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 2021 --- Schulich Medicine students delivered strong presentations and won awards at this year’s national History of Medicine Days (HMD) conference in Calgary (held on Zoom) on March 18, 19 and 20, 2021. The 3-day virtual event incorporated abstracts from last year's cancelled conference as well as new student projects, which resulted in a full and engaging program!
15 Schulich Medicine students participated, and 7 prizes awarded! Congratulations to all students!
Oral Presentations: 9 student presentations
- Healer or Hag? Female Medical Practitioners and Witch Accusations in 17th-Century New England – Nicole Lam, Med2022
PRIZE AWARDED: 3rd Place Best Use of Audio-Visual Technology
- Psychiatrists, Obstetricians, and the Insane Woman: Puerperal Insanity in Canada, 1880-1910 – Jelena Poleksic, Med2022
- ‘Ideal Obstetrics’ – How the Field of Obstetrics Progressed by Leaving Women Behind – Ilinca Georgescu, Med2022
- Disposing of a Reusable Gown: A History of Sustainable Surgical Attire – Taj Brar, Med2022
PRIZE AWARDED: 2nd Place Dr Peter Cruse Award for the Best Presentation in History of Surgery
- The Independent Inventions of General Anesthesia in 19th-Century Japan and United States: Why the Latter Revolutionized Surgery while the Former was Forgotten? – Arjun Patel, Med2024
PRIZE AWARDED: 1st Place Dr Peter Cruse Award for the Best Presentation in History of Surgery
- Patients Awake during Neurosurgery? The Awake Craniotomy and the Role of the Patient as Innovative 20th-Century Surgery – Andrea Kassey, Med2023
PRIZE AWARDED: 3rd Place Dr Peter Cruse Award for the Best Presentation in History of Surgery
- The Evolution of Asthma Treatment and Management: A Review of the Past Century – Yechan Kim, Med2023
- Not Only to Conceal: Investigating the Interplay between Disease and Clothing Fashion on the Patient Experience – Nick Maizlin, Med2023
PRIZE AWARDED: 2nd Place Best Use of Audio-Visual Technology
- Unpacking the Medicine Chest Clause of Treaty No. 6 – Melissa Chopcian, Med2022
PRIZE AWARDED: 1st Place Best Presentation Overall
Poster Presentations: 6 student presentations
- The Medical Journal: Genesis of a Genre – Anthony Ziccarelli, Med2022
PRIZE AWARDED: 1st Place Best Poster Presentation
- Could Someone Else’s Breast be Best? A History of Donor Breast Milk in Canada – Alexandra Sylvester, Med2022
- “The Building of Trauma-Informed Care in Medicine.”– Lama Mouneimne, Med2022
- To Infinity and Beyond: Comparing the Early Challenges of Aerospace Medicine to the Challenges of Space Tourism Today – Sarah Allarakhia, Med2022
- Discovery rediscovered: Tropical Medicine and Indigenous Knowledge in Ceylon – Tharsan Kanagalingam, Med2023
- Not Criminally Responsible: The Changing Landscape of Forensic Psychiatry and Mental Illness in Canadian Legislation – Joella Ho, Med2022
2019 Attendees: Katherine Li, Kishor Johnson, Lydia Reynolds-Royer, Cyrus Ahmadi, Malik El-Feghi, Sean Wong, Sarah Cocco, Ariel Gershon, Adrina Zhong, Elise Quint, Sydney Eaton, Daniel Semenov, Jessica Howlett, Timothy Varghese, Wesley Tin, Taj Brar, Gabriel Soicher, Layla Amer Ali, Brenna Hansen, North de Pencier, Jacob Wihlidal, Bojana Radan, Katie Marriott, Malory Ross, Michael Z. Huang, YooJung Choi, Nicole Lam, Sandra Botros, Jelena Poleksic, Albert Vo, Alina Abbasi, Matthew Lund, Michelle Kwong, Professor Paul Potter (2019 HMD Keynote Speaker)
Prizes awarded to Schulich Medicine students:Taj Brar - 2nd Place Best Overall Presentation - "Controlling the Physician’s Gaze: Blood Lead Levels and the War for Leaded Gasoline"
Jacob Wihlidal - 1st Place Best Presentation on the History of Surgery - "The Breakthrough of Bovinae and the Bicuspid: The Challenges and Triumphs of Dr. Alain Carpentier’s Cardiac Valve Xenograft and their Impact on North American Cardiac Surgery"
Wesley Tin - 2nd Place Best Presentation on the History of Internal Medicine - "Cause for Pause: The Overzealous Media Coverage of CTE and its Negative Effects"
Cyrus Ahmadi & Malik El-Feghi - 3rd Place Best Presentation on the History of Internal Medicine - "Sphygmology and the Canon of Medicine: An Ancient and Modern Comparison of Ibn Sina’s Study of Pulse and its Use as a Diagnostic Tool"
Sarah Cocco - 1st Place Best Presentation on Women in the History of Medicine / History of Public Health - "Lessons from Woodstock ’69: The Tumultuous History of Mass Gathering Medicine (MGM)"
Michael Z. Huang & Yoo Jung Choi - 1st Place Best Poster Presentation - "Palm-N-Turn: The Impact of Child-Resistant Medications Lids"
Nicole Lam - 2nd Place Best Poster Presentation - "Robbing Rights and Dignity After Death: The Illegal Dissections of African American Cadavers by Medical Schools in Late 18th Century America"
Jelena Poleksic - 3rd Place Best Poster Presentation - "Controversy, Disappointment, and Hope: Coverage of World Health Organization Public Health Emergency Operations in Canadian News Media"
Jessica Howlett - 1st Place Best Use of Audio Visual - "Resistance to Change: Hypertension, Heart Disease, and Skepticism in Medicine"
Robin Liu, Michael Chen, Mathew Roche, John Pan, North de Pencier, Kaitlyn Hayes, Jeremy Kwok, Madeline Arkle, Sean Wong, Mark Krongold, Michael A. Baker, Wesley Tin, Carlos Muzlera, Lakshmi Kamala, Ryan Chevalier, Fei Fei Shao, Emily Stephenson, Bryony Dorrington, Layla Amer, Erik Mandawe, Ariel Gershon, Daniel Stojanovic, Matthew He
Prizes awarded to Schulich Medicine students:Robin Liu - 1st Place Best Presentation on Women in the History of Medicine and Public Health-"Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Birth of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Evolving Concept of Fetal Rights"
Michael Chen - 3rd Place Best Presentation on Women in the History of Medicine and Public Health - "A Panel Decision for Every Woman: History of Abortions and the Therapeutic Abortion Committee in London, Ontario, 1969-1988"
Madeline Arkle - 2nd Place Best Presentation on the History of Internal Medicine - "Picking up the Scent: An Exploration of Odor as a Marker of Disease"
Matthew He - 3rd PlaceBest Presentation on the History of Internal Medicine - "Taking on the State: How One Brave Doctor's Letter Curbed the 2003 SARS Epidemic in China"
Ariel Gershon- I - "How Amytal Changed Psychopharmacology: Off Label Uses of Sodium Amytal from 1920- 1940"
Matthew Roche - 2nd PlaceBest Presentation on the History of Surgery - "Murder, Mystery, and Medicine: An Examination of the Doctors behind Sherlock Holmes and their Influence on Pathology in Late 19th-Century Scotland"
Lakshmi Kamala - 2nd Place Best Poster Presentation - "History of Advanced Trauma Life Support: An Analysis of the Revolutionary Changes in Trauma Management Training"
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
Prizes awarded to Schulich Medicine students: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: Ryan Vamos, Meds 2020, 1st Place, Practical Dissonance: The Nineteenth Century Decline of Music as Medical Therapy".
Lakshmi Kamala, Meds 2019, 2nd Place, Growth of Emergency Medicine as a Medical Specialty
Anish Naidu, Meds 2019, 3rd Place, Demand, Technology and Innovation: The Evaluation of Materials Used in the Manufacture of Prosthetic Limbs
Students at HMD 2016 Conference: Top Row (L->R): Ariel Gershon, Adam Kwinter, North de Pencier, Ranjanna Bhattacharjee, Madeline Arkle, Michael Chen, Hao Li, Mathew Volpin
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
Students 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.
Rob Bobotsis, Meds 2018 -- 1st place for best history of surgery presentation
At the 2015 conference, four awards were presented to our Schulich Medicine students:
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
Students 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.
Students 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.
HMD 2018 (PDF, 246KB)
HMD 2017 (PDF, 292KB)
HMD 2016 (PDF, 309KB)
HMD 2015 (PDF, 114KB)
HMD 2014 (PDF, 308KB)
HMD 2013 (PDF, 228KB)