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Calgary students contribute to the national History of Medicine Days Conference

26th Annual History of Medicine Days Conference at the University of Calgary

THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE DAYS CONFERENCE is an annual two-day, national and international conference held at the University of Calgary. The next conference is being held on Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, 2017.

2017 HMD Programme Friday
2017 HMD Programme Saturday


Undergraduate students from across Canada, the United States, and Overseas are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or 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 entire conference.

The topics for presentation will cover a wide range and 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 active participants are invited to join us at the Awards Banquet on the last evening of the conference.

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

If three 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 presentations. We ask, however, that presentations and poster abstracts be sent in by one author only, not multiple authors.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Paul Weindling from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, United Kingdom. The title for his presentation will be publicly shared when the preliminary program is established.

For further information on available stipends and to see the call for presentations and other application related materials please go to the website of the Calgary History of Medicine and Health Care Program ( The deadline for this CfP is January 16th, 2017. Please send your abstracts and application materials directly to:

Yours in history
Donna Weich
Conference Coordinator

click here for registration form
click here for abstract format and sample

Student Volunteers on the Planning Committee

The organization of the 2017 HMDs conference would again not be possible without the gracious and important support from our student volunteers:

Ashleigh Frayne (General Program Committee, UME Rep) email
Tejeswin Sharma (Special Assistance Committee) email
Jonathan Craig (Billeting Committee) email
Jessica Tannenbaum (Banff Trip) email
Erna Kurbegovic (General Program Committee, Grad Rep) email

Poster Instructions for Presenters

click here for poster-presentation-guidelines-february-12-2015.pdf

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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