About this event

  • Date and time Wed 14 Apr 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Join us for this webinar aiming to reflect the traditions of the Society with the Presidential address, the relevance of the Society in its promotion of young medical students, and the breadth in the wide range of topics and themes addressed.

The first part of the proceedings will be an opportunity to listen to submissions for the annual Norah Schuster prize, comprising two winners from 2020-2021 (the 2019-2020 presentations were cancelled due to COVID-19). It is a privilege for the Society to become aware of the talent and enthusiasm for the history of medicine displayed.

The second part of this meeting is the  Presidential Address for 2019-20, also postponed because of COVID-19,  and is an excellent opportunity to hear of the extraordinary philanthropy which led to the establishment and support of famous hospitals.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Give current clinical students an opportunity to compete for the Norah Schuster prize
  • Appreciate the breadth, depth and enthusiasm for the History of Medicine from current clinical students
  • Become aware of the needs and challenges of establishing new hospitals
  • Understand the place in the society of selected medical figures in the 18th and 19th centuries and their contribution to medicine
  • Value the philanthropic contributions to modern medicine

A CPD certificate with 2 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

The History of Medicine Society was founded in 1912 by Sir William Osler, its first President. These talks continue to reveal the importance of learning from the lessons of the past to apply to the present and future. The Society reaches out, inter alia, to clinicians of every specialty (including students), medical scientists, health care professionals, and other interested professionals and members of the general public (e.g. journalists and teachers).

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

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History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize


£100 Amazon voucher and a year's membership of the RSM

Submission deadline 

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Open to 

Pre-clinical, clinical medical and dental students. Please note that you must be a medical or dental undergraduate to be eligible to submit for this prize.

Application guidelines 

Click here for prize guidelines and checklist

This prize will be awarded for the best essay or essays submitted on any subject related to the history of medicine, including medical science.

Essays should be between 3,000 - 5,000 words and the standard should be comparable to a third year dissertation. Personal details such as name and institution should NOT be included in the abstract or PDF essay. A 500-word summary should also be submitted along with the full essay. This should not merely be an abstract. It should outline not only the topic under discussion, the aims and principal conclusions of your research, but also the sources you have consulted. Preliminary short-listing of the essays will be performed on the basis of these summaries. The full essay is to be submitted as a pdf attachment.

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Key speakers

Professor Stephen Challacombe

Martin Rushton Professor of Oral Medicine, King's College London and Immediate Past President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of   Medicine 


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Introduction by the President

Professor Tilli Tansey, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Norah Schuster prize presentations

'Working in a Comfort Formerly Unknown': Interwar Bermondsey's Pioneering Foot Clinic and its Utopian Ambitions

Mr Christopher Mitchell, Third Year Medical Student, King’s College London

Rethinking the Peacock Club

Miss Eleanor Pace, Medical Student, King’s College London

Presidential  address 2019-2020

Introduction by Professor Tilli Tansey

Quays, gulls and guys 1725 to 2015

Professor Stephen Challacombe, Martin Rushton Professor of Oral Medicine, King's College London and Immediate Past President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of   Medicine 

Close of meeting 



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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