Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association

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Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association

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  • DMAA

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The Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association (DMAA) was founded in 1958 with a mandate to address alumni concerns and affairs within the medical school. Initially funded through membership dues, in 1966 the university established an operating grant to facilitate the association's activities, which ranged from organizing reunions to commissioning portraits of medical school deans. The same year, the DMAA began publishing its own alumni magazine, VOXMeDal, now known as MeDal. Several longstanding awards were created, including the Honorary President Award, granted annually to an outstanding accomplished senior alumnus/alumna, and the Gold and Silver D's Awards, given to current students who display exemplary leadership qualities and positive attitudes.

The DMAA's operations were disrupted in the late 1980s when Dalhousie withdrew its financial support, due in part to disagreements over who should control the association and its activities. In response, the DMAA began to solicit funds from Medical School alumni, requesting at the same time that the university refrain from doing so. This provoked challenges from other departments, resulting in the DMAA being prohibited from fundraising. By 2001, Dalhousie had discontinued all funding to the association, which had a direct and negative impact on the DMAA's capacity to support many of the student projects and activities that it served. Subsequent negotiations re-established a revenue stream that enabled the DMAA to resume its work, and new initiatives and projects were undertaken, including the creation of The Young Alumnus of the Year Award (2001) and Family Physician of the Year Award (2007). By 2017 the DMAA was able to contribute a substantial annual sum to the Dalhousie Medical Students Society to support extracurricular activities and health advocacy initiatives.


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Manual of style: The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Descriptive standard: ISAAR (CPF) - International Standard Archival Authority Record For Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd ed., Canberra: International Council on Archives, 2004.

Authorized form of name: Library of Congress Authorities.

Date and time format: ISO 8601-1:2019 - Date and time — Representations for information interchange — Part 1: Basic rules.

Country code format: ISO 3166-1:2013 - Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions -- Part 1: Country codes.

Institution identifier: ISO 15511:2011 - Information and documentation -- International standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL).

Institution identifier: Library and Archives Canada - Symbols and Interlibrary Loan Policies in Canada.

Language format: ISO 639-3:2007 - Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 3: Alpha-3 code for comprehensive coverage of languages.

Script format: ISO 15924:2004 - Information and documentation -- Codes for the representation of names of scripts.

Sources: The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.



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