[Hannah Chair, History of Medicine, Queen's University]

History for medical students at Queen's is an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum. Students are introduced to the history of each discipline as they study it. Every examination has one or two questions generated by the history of medicine component. Students who are particularly interested in history are given opportunities to explore it further in several different venues. Consult Electives for more information.



1. To demonstrate that history is a research discipline relevant to health-care sciences and practice.

2. To raise scepticism about everything else being taught in the curriculum.

The formal sessions for history of medicine in the undergraduate curriculum are as follows:

To see this list with learning Objectives click here

First term:

Second term

  • 5. The History of Pathology (concepts of disease) --interactive cases
  • 6. The History of Pharmacology
  • 7. Why is Blood Special: A History of Hematology
  • 8. Plagues and Peoples: A History of Epidemics and their Impact
  • 9. Community Based Project--History Option (CBP) : 10-12 hr seminar, student-directed research project, presentation and essay. For further information, click here. For a list of previous topics click here.

Third term

  • 10. William Harvey and the Circulation of Blood (brief introduction to Royal College of Physicians film)
  • 11. The Stethoscope and the Birth of Physical Diagnosis

Fourth Term

  • 12. The History of Obstetrics
  • 13. The History of Surgery
  • 14 Critical Enquiry Elective (8 wks) occasional students (Consult Electives for more information.

Third Year second term and Fourth year (Clerkship):

  • 15. Grand Rounds in Medicine or Oncology: My current research topic
  • 16. Clerkship selective (4 wks) occasional students. Consult Electives for more information.