Call for Papers 2016

The Call for Papers is closed.

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) invites abstracts for papers in any area of medical history for its 89th annual meeting, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 28 April to 1 May 2016. The AAHM welcomes papers on the history of health and healing; the history of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and the history of illness, disease, or public health. Submissions pertaining to all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and panels that expand the horizons of medical history and engage related fields are particularly encouraged.  In addition to single-paper proposals, the Program Committee, led by Co-Chairs Sarah Tracy <swtracy@ou.edu> and Scott Podolsky <scott_podolsky@hms.harvard.edu>, encourages proposals for creatively structured panels and for luncheon workshops. Please contact one or both of the Program Committee Co-chairs if you are planning a panel or workshop. The Program Committee will judge individual papers in each of these venues on their own merits.

Presentations are limited to no more than 20 minutes. Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. Speakers are encouraged to make their manuscripts available to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, the official journal of the AAHM.

This year, for the first time, the Program Committee also invites a limited number of poster presentations. Poster proposals likewise will be considered individually.

The AAHM uses an online abstract submissions system.  If you are unable to submit your proposal online, please contact the Program Co-chairs at the email addresses above immediately and be prepared to submit a copy of your paper abstract (no more than 350 words) with title, your name and institutional affiliation, three key words that describe your proposed paper, and three CME learning objectives (the learning objectives are not considered part of the word count). Sample objectives are available here. No late submissions will be accepted.

Over the past two years, the number of abstracts submitted for consideration has increased significantly. The acceptance rate for proposals has decreased accordingly. With this in mind, the Program Committee offers some guidelines for writing a successful abstract.

  1. Provide an overview of the problem or story that your paper addresses; include the major actors and interests involved as well as the specific dates or historical time frame of your paper. BIG PICTURE.
  2. Contextualize your problem or story within the history of medicine and/or scholarly literature. HISTORICAL/ HISTORIOGRAPHIC CONTEXT.
  3. Discuss the methods your paper employs to address the problem or story. SOURCES, ANALYSIS, AND PERSPECTIVE EMPLOYED.
  4. Present your conclusion or interpretation of the narrative or problem you discuss and state its significance. SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS.
  5. Include three key words that best describe your paper’s focus. KEY WORDS.
  6. State three Continuing Medical Education (CME) learning objectives for those seeking CME credit. Please note that such credit is vital to many AAHM members. CME OBJECTIVES.

Collections of successful abstracts from the 2014 and 2015 programs are available. Individuals are not required to be AAHM members at the time of submitting an abstract, but you must join AAHM before registering for and presenting at the meeting.

Abstracts must be submitted by 28 September 2015. We will make your email address available, if your paper is accepted, unless you opt out of this by emailing scott_podolsky@hms.harvard.edu.