Ann Arbor 2020

AAHM has cancelled the annual meeting scheduled for May 7-10, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

The officers of the American Association for the History of Medicine are monitoring the spread of COVID-19, and its implications for our annual meeting.  See full statement.

The 93rd annual meeting of the AAHM will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 7-10, 2020.


The Preliminary Program for the 2020 meeting is available here.  It is updated weekly on Fridays.

Conference Venue

This year AAHM will be holding its activities at the historic Michigan League on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.  Transportation will be provided. Thursday and Sunday programming will take place at the Kensington Hotel.


The two conference hotels are the Kensington Hotel and Even Hotel.  These properties share a parking lot and are equally convenient to the meeting area of the Kensington where activities will take place on Thursday and Sunday. Room rate at both facilities is $149 a night with an 11% tax.

For reservations at the Kensington: Online By phone: Call 734-761-7800 and ask for the AAHM rate.

For reservations at the Even Hotel: Online By phone: Call 734-761-2929 and ask for the AAHM rate.

There are a limited number of rooms at the Inn at the Michigan League and Bell Tower Hotel, both of which are in the immediate vicinity of the League, and may be a good choice with those with mobility concerns.


Online Registration Instructions:  From the conference registration page, select the appropriate registration fee category.  Then click on the “Add to cart” button at the bottom left. You will be taken to a page to review your registration choices. Make any adjustments and then click on “Check out.” On the first check out page, you will see a series of options for participating in events during the annual meeting.  Please respond to all questions to help the Local Arrangements Committee accurately plan. Then click on “Continue to check-out.”  You will be asked about your billing/mailing address. Click on “Select” and you will be taken to a page to review your order.  Then click on “Place order” to go to the payment page. Enter your credit card information and submit.  You will receive confirmation from JHUP. Register online here

If you are not a current member, you will be prompted to join while completing the registration process.

You may also register by mail.  The registration form is here and includes the mailing address.

Getting to Ann Arbor

Getting to Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor is accessible via plane, train, bus, and car. Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is about twenty miles east of Ann Arbor; travel from the airport usually takes under thirty minutes. There are two terminals: one is the Delta hub (McNamara Terminal), the other is home to American, United, Southwest, and other major airlines (North Terminal). Once you arrive to DTW, you can catch a cab, such as Metro Cab, or request Lyft or Uber. The Michigan Flyer provides reliable and affordable transportation to and from the airport, with 12 – 13 round trips a day. Ann Arbor has a centrally located Amtrak station with three trains per day from/to Chicago and Detroit. MegaBus and Greyhound also service Ann Arbor. Depending on your proximity to Ann Arbor, this might be a great time to drive to an AAHM meeting. Ann Arbor is right off of I-94. There is free parking at the Kensington and adjacent Even hotels, and reasonably priced public parking is available in several lots in downtown Ann Arbor (less than $2 an hour, and free in the evenings and on Sunday). At least two lots are about one block from the League—the Maynard and the E. Washington lots.


There will be well-organized, regularly scheduled, convenient shuttle service running every 10–20 minutes from the Kensington to the Michigan League. The trip takes about 10 minutes door to door.

Shuttle Schedule: Friday-Saturday May 8-9

Friday, May 8th

  • 6:30am–10:30am: 3 buses looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League
  • 10:30am–12:00pm: 1 bus looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League
  • 12:00pm–3:45pm: 2 buses looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League
  • 3:45pm–7:00pm: 3 buses looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League
  • 7:00pm–10:30pm: 2 buses looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League, last bus leaves Michigan League at 10:00pm for hotels

Saturday, May 9th

  • 6:30am–10:30am: 3 buses looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League
  • 10:30am–12:00pm: 1 bus looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League
  • 12:00pm–8:30pm: 2 buses looping between Kensington/Even Hotels and League, last bus leaves Michigan League at 8:00pm for hotels

Other Transportation Options: Both Lyft and Uber operate in Ann Arbor and it’s usually fast and easy to summon a ride, which will take about 10 minutes and cost about $8.00-10.00.

Things to Do

The University of Michigan Museum of Art, where the amazing curators have assembled four special collections for viewing related to the history of medicine and health. Provided by UMMA staff specifically for the AAHM and ALHHS/MeMA conferences, six free, guided object-viewing sessions will examine medical objects and art related to illness and healing from around the world, curated on the following themes: Treatment & Healing, Medicines & Remedies, Sickness & Suffering, and Diagnosis. To register for this and other tours, please refer to UMMA’s full list of events and sign-up information. There are numerous eateries and shops in close proximity to the League. The Bentley Historical Library and the Gerald Ford Presidential Library are a short bus ride (or car trip) away.

The museums and libraries of the University of Michigan are pleased to offer conference attendees a variety of experiences with collections related to the history of medicine. Locations range from close walking distance from the Michigan League to the outskirts of Ann Arbor. Final details will be available in the program, alongside registration information for events with limited capacity. Open events include the new University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, a self-guided tour of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens medical and herb garden, and more! A full list of events with links to register for limited capacity events is available online.