Fear Memorial Conference

Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference  

At Dalhousie, we’re proud of our status as one of the top medical schools in Canada and we strive to ensure our medical education programs are responsive and of the highest quality. The Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference is an important tool in our efforts to achieve excellence in medical education.

Each Fear Memorial Conference focuses on an important theme in medical education. We partner with a different co-host department from the medical school for each conference, resulting in a fresh and collaborative approach. Departments can apply to co-host the conference; a selection committee and the Dean of Medicine choose a new co-host department each year.

This conference is accredited by Dalhousie Continuing Professional Development & Medical Education.

For more information, please contact:   Linda.MacNutt@dal.ca

A Brief History

Major (Retired) George H. Fear established the Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Endowment at the Dalhousie Medical School in 2005. The endowment called for the development of an annual conference of high standard that would advance medical knowledge of physicians and surgeons.

The first annual Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference took place in 2008. Dr. Wolfgang Drexler of Cardiff University was the keynote speaker. It was followed by conferences in 2011, 2013, 2014,  2016, 2017 and 2018. The next conference will be in May-June of 2021.

Since its establishment in 2005, the Fear Memorial Conference has covered key topics in medical education and attracted renowned experts as speakers.

10th Annual Thomas Fear & Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference | Planetary Health and the Climate Crisis: Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility (co-hosted by CPDME and Department of Community Health & Epidemiology) June 9 & 10, 2022

Poster Fear Memorial Conference 2022 [pdf 284 kB]
Schedule Fear Memorial Conference 2022 [pdf 412 kB]

9th Annual Thomas Fear and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference -- Dealing with Disruptive Change Across the Continuum: Innovation & Survival in the Face of Adversity
(co-hosted by Department of Family Medicine and Continuing Professional Development and Medical Education)

The 8th:  Health and Healthcare Systems -- Meeting Our Needs for the Future
(November 2, 2018; cohosted with Dal-150)

The 7th: Disaster Planning and Management
(co-hosted with the Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine) celebrating 150 years of Medicine at Dalhousie University and commemorating 100 years since the Halifax Explosion (December 6, 1917)

The 6th: Ballast and Boyancy: Successfully Sailing Through Your Medical Career (March 24-25, 2017) (co-hosted by the Division of Medical Education and Department of Psychiatry)

The 5th: Changing Power Dynamics in the Clinical Learning Environment..Check Yourself,
(January 15-16, 2016: cohosted by the Division of Medical Education and the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine)

The Clinical Learning Environment: Shaping the Physician of the Future (Oct. 21 and 22, 2016)

The 4th: Simulation Education in the Maritimes
(November 14-15, 2014; co-hosted by the Division of Medical Education and Department of Surgery)

The 3rd: Moving On Up! (Are our medical students well prepared to enter clerkship?)  (January 11-12, 2013; co-hosted by Division of Medical Education and Department of Medicine)
The 2nd:  How Can Research Improve the Health Care System? (April 28, 2011; hosted by Community Health and Epidemiology)
The 1st: Form and Function in Ocular Disease  (A multi-disciplinary clinical and basic science symposium), (September 26-27, 2008; hosted by Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)