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Characterizing History of Health Sciences Organizations at Academic Health Sciences Centers (2023)


Questions of how to sustain interest in the history of medicine and broader health sciences (HOM/HS) in a changing institutional environment, and how to collaborate with stakeholders to offer activities to do so, are on the radar for many academic health sciences centers and their libraries. This essay is an initial exploratory study of non-curricular HOM/HS efforts at United States medical schools ranked in the top thirty in primary care or research. In 2019, we collected public information pertinent to any presence of an on-campus HOM/HS community and the group’s structure, including funding, activities, and the library’s involvement with the group. Seventeen of forty-five institutions in the sample presented information about an institutional HOM/HS group. All posted a mission statement. Their funding varied in nature; some collected fees from members, while others relied on university support. Half were student-led. Most groups hosted regular lecture series, with fifteen groups hosting at least one annually. Six groups sponsored publications or awards. These findings indicate that several institutions with active programs offer potential models and lessons for sustaining HOM/HS communities. Beyond providing a physical or digital space in which HOM/HS groups connect, libraries play an active role in fostering some of these communities.

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Authors & Contributors
Stahnisch, Frank W.
Justin Barr
Aldini, Nicolò Nicoli
Anderson, Warwick H.
Berger, Michael L.
Boniolo, Giovanni
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Book History
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Pharmacy in History
Lexington Books
Medical education and teaching
Teaching history of medicine
Teaching; pedagogy
Medicine and race
Eliot, Charles William
Higby, Gregory J.
Shatkin, Aaron J.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
United States
Great Britain
Kansas (U.S.)
National Health Service (Great Britain)
University of Kansas
American College of Surgeons
Reichsuniversität Strassburg
University of Calgary (Canada)
Carlisle Indian Industrial School

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