Graduate students in the United States and Canada are invited to enter the Shryock Medal Essay Contest. The medal honors Richard Harrison Shryock (1893-1972), a pioneer among historians interested in the history of medicine. The award is given for an outstanding, unpublished essay by a single author on any topic in the history of medicine. The essay (maximum 9,000 words, plus reasonable endnotes) must be the result of original research or show an unusual appreciation and understanding of problems in the history of medicine. In particular, the committee will judge essays on the quality of writing, appropriate use of sources, and ability to address themes of historical significance.

The winner will be invited to attend the 2005 meeting of the Association, 7-10 April in Birmingham, AL, where the medal will be conferred. Reasonable travel expenses for the winner will be provided, as will a two-year complimentary membership in the AAHM. If the Shryock Medal Committee also selects an essay for honorable mention, its author will receive a two-year complimentary membership in the AAHM.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of submission. (Students enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs in history or related fields are eligible to apply only for the Shryock Award).

Complete contest information may be viewed here or obtained from the Shryock Medal Committee chair:

Mary E. Fissell, Ph.D. Institute of the History of Medicine The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1900 East Monument Street Baltimore, MD 21205 [email protected]

Essays must be postmarked no later than 15 January 2005