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AMS's contribution is enhanced through partnerships and collegial relationship with many different organizations and individuals. AMS's first major partnership began with the universities of Ottawa, Toronto, and Western Ontario and Queen's and McMaster in the establishment of the Jason Hannah Chairs in the History of Medicine. The Hannah Collection in the history of medicine is the result of a partnership with the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of the University of Toronto. The Fisher Library is also the home of the AMS archives.

This section is a guide to the various organizations with which AMS presently has a significant relationship.

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

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The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) promotes the advancement of academic medicine in Canada. It was originally established in 1943 as the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (ACMC) by the existing eight faculties, one school and one college of medicine. It was created in response to the Canadian government's desire to increase the supply of physicians for the war effort. In 1981 was incorporated as the national voice for academic medicine in Canada.

AMS, together with the AFMC, sponsors the AFMC-AMS Wendell MacLeod Memorial Lecture that commemorates Dr. Wendell MacLeod, the founding Executive Director of the ACMC.

Canadian Association for the History of Nursing


CAHN is a charitable organization founded in 1987, and is an affiliate group of the Canadian Nurses Association. Its mission is to promote interest in the history of nursing and to develop scholarship in the field.

CAHN promotes the preservation of historical nursing materials, hosts forums for discussion of nursing history, supports innovations in teaching nursing history and advances historical research in the field of nursing.

AMS's contribution to CAHN consists of support for the Hannah Lecture at the annual CAHN conference and for the travel costs of nursing students attending the conference.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. It aims to excel in the creation of new health knowledge, and to translate that knowledge from the research setting into real world applications. CIHR supports more than 9,000 researchers and researchers in training as part of the federal government's investment in health research.

In 2005 AMS and the CIHR entered into a partnership for Grants-in-Aid in the History of Medicine. Application is made through the CIHR which is responsible for the administration and adjudication of the grant applications and the resulting grants.

Canadian Society for the History of Medicine

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.

AMS has a long history of contribution to the CSHM including sponsoring a lecture at the Society's annual conference named in honor of the late Dr. Pat Paterson and through support for the society's journal.

College of Family Physicians of Canada


The College of Family Physicians of Canada is a national voluntary organization of family physicians that makes continuing medical education of its members mandatory. The College strives to improve the health of Canadians by promoting high standards of medical education and care in family practice.

AMS's contribution has been through support for an annual Hannah Lecture at the Family Medicine Forum and by an endowment towards the Janus Program for research in the changing needs of patients and their community. 2007 will see the annual Hannah Lecture supplanted by a new initiative known as the “AMS-CFPC Family Medicine in Canada: History and Narrative” program that captures, disseminates and archives the narrative experiences of family physicians in Canada.

McGill University Faculty of Medicine

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The oldest university in Montreal, McGill was founded in 1821 from a bequest by James McGill. McGill has grown from a small college to a university comprising two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 32,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year. The Faculty of Medicine at McGill is also the home of the world renowned Osler Library in the history of medicine.

A chair in the history of medicine was originally established in 1971 with an endowment from the estate of Dr. Thomas Cotton, a McGill graduate who was a devotee of Sir William Osler. The first holder of the Chair was the late Professor Donald Bates who died 2001. In 1995 AMS made a contribution of $500,000 towards the chair which is now known as the Cotton-Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine.

McMaster University

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Established in 1887 by an endowment from Senator William McMaster for a “Christian school of learning,” McMaster University was housed in McMaster Hall in Toronto with the Board of Governors being elected by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. In 1930 the University moved to its present site in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1957 McMaster became a non-denominational private institution. The Faculty of Health Sciences was established in 1965 as Ontario’s fifth medical school. In 2004 the School of Medicine was renamed the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in honour of philanthropist Michael DeGroote.

Queen's University

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Queen’s University was established by Royal Charter in 1841 and the School of Medicine founded in 1854. The School of Medicine, together with the School of Nursing and the School of Rehabilitation Medicine, constitute the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences. The Jason Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine was established in 1975 and endowed-in-perpetuity in 2000.

Royal Society of Canada


The Royal Society of Canada, The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scientists and scholars. Its primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences. The Society consists of approximately 1700 Fellows: men and women from across the country who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences and in the humanities.

University of Calgary

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Located on a 200 hectare campus in northwest Calgary, the University of Calgary comprises 16 faculties and 36 research institutes and centres. More than 28,200 students are currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1967. Teaching in the history of medicine was pioneered by the late Dr. Peter Cruse who, in 1972, introduced a (compulsory) weekly seminar in the surgery clerkship. In 1992 the Faculty initiated a "History of Medicine Day" of presentations by Calgary medical students and faculty. That event has expanded to two days and now includes presentations from students from across the country.

University of Ottawa

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The University of Ottawa was originally established in 1848 as the College of Bytown by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. A bilingual institution, the University of Ottawa is known as “Canada’s university.” The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1945. The Jason Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine was instituted in 1977 and endowed in perpetuity in 2003.

AMS’s contribution to the University of Ottawa includes the AMS Nursing History Research Unit. Established in 2005, the research unit is the first of its kind in Canada.

University of Toronto

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Established in 1827 as King’s College, the University of Toronto today encompasses three campuses and ten fully affiliated teaching hospitals. The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1843. Affiliated with a large network of teaching hospitals and community-based health units the Faculty is part of one of the largest health sciences complexes in North America.

AMS’s contribution to the University of Toronto began with the establishment of the Hannah Collection at the Thomas Fisher Memorial Library. The Hannah Collection is one of leading medical historical collections in Canada. The Jason Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine was established in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1976 and endowed-in-perpetuity in 1999.

University of Western Ontario

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The University of Western Ontario was established in 1878 by the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario." The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1881. In 1994 the Faculty of Medicine merged with the Faculty of Dentistry as one Faculty. In 2005 the Faculty was renamed the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, in recognition of a major donation from the philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

The Jason Hannah Chair at the University of Western Ontario was established in 1974. The Chair was endowed in perpetuity in 1999.