AMS is a key supporter of the history of medicine and healthcare in Canada, and believes that the understanding of our past is a way to create a better healthcare system for the future.
For more than forty years AMS has championed the discipline and helped establish a formidable Canadian presence in the international community. From the initial creation of the five Hannah Chairs and the Hannah Institute in the 1970s to the 2015 launch of the History of Medicine and Healthcare Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Grant Program and the Hannah Chair in the History of Aboriginal Health at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,AMS has created an enduring culture of teaching and research.
The History of Medicine and Healthcare in Canada
-The Legacy of Dr. Jason Hannah
The support of scholarly activity in the history of medicine was AMS’s first focus after becoming a charity, as a legacy tribute to founder Dr. Jason Hannah. Chairs in the history of medicine named after Hannah were established in the then five Ontario faculties of medicine (health sciences).
The Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine was formed in the 1970’s as an intramural operation funded by AMS. In addition to supervising the activities of the Hannah Chairs, the Hannah Institute was responsible for the administration of all AMS grants and awards in the history of medicine. Commencing in 1999 the Hannah Chairs, in partnerships between AMS and the host universities, were endowed in-perpetuity. As a result of the growth of the discipline and the burgeoning of scholarship, as well as financial support from other funding bodies, in 2006, the AMS Board of Directors decided not to provide new competitive grants and further, decided to bring AMS- administered competitive grants to closure by 2011.
In the 1970’s when the Hannah Chairs and the Hannah Institute were established, the discipline of the history of medicine was an “orphan’ within the Canadian scholarly community. Three decades later with the support of AMS, history of medicine and healthcare continued to thrive in universities and colleges across Canada.
history of medicine and healthcare continued to thrive in universities and colleges across Canada. Instead, moving forward, support for scholarly activity in the history of medicine and health would be provided through special grants in partnership with other organizations and academic institutions.
AMS Strengthens Its Enduring Support
Since 2011, AMS has continued to provide funding to organizations and institutions that promote the study, research and communication of the history of medicine and healthcare in Canada. It maintains close relations with the Hannah Chairs to assist with their scholarly leadership, wherever possible. It remains a key supporter of many of the fundamental bodies of the discipline in Canada such as the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM), the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN) and The History of Medicine Days Conference (HMD). And with the recent establishment of the History of Medicine and Healthcare Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Grant Program and the new Hannah Chair in the History of Aboriginal Health at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, AMS continues to expand and promote scholarship, teaching and public interest in the field.
The AMS endowed Hannah Chairs prioritize History of Medicine in healthcare education to ensure that students have a greater understanding of our medical past.Hannah Chairs
In 2015, AMS was pleased to announce a funding agreement with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine to continue their support of this preeminent organizationCSHM
AMS supports The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, an organization that was founded to promote interest in the history of nursing and scholarship in the field.CAHN
History of Medicine Days
AMS has been a long standing supporter of The History of Medicine Days Conference, an annual two-day, nation-wide conference held at the University of CalgaryHistory of Medicine Days
The Jason A. Hannah Medal was established by the Royal Society of Canada with assistance from AMS, to bring recognition to the history of medicine.RCPSC
Healthcare Grants & Fellowships
The Program promotes scholarship, teaching and public interest in history of health care, disease and medicine.AMS Grants & Fellowships