History of Medicine Days in Calgary


In early March (typically the weekend before the March break), the University of Calgary hosts a 2-day, national History of Medicine Days conference at which medical students and humanities students from across Canada present posters and oral presentations on their research in the history of medicine. Abstracts are submitted in the first week of January.


HMD Calgary 2017 Attendees

Attendees: Jamie Riggs, Meds 2020, Sandra Botros, Meds 2019, Tehmina Ahmed, Meds 2017, Vanessa de Melo, Meds 2017, Tommy Lin, Meds 2019, Ariel Gershon, Meds 2019, North de Pencier, Meds 2019, Stephanie Chilton, Meds 2019, Kishor Johnson, Meds 2020, Matthew Lund, Meds 2020, Fei Fei Shao, Meds 2019, Madeline Arkle, Meds 2018, Daniel Stojanovic, Meds 2018, Adam Kwinter,  Meds 2019, Katherina Baranova, Meds 2020, Erica Cleto, Meds 2019, Stephanie Hong, Meds 2018, Laura McLeod Meds 2017, Ryan Vamos, Meds 2020, Michael Chen, Meds 2018, Anish Naidu, Meds 2019, Stephanie Mokrycke, Meds 2017, Thien Dang, 2019, Julian Rizos Meds, 2020, Lakshmi Kamala, Meds 2019, Nick Kormier Meds 2017

The History of Medicine Program sent a record 27 students to present their research projects at the History of Medicine Days in Calgary, March 17-18, 2017. The students were extremely successful and were widely recognized for their research winning awards in multiple categories. 

Best Overall:

Kishor Johnson, Meds 2020, 1st Place, Japanese Biological Warfare and Human Experimentation: An Investigation into Japanese Medical Experiments during WW II and the Subsequent American Cover-Up
Tehmina Ahmed, Meds 2017, 2nd Place, Deconstructing the Narrative of Women’s Pain: An Exploration of “Women Diseases” and Gendered Attitudes in Medicine Today

Dr. Clara Christie Award for the Best Presentation on Women in the History of Medicine and Public Health:

North de Pencier, Meds 2019, “Some Nurses and Doctors Don’t Love the People:” Indigenous Voices and their Frustrations in the Archives of the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital, 1969-1996.”

Audiovisual award:

Matthew Lund, Meds 2020, 1st place, The Role of Class in the Understanding of Cholera in 19th-Century England 
Ariel Gershon, Meds 2019, 2nd Place, “The Bones Tell the Story:” How Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation Helped Medicalize Child Maltreatment
Erica Cleto, Meds 2019, 3rd Place, Objects of Ridicule, Subjects of Reverence: Dissecting Student Depictions of the Clinical Anatomy Experience in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Best Overall Poster:

1st Place, Ryan Vamos, Meds 2020, Practical Dissonance: The Nineteenth Century Decline of Music as Medical Therapy". 
2nd Place, Lakshmi Kamala, Meds 2019, Growth of Emergency Medicine as a Medical Specialty 
3rd Place, Anish Naidu, Meds 2019, Demand, Technology and Innovation: The Evaluation of Materials Used in the Manufacture of Prosthetic Limbs


HMD Calgary 2016 Attendees

HMD Calgary 2016 attendeesStudents at HMD 2016 Conference: Top Row (L->R): Ariel Gershon, Adam Kwinter, North de Pencier, Ranjanna Bhattacharjee, Madeline Arkle, Michael Chen, Hao Li, Mathew Volpini 
Bottom Row: Nicholas Cormier, Rob Bobotsis, Vanessa DeMelo, Daniel Stojanovic, Asma Ali, Nicole Arseneau.







Prizes awarded to Schulich Medicine students:
  • Public Health/Women's History 3rd place: Ranjanna Bhattacharjee
  • Public Health / Women's History 2nd place: Vanessa DeMelo
  • Public Health / Women's History 1st place: Nick Cormier
  • Best Use of A/V or Analysis of A/V 3rd place: Daniel Stojanovic
  • Best Use of A/V or Analysis of A/V 2nd place: Nicole Arseneau
  • Best Use of A/V or Analysis of A/V 1st place: Adam Kwinter
  • Best Poster 3rd place: Michael Chen
  • Best Overall 3rd place: North de Pencier

HMD Calgary 2015 Attendees

HMD Calgary 2015 AttendeesStudents at HMD 2015 Conference: Vanessa DeMelo, Jessica Bryce, Daniel Stojanovic, Daniel Liu, Maddy Arkle, Cindy Zhu, Rob Bobotsis, Stephanie Mokrycke, Hannah MacKenzie, and Babak Aberumand.









At the 2015 conference, four awards were presented to our Schulich Medicine students:

  • Rob Bobotsis, Meds 2018 -- 1st place for best history of surgery presentation
  • Vanessa DeMelo, Meds 2017 -- 2nd place for best presentation overall
  • Jessica Bryce, Meds 2018 -- 2nd place for best history of medicine presentation
  • Cindy Ningfu Zhu, Meds 2018 -- 2nd place for best audio/visual presentation

HMD Calgary 2014 Attendees

HMD Calgary 2014 AttendeesStudents at HMD 2014 Conference:Kevin Dueck, Pallavi Sriram, Justine Denomme, Hannah MacKenzie, James Ahlin.










The 2014 presentations of Hannah MacKenzie, Meds 2016 and Kevin Dueck, Meds 2016 delivered later at the History of Medicine Colloquium at Western were awarded the Rowntree Prize in Medical History and the Harvey Club of London Prize respectively.

HMD Calgary 2013 Attendees

HMD Calgary 2013 AttendeesStudents at HMD 2013 Conference: Caitlin Chang, Lauren Gordon, Thomas Fear, Alexander Istl, Kevin Dueck, Horace Cheng.










At the 2013 conference, Horace Chang, Meds 2013 earned 1st prize for Best Use of Audio Visual for his presentation. The research project of Alexandra Istl, Meds 2015 was later awarded The William B. Bean Student Research Award by the American Osler Society, and she delivered this presentation at the 2014 American Osler Society meeting in Oxford, England.


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