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Dr. Stephen 2017
C. Ronald Stephen, M.D.
Anesthesia History Essay Contest



C. Ronald Stephen, M.D. (1916 - 2006) was one of the "greatest" of the "Greatest Generation" of anesthesiologists who, beginning in the mid-twentieth century, struggled successfully to establish anesthesiology as a recognized physician specialty. Credited as the first in the U.S. to administer halothane to a human, he was honored as a clinician, teacher, investigator, author, editor, champion of professionalism and anesthesia history enthusiast.

On his death, friends and former students established an endowment to perpetuate his memory and his devotion in life to teaching anesthesia history and the importance of professionalism. Thus was established the annual C. Ronald Stephen Anesthesia History Essay Contest, which is open to all physicians or medical students who create the essay during Residency, Fellowship or medical school. A prize of $1000 goes to the winner.

Entries can be on any topic related to the history of anesthesiology, pain medicine or critical care, and must be less than 2500 words in length. Winning essays must be submitted to the Journal of Anesthesia History (JAH) to be considered for possible publication. Authors of submitted essays which do not win are also encouraged to submit their entries to JAH.

The first author of the winning essay is invited to make a 30 minute oral presentation at the International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia 2017 in Boston, October 25-26, 2017. The registration fee for the meeting will be waived for the first author of the winning essay. No other funds for meeting associated expenses are available. While strongly encouraged, a presentation at ISHA 2017 is not a requirement of the essay contest and will not influence the judging of the papers.

A panel of experts will judge the essays on their originality and appropriateness, the quality of the research, the writing and the bibliography. Entries for the 2017 contest must be RECEIVED before midnight CDT May 1, 2017. Submissions should be in accordance with details available found here:
2017 Contest Formatting and Submission

Bradley E. Smith, M.D. and Julia M. Rosenbloom, M.D.
Co-Chairs of the C. Ron Stephen Annual Anesthesia History Contest 2017
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2017 Contest Poster

Dr. Peter James Featherstone Congratulations to the 2014 award winner

Dr. Peter James Featherstone

for the essay entitled

"The Tenacious Terrier and His Tubes"

Dr Peter James Featherstone MB BCh, BSc(Hons), MRCP(UK), FRCA, FFICM graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff in 2004 and trained in general internal medicine in Cardiff and Cambridge prior to commencing specialty training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the East of England. He has recently undertaken fellowships in both specialties at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and is currently in his final year of training at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Dr Featherstone has been active member of the History of Anaesthesia Society since 2009 and was the recipient of the 2011 Rod Calverley Fellowship from the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology. Mentored by Dr Neil Adams (UK) Professor Douglas Bacon (USA) and Dr Christine Ball (Australia), he has authored several publications on the history of anaesthesia and been an invited speaker at a number of national and international meetings. In 2013 he was selected to join the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists History and Heritage Expert Reference Panel as well as the international editorial board of the Journal of Anesthesia History.

Look for Dr. Featherstone's essay in an upcoming issue of The Bulletin of Anesthesia History.

Dr. Julia Rosenbloom Congratulations to the 2013 award winner
Julia Rosenbloom, M.D.
for "Toward an Understanding of the Equality of Pain: Crawford Long and the Development of Anesthesia in Antebellum Georgia."

Dr. Rosenbloom, a CA-2 resident at Yale New Haven Hospital plans to do a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia. She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and present her original work at the Spring meeting of the AHA in Dearborn, MI, next May.

Regarding her essay Dr. Rosenbloom says it was a natural combination of her dual interests in American history and anesthesia. She considers the most important theme of her work to be the discussion of how the practice of anesthesia "dynamically interacts with the outside world: it influences and is influenced by contemporary society."

Look for Dr. Rosenbloom's fascinating essay in an upcoming issue of The Bulletin of Anesthesia History.