Building our health organizations and systems Health and Medical Education

How we train and educate our health care providers and researchers has evolved as much as has science. Whether developing an academic specialty, creating new standards for training, building our learning institutions, or expanding the breadth of learning to include clinical research, CMHF Laureates have profoundly impacted future generations of health scientists, scholars and clinicians.

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  1. 1883

    In an effort to increase women’s access to medical education, Dr. Stowe founded the Women’s Medical College.

  2. 1889

    Osler was appointed Chief of Medicine at the new Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and was instrumental in establishing the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  3. 1892

    Osler published his popular textbook, "Principles and Practices of Medicine".

  4. 1898

    The “Dispensary”, a medical clinic created to provide clinical experience for students of Women’s Medical College (WMC), opened.

  5. 1900

  6. 1910

  7. 1920

  8. 1927

    Dr. Pierre Masson was invited by the Université de Montréal to be Chair of the Department of Pathology

  9. 1930

  10. 1931

    William Gallie’s post graduate training course in surgery was established

  11. 1940

  12. 1949

    Through the efforts of Dr. Mackenzie, a number of new residency training programs began in the Faculty of Medicine

  13. 1950

  14. 1951

    The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation was established

  15. 1960

  16. 1960

    Lou Siminovitch joined the faculty at the University of Toronto

  17. 1965

    The McMaster medical school was established

  18. 1966

    After convincing the provincial and federal governments of his idea for a medical school in Newfoundland, Dr. Rusted was appointed Director of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Coordinator of…

  19. 1966

    Fraser Mustard became a founding member of the McMaster University’s Faculty of Medicine

  20. 1967

    David Sackett was invited to join the newly created medical school at McMaster University

  21. 1967

    Dr. Ian McWhinney emigrated to Canada to become the first professor and chair of family medicine in Canada at Western University

  22. 1968

    Driven by a desire for new challenges, Dr. Cochrane left the Maritimes with a mandate, but limited resources, to develop a medical school at the University of Calgary

  23. 1969

    Within a few short years, Memorial’s medical school was housed in a temporary building and had hired a handful of faculty

  24. 1970

  25. 1970

    Dr. Jock Murray joins the Dalhousie Medical Faculty in 1970

  26. 1971

    Dr. Naimark was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba

  27. 1972

    Authored by Dr. Murray Barr, the first edition of "The Human Nervous System" was published

  28. 1980

  29. 1982

    A partnership with Makerere University in Kampala was established

  30. 1982

    While continuing his surgical practice, Dr. Langer became Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto

  31. 1985-1992

    Dr. Murray becomes the Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University

  32. 1988

    As a skilled administrator, Dr. Jean Gray became Associate Dean of Post-Graduate Medical Education at Dalhousie University

  33. 1988

    Dr. Jacalyn Duffin became the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen’s University

  34. 1989

    Dr. Joseph Martin became Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco

  35. 1989

    Dr. McWhinney’s international reputation was advanced in 1989 with the publication of his textbook of Family Medicine.

  36. 1989

    Dr. Tator was appointed chair of the division of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto

  37. 1989

    With his natural leadership qualities and administrative skills, Dr. Bienenstock became Vice-President of the Faculty of Medicine.

  38. 1990

  39. 1993

    Dr. Ronald made many contributions to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre

  40. 1995

    Dr. Bernard Langer’s Surgeon Scientist Program at University of Toronto gradually drew the attention of medical schools across the country

  41. 1997

    Dr. Martin returned to Harvard to become Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

  42. 2000

  43. 2005

    Dr. Bliss wrote the now standard biography of the legendary figure in Canadian medical history in "William Osler: A Life in Medicine"

  44. 2006

    Dr. Jock Murray was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Book in History from Forefront Magazine for his book "Multiple Sclerosis: the History of a Disease"

  45. 2010

  46. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.