University of Calgary

History of Medicine Days (HMD)

Sponsored by AMS logo Alberta Medical Association University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine

The last History of Medicine Days 2014 Conference was held March 7th and March 8th.

History of Medicine Days Conference Report: HMD Report 2014-1.pdf

THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE DAYS CONFERENCE is an annual two-day, nation-wide conference held at the University of Calgary.  The last conference was held on Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th, 2014.

Undergraduates and early graduate students from across Canada and the United States are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or a poster presentation on the history of medicine and health care.  The presentations will be 10 to 12 minutes for oral or 2 to 3 minutes for a poster (with additional discussion time afterwards). The poster display will be up for the whole conference. 

The topics for presentation would cover a wide range and could include areas such as the Classics, the History of Public Health, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Human Biology and Neuroscience etc.  Prizes will be awarded in different categories and all are invited to join us at the Awards Banquet on the last evening of the conference.

Each student must present an original research attempt with new methodological perspectives on the topic and/or have a critical discussion following the presentation.

If two to four students would like to present together on a related topic, this could be done in a panel form.  A suitable discussant will then be identified by the conference organizers to comment upon these particular papers.  We ask, however, that presentations and poster abstracts be sent in by one author only, not multiple authors.

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Thomas Schlich, a James McGill Professor at the Department of Social Studies of Medicine (McGill University, Montreal, Canada).  His presentation is entitled: “Examining the History of Medical Practices: Styles and Skills in Surgery, 1800-1920s”.

For any further information on available stipends and to see the call for papers and other application related materials please go to the website of the Calgary History of Medicine and Health Care Program.

Registration Form:  click here

Format & Sample:  click here

HMDs Conference Program: HMDs Program UofC 2014 - February 24, 2014.pdf

The deadline for this CfP is January 12, 2014.

Beth Cusitar, Conference Coordinator

Conference participants please note:

Registration is required

Included in the free registration is a continental breakfast, coffee, and lunches on both days, as well as a reception and buffet dinner held Friday evening. There will also be a reception and awards dinner on Saturday evening. For those involved in the two-day event (presenters, volunteers, discussants, moderators, etc.) there will be no charge for the Awards Dinner. However, we are requesting $45.00 per person to cover the costs of the Awards Dinner for any guest(s) you may wish to bring (and you are certainly encouraged to do so).

Physicians please note:

CME Credit Approval, Section 1 through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) has been applied for. The potential CME credit points will be communicated on-site at the HMDs conference.

Instructions for Preparation of Manuscripts - After the Conference (Submission for Peer Review)

For the preparation of the manuscripts for the HMDs Proceedings (15 pp., single-spaced, literature included in the footnotes, without the use of automatic referencing software), please adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style (Humanities Style). The Chicago Manual of Style can be found on the following Internet page:

For the preparation of posters for the HMDs, please be made aware that the biggest acceptable size is 120 cm (horizontal) x 90 cm (vertical). Posters bigger than that can simply not be hung on the poster boards (sic!) available at our Medical School.

There are no restrictions regarding the graphics design. The top row of the poster, however, should specify the title, the name of the presenter, the name of the preceptor, and the insitution of origin. In the text, the following sections should be included: Introduction / Methodology (incl. the sources used) / General Context (incl. rel. to the research lit.) / Historical Narrative (i.e. the pesentation of the project itself) / Discussion / Acknowledgements / Bibliography. Let yourselves be guided by clinical and scientific posters, but also make use of your own creativity to present your fascinating history project in the best visual form possible.

To view the guidelines for poster presentations and the audio/visual equipment provided by the University of Calgary at the Libin Theatre, please click here Some helpful, general suggestions have been kindly provided by a UofC alumni student in the history of medicine. You can find these suggestions here.

The History of Medicine Days Conference Organizing Committee would like to archive the annual Proceedings Volumes (past and present) in the University of Calgary Institutional Repository ( The U of C Institutional Repository is supported by the Libraries and Cultural Resources Information Technologies Department and strives to freely disseminate the academic output of our Institution.

If you consent to the inclusion of your paper in the Institutional Repository please complete the History of Medicine Days Author Consent Form and send it in to the History of Medicine and Health Care program at the University of Calgary – Link

AMS - Mimi Divinsky Awards for History and Narrative in Family Medicine

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