Virtual Presentations | Del Maestro Family Medical Students' Humanities and Social Sciences Symposium

Thursday, November 5, 2020 17:00to19:00

Please join us virtually as the three finalists from The Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family William Osler Medical Student Essay Awards deliver their presentations. Faculty, students, and friends are all welcome to attend and show their support for this year’s finalists. 

The symposium will kick-off at 5pm and will contain two parts:

Part I: Papers by finalists

Minahil Khan, "Colourful Innovations in Neuropathology: Robert Hooper and the Shift in Portrayal of the Morbid Brain in the Nineteenth Century."

Cassandra Poirier, "The Path of the Wounded Healer: Revisiting the Study of Shamanism Through a Phenomenological Approach."

Saman Arfaie, "Exploring the Relationship Between Robert Schumann's Bipolar Disorder and His Creative Musical Genius."

Part II: Presentations

Jenny Jing, “A Need to Renegotiate Physicians’ Social Contract in Sports Medicine.”

Kayleigh Beaveridge, “Syphilis to Autism, How the Anti-Vaccination Movement of Today is an Echo of the Past.”

Britta Gustavson, “Re-embodying Medicine: William Carlos Williams and the Ethics of Attention.”

Matthew J. Schulz, “Neuroanesthesia and Neurosurgery’s Symbiotic Development.”



Our special thanks to Pam and Rolando Del Maestro, the Medical Students’ Osler Society, and the Board of Curators of the Osler Library.

About the Awards

Medical students at McGill are invited to explore the historical, social, ethical, and humanistic side of their field thanks to an essay contest established by the Medical Students’ Osler Society and the Board of Curators of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, and endowed through a generous gift by Pam and Rolando Del Maestro.

The Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family William Osler Medical Student Essay contest gives undergraduate medical students the opportunity to explore any theme of interest to them in the history, social studies, sociology, ethics, and humanities of the health sciences. It also provides them with the chance to be mentored by an expert in their topic drawn from the Library’s Board of Curators or elsewhere to complete their project, and to use the rich resources of the Osler Library and other libraries at McGill.

For more information on the essay contest, click here.

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