Memorial Lecture, now in its 59th year, is the premier academic event on the UQMS calendar. The lecture is a special tribute to the life of Professor Meyers, and a wonderful opportunity to bring together members of the medical, university and general community. The UQMS is grateful for the support and contribution of the Meyers family and our past orators, who have assisted the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to become one of the largest public lectures of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture is held as a free public event for all to attend and enjoy. It is tradition that at the conclusion of the lecture, guests are invited to make a donation, the funds of which will be donated to a charity of the speaker’s choosing.

Past Speakers

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About UQMS

The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) is the peak representative body for students at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. As a not-for-profit association that is run by students, for students, the Society's goal is to advocate, advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students, enrich the academic and social spheres of medical study, develop and maintain professional links with local, state and national stakeholders, and contribute to the community through its charity initiative, The Ashintosh Foundation.

From its inception in 1936, the UQMS has maintained a significant and respected voice in medicine at a university, state and national level. The Society is led by an executive of 10 medical students and supported by a team of representatives and convenors in excess of 80 medical students. While many traditions such as the annual May Ball, Sports Day and Trephine magazine have continued to the present day, the activities of the UQMS have expanded in recent years in response to student interest and diversity. Such additions include the establishment of the student health and wellbeing society UQ Mind, the University of Queensland Surgical Interest Group and the Global and Community Health Subcommittee. With over 60 events per year to support medical students, the UQMS is here to provide a life outside of medicine! Visit the UQMS Website