Colloquium at Western

History of Medicine Colloquium

The Colloquium at Western was an annual event where medical students presented papers on a variety of history of medicine topics. The event was held in March from 2012 to 2019 inclusive, and showcased the work of Schulich Medicine & Dentisty students who delivered short presentations on their recent work in the history of medicine. Prizes were awarded for the best history of medicine papers, including The Rowntree Prize in Medical History and The Harvey Club Prize in Medical History.

As of March 2020, the Colloquium at Western has been replaced by the History of Medicine Rounds.

2019 Colloquium at Western

2019_HOM_Colloquium_AwardRecipients_no-caption.jpgPictured Above: Prof Shauna Devine, Prof Shelley McKellar, Dr Vivian McAlister, Dean Davy Cheng, Dr Gordon Dickie, Dr Roya Etemad-Rezai, Prof Paul Potter, Gali Katznelson Meds2022, Dr Michael Rieder, Dr John Sangster, Timothy Varghese, Meds2021, Dr Michael Grace.

2019 Rowntree Prize in Medical History Recipients

  • Timothy Varghese, Meds2021 for his project "Breaking the Cardinal Rule: Factors Allowing Doctors to Do Harm"
  • Adrina Zhong, Meds2021 (Windsor campus) for her project "Venereal Villians: The Portrayal of Women in Public Health Campaigns Against STIs during World War II

2019 Harvey Club of London Prize Recipient

  • Gali Katznelson, Meds2022 for her project "People or Drugs: A Comparison of the Representation of the Crack Cocaine and Opioid Epidemics in the Media"

Read about these projects and others at 2019 HoM Colloquium Abstracts here.

Photo gallery for the 2019 HoM Colloquium is available here.

2018 Colloquium at Western

Pictured Above: Dr Vivian McAlister, Prof Shelley McKellar, Dr Jack McDonald, Dr Michael Grace, Daniel Stonjanovic, Meds2018, Michael Chen, Meds2018, Dr John Sangster, Dr Rod Willis, Dr Roya Etemad-Rezai, Prof Shauna Devine.

2018 Rowntree Prize in Medical History Recipients

  • Daniel Stojanovic, Meds2018 for his research project “High as They Have Ever Gone: History of Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Canada and the United States
  • Michael Chen, Meds 2018 for his research project “A Panel Decision for Every Woman: History of Abortions and the Therapeutic Abortion Committee in London, Ontario, 1969-1988

2018 Harvey Club of London Prize Recipient2018_HarveyClubPrizeWinner_SandraBotros.jpg

  • Sandra Botros, Meds 2019 (Windsor campus) for her research project “A Devastating Illness, A Simple Cure: Dr Joseph Goldberger’s Controversial Pursuit of the Etiology and Prevention of Pellagra

2017 Colloquium at Western

The 2017 History of Medicine Colloquium's exciting program included research presentations on topics ranging from cholera and hysteria to head transplantation and the opioid crisis! This year, there were 11 research presentations, 5 poster presentations, and a special 4th year I&T group presentation - "Why Studying Medical History May Make Me a Better Doctor." More than 60 people attended the colloquium, including medical students, faculty and members of the community.

2017 History of Medicine Colloquium Prize WinnersPictured Above: (Left to Right) Dr. Stu Eberhard, Dr. John Sangster, Dr. Roya Etemad-Rezai, Prof. Shelley McKellar, Ariel Gershon, Meds2019, North de Pencier, Meds2019, Katharina Baranova, Meds2020, Prof. Shauna Devine, Dr. Vivian McAlister, Prof. Paul Potter.

2017 Rowntree Prize in Medical History Recipients

  • Ariel Gershon, Meds2019 for his research project "The Bones Tell the Story: How Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation Helped Medicalize Child Maltreatment"
  • Katharina Baranova, Meds2020 for her research project "Blood into Ink: Representations of Medicine and Contemporary Medical Developments in 19th-Century Fictional Literature"

2017 Harvey Club of London Prize Recipient

  • North de Pencier, Meds2019 for her research project "The Carrot and the Other Carrot: Convincing University of Toronto Medical Residents to Train at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital"

2016 Colloquium at Western

2016 Rowntree Prize winner Vanessa De Melo2016 Rowntree Prize in Medical History Recipient

Vanessa DeMelo, Meds 2017, for her research project
Technology and Public Health: Exploring the Relationship between Cochlear Implants and Newborn Hearing Screening



2016 Harvey Club Prize Winner Nicole Arseneau2016 Harvey Club of London Prize Recipient

Nicole Arseneau, Meds 2018, for her research project
Tarnier’s Couveuse: Ingenious Invention or simply Terrific Timing?

Past Programs