History of Medicine Interest Group


The History of Medicine Interest Group attracts students who look to medicine’s past in the hopes of informing its future. We hold monthly lunch gatherings to learn about and discuss not only the most important successes in medicine, but also its greatest failures and controversies, always with an eye to answering modern questions in medicine.

Our History:

The History of Medicine interest group has been active since 2010, bringing first year students together for monthly lunch discussions. The HoM interest group is  co-sponsored by the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine and the Davison Council. Over time, the issues discussed in its meetings have evolved with the field, though several topics have remained relevant over the years. Popular recurring topics include: “The 10 Worst Ideas in 20th Century Medicine,” “Race and the History of Medicine,” “The History of Mental Health,” “Eugenics, Genetic Diagnosis, and Therapy,” and “Disease Eradication Campaigns: Smallpox, Malaria, Polio.”


2016-2017 Leadership:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Baker, M.D.

Student Coordinators: Vinay Giri (MS1) and Alex Hish (MS1)

Treasurer/Event Chair: Raeann Whitney (MS1)

Communications Chair: Dami Aladesanmi (MS1)