We strongly believe professionalization to be the key to success for graduate students involved in the history of medicine. In 2004, the Ad Hoc Committee on Student Affairs mounted a web-based graduate student survey to gauge what issues were of interest to graduate students in the history of medicine. The committee’s mandate was to survey the student population, assess the specific interests and needs of graduate students in the history of medicine, and determine how the AAHM might meet some of those needs. The vast majority of graduate students (85%) responding to our survey supported the creation of a Student Section within the AAHM. Participants in our survey supported the creation of such a group for the following reasons:
a. Information exchange of current graduate research/problems
b. Professional development
c. Fostering a sense of community
d. Cost sharing/hosting opportunities for conferences and research
e. Lobbying for dedicated graduate student funds from the AAHM for activities, prizes, and research
f. Investigating and compiling sources for graduate student funding
g. Sharing teaching materials and syllabi
h. Graduate student social events at AAHM annual meetings
i. Hosting a graduate student webpage on the AAHM website
A copy of the Ad-Hoc Committee's report may be found here.
The Student Section conducted a second survey in October and November 2007.
This report was well received by AAHM leadership and is part of a dialog about the future of AAHM. If you have thoughts or opinions about student representation or participation in AAHM, please contact one of the co-chairs below: we would love to hear from you!