This year's essay contest was the first since it was endowed with a generous gift by Pam and Rolando Del Maestro. Students from across the Faculty of Medicine, (now the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), submitted research proposals and were matched with mentors drawn from the Library’s Board of Curators and various departments at McGill. Out of the final essays submitted, three finalists were selected to present their research on Osler Day on November 4.
We are pleased to announce that first place went to Steph A. Pang for her essay entitled, "Man and his Health Pavilion: An Architectural Reinterpretation of the Patient-Doctor Relationship." She was mentored by Prof. Annmarie Adams of the McGill School of Architecture and the Osler's Library's Board of Curators. You can also read her reflective piece on working with archival collections and oral history methodology.
Second place was awarded to Zhu Yin Xu for her essay, "Diffusion of Medical Innovations: Minimally Invasive Surgery in China," written under the mentorship of Prof. Thomas Schlich of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine. You can also read her reflective piece on the research skills she learned working on this project.
Christian Dabrowski received third place for his essay, "Between Commitment and Contentment: the Story of Norman Bethune in Montreal." He was mentored by Dr. Nicholas Whitfield of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine. You can also read his reflective piece on working with the Osler Library's archival collections.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the students, mentors, judges, and sponsors who supported the contest.
Information about the current essay contest can be found here.