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.