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With so many exciting opportunities to explore the arts and humanities with the Dalhousie Medical School, we’ve always got something to announce. Check back often.


13th Annual Portia White Concert a Success

On November 30, 2018, the Annual Portia White Concert showcased a repertoire that included seasonal music and special tributes to the 100th anniversary of Armistice of 1918. 

The audience enjoyed performances from Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale and the Sackville Concert Band, as well as the vocal talents of Shanice Skinner, the 2016 Portia White award recipient (see second photo  below).

Poster for 2018 concert  [pdf 246 kB]

Learn a bit more about Portia White 


Call for Nominations-Hunter Humanities Award, Graduating Medical Class 2019


The Hunter Humanities Award ($1,000 -- contributed by Dalhousie graduate, Dr. Mary Hunter, now retired from anesthesiology practice in Toronto) is presented at graduation to a graduating medical student at Dalhousie who has made an outstanding contribution to the concept and spirit of the humanities in medicine and demonstrated the humanistic qualities of caring and compassion in his/her care of patients.  

Activities considered for this humanities award cover any projects or activities that capture the spirit of medical humanities and do not have to be projects within the Humanities Program. They may include activities in other parts of the medical program and the community.

Students can nominate themselves or a fellow student. Faculty are invited to nominate students.

Submit to by March 26/19:

  • nomination letter
  • letters of support
  • supporting background information
  •  abbreviated 2-page CV  

For more information, contact: or 902-494-1533


Dalhousie Medical History Society Monthly Meeting

Date/Time:    Monday, April 1, 2019

  • 6:00 PM          Earl of Dalhousie Pub
  • 6:30 PM          Dining Room (Dinner)

Location: University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 South Street

Speakers and Topics:

  •  Archibald McIndoe --"The Guinea Pig Club" Dr. McIndoe  would like the following message sent out "Due to the battle of Britain and the Blitz I was not able to make it to Canada last month. Thank God most of that trauma is over but it has left many young fighter pilots with severe burns. I need help and Dr. Ross Tilley, a Canadian plastic surgeon suggested to me that I might find such doctors in Canada. I will be starting in Halifax and I hope that some of you will be able to help."
  •  Pat Croskerry -- "An Historical Review of Clinical Decision Making"

Cost: $30.00. Because of Catering Arrangements, We Require an Exact Head Count.  Cost for medical students and graduates, Faculty of Medicine, is covered by Medical Humanities-HEALS Program.

RSVP or (902-494-1533) No later than 4:00 PM Thursday, March 28, 2018.


Please note: registered students failing to cancel before cut-off time will be billed for the cost of the meal)

Poster [pdf 216 kB]

Time to Renew Your Membership.
Please print and fill out:  Membership Dues Form 2019 [pdf 26 kB]


Tupper Band’s Spring Concert

Date: April 13, 2019  7:00 p.m.

Location:  Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library (access through the Library’s side entrance on Queen Street)

Admission: $10, (the proceeds going towards the Music-in-Medicine Scholarship Fund)

Featuring music from a wide variety of sources, ranging from musical theatre and movies to songs of ABBA and Freddie Mercury, even including a Spanish march and a waltz.

In 1979 a group of Dalhousie medical students, faculty members and healthcare professionals embarked on a venture that no Canadian medical school had previously attempted – they decided to form a concert band. From those earliest days, the Band been directed by Dr. Bernard Badley, a former vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine and C.E.O. of the Victoria General Hospital.

Visit the Tupper Band on:


SAVE THE DATE: Gold Headed Cane Awards Dinner                           

When: Friday May 3rd, 2019, 18:00,

Where:  Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax, NS.

The recipient of the Dr. G.W. Archibald Gold-headed Cane Award in the Humanities is Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, professor of geriatric medicine and neurology at Dalhousie University andan active staff physician at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

Stay tuned to more details.