About this section

The History of Medicine Society’s purpose is to form a meeting ground for scholars, students and for all those who feel that the study of the history of medicine has a value in education.

History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize

Congratulations to the winners of the Norah Schuster Essay Prize. Please click here to view the bios and abstracts of the 2020-2021 winners and highly commended, and the 2019-2020 winners.

The emergence of medicine and health care up to the present-day webinar series

This new venture on its first year is a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the historical development of
various specialties. It will be of interest to all medical and healthcare professionals as well as students, and hopefully will encourage participants to go on to further study medical history in more detail. Browse below to find out more and book your place.

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.

Interested in joining the Section Council?

Section Councils play a pivotal role at the RSM and we are always looking for members who would like to get involved. If you would like to apply, please complete our application form and a Council representative will be in touch.

Complete the application form

Professor Sean Patrick Francis Hughes
President
Mr Andrew Sadler
Honorary Secretary
Mr Ian Bruce Murray Stephen
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming history of medicine events

View all events and webinars being run by the History of Medicine Society.

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Poets in medicine: Keats and Coleridge

Join this fascinating meeting to study the background to the medical training and influences of poets, John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. We will be assessing the formative influences this had on...
  • Price £25 - £44
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Live Stream CPD

Live stream: Poets in medicine: Keats and Coleridge

Join this fascinating meeting to study the background to the medical training and influences of poets, John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. We will be assessing the formative influences this had on...
  • Price £5 - £20
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Norah Schuster prize and Bynum lecture

This meeting aims to promote the history of medicine amongst the undergraduate student body and to encourage new areas of research utilising a range of resources. This will be a great platform to shar...
  • Price £25 - £44
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
Book Book
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Live Stream CPD

Live stream: Norah Schuster prize and Bynum lecture

This live stream aims to promote the history of medicine amongst the undergraduate student body and to encourage new areas of research utilising a range of resources. This will be a great platform to ...
  • Price £5 - £20
Book Book
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Patient care from cradle to grave: Module 4 - part 1

This part 1 of module 4 will delve into patient care from cradle to grave. Explore the historical, socio-economic, and cultural influences in developing the speciality of paediatrics in the first lect...
  • Price £6 - £20
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Patient care from cradle to grave: Module 4 - part 2

Part 2 of this final module will highlight the importance of public health history. The first lecture will help identify the factors which led to the development of public health in response to the ch...
  • Price £6 - £20
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Prizes & awards

History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize

Prize

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

Submission deadline 

Monday 17 January 2022

Meeting date

16 March 2022

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.
Submission closed

Join the RSM today

Become a member today and get discounted rates on our education programme.

Fellow

For professionals with a medical, dental or veterinary qualification recognised by GMC, GDC or RCVS. Fellow membership is also open to those holding senior management positions in medicine and healthcare.

Fellow

Associate

For professionals working in the healthcare sector or with an interest in healthcare issues and do not qualify for a Fellow membership. 

Associate

Student

For students studying medicine, dentistry or an undergraduate qualification in a healthcare-related subject, in the UK or overseas. 

Student