Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM)
Founded in Quebec City in 1950, the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine was established to promote study, research and communication concerning the history of medicine, which embraces all aspects of health care and related disciplines. Membership is drawn from a broad range of intellectual perspectives in the humanities and health sciences.
Since 1978, the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine has held annual conferences in conjunction with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Conferences include round table discussions, the prestigious Paterson Lecture Series, peer-reviewed scholarly papers, and the H.N. Segall Prize for best student presentation. For the complete history of the Society please visit their site here.
AMS Paterson Lecture
AMS has a long history of contribution to the CSHM including sponsoring the AMS Paterson Lecture in honour of the late Dr. Pat Paterson, President of the CSHM from 1980-1987, at its annual conference. A historian of pharmacy, Paterson was also the first executive director of the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, which had been formed by AMS in 1974. The 2016 Paterson Lecture was delivered by Elena Conis on the topic of vaccines. You can learn more about Elena and her work here.
Hannah Summer Studentships
The CSHM, in partnership with AMS, adjudicates applications for the AMS Hannah Summer Studentship Awards, which lay a foundation for graduate level study of the history of health and medicine both for medical and arts students. Three-month summer studentships in the amount of $5,500 are available to undergraduate students registered in a Canadian university for a closely supervised project in the history of medicine.
Downloadable guidelines and application forms are available are available on the CSHM website.
2016 Hannah Summer Studentship Award Winners: Claire Gjertsen (University of Calgary), Hailey Pineau (University of Alberta), Alison Hogan (University of Victoria) and Melissa Micu (University of Guelph)
2015 Hannah Summer Studentship Award Winners: Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer (McGill University) Jessica Mullin (Carleton University) Jeremy Istead (University of Guelph) Michal Panszczyk (York University)
AMS/CSHM New Funding Agreement
AMS was pleased to announce a three-year funding agreement with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine commencing in 2015 to support the following initiatives:
- AMS Summer Studentships: AMS has renewed its commitment to offer 4 Summer Studentships. Each Studentship is worth $ 5,500.00
- AMS Graduate Student CSHM Congress Grants: 8 graduate student mobility grants in order to fund the costs of attendance and presentation at CSHM meetings. Each Grant is worth $ 1,000.00. Application information can be found here.
- Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Website: AMS will fund the continuing development of the CSHM website through a grant of $2,000/year.
- Canadian Bulletin of Medical History: AMS has renewed its commitment to the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History by granting $ 15,000.00/year to fund their biannual publication. This will enable them to maintain the CBMH as the premiere journal for academic peer-reviewed articles in the history of health and medicine in Canada.
- AMS Paterson Lecture: The AMS Paterson Lecture has been renewed for a three-year period allowing the CSHM to continue inviting nationally and internationally renowned keynote speakers to our annual conference.
This agreement will help the CSHM to continue to produce and disseminate innovative work in the history of health and medicine, thereby fostering a deeper understanding of healthcare.