Colloquium at Western

History of Medicine Colloquium

History of Medicine Colloquium

Each March, medical students present papers on a variety of history of medicine topics. The colloquium showcases the work of Schulich Medicine students who will deliver short presentations on their recent work in the history of medicine. Prizes are awarded for the best history of medicine papers, including The Rowntree Prize in Medical History and The Harvey Club Prize in Medical History.



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.

Congratulations to the 2017 History of Medicine Colloquium Prize Winners:

2017 Harvey Club of of London Prize Winner

North de Pencier, Medicine Class of 2019 -- "The Carrot and the Other Carrot: Convincing University of Toronto Medical Residents to Train at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital"

2017 Rowntree Prize in Medical History Winners (2 named this year)

Katharina Baranova, Medicine Class of 2020 -- "Blood into Ink: Representations of Medicine and Contemporary Medical Developments in 19th-Century Fictional Literature"

Ariel Gershon, Medicine Class of 2019 -- "The Bones Tell the Story: How Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation Helped Medicalize Child Maltreatment"

Photos from this year's event are below:

2017 History of Medicine Colloquium Prize Winners

Pictured 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.

Pictured Below: Audience members at this year's colloquium.
2017 History of Medicine Colloquium Audience

2017 History of Medicine Audience Members


2016 History of Medicine Colloquium Award Winners:

2016 Rowntree Prize winner Vanessa De Melo 2016 Rowntree Prize 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 Prize Recipient: Nicole Arseneau, Meds 2018, for her research project “Tarnier’s Couveuse: Ingenious Invention or simply Terrific Timing?”










Past Programs

  • 2017 (PDF, 232 KB)
  • 2016 (PDF, 720 KB)
  • 2015 (PDF, 232 KB)
  • 2014 (PDF, 262 KB)
  • 2013 (PDF, 81 KB)
  • 2012 (PDF, 438 KB)