The ANESTHESIA HISTORY ASSOCIATION (AHA) and the
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORY OF ANESTHESIA (ISHA) 2017
C. RONALD STEPHEN, M.D.
ANESTHESIA HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST for 2017
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
Anesthesia History Association Website: ahahq.org
2017 Contest Poster