Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine

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Corporate body (Dalhousie University)

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine

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Other form(s) of name

  • Dalhousie Medical School
  • Halifax Medical College (1875-1889)

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CAN-NSHD/1615

Description area

Dates of existence

1868-

History

Dalhousie Medical School is an internationally-recognized faculty in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. The only medical school in the Maritime provinces, it is closely affiliated with the provincial healthcare systems in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and is affiliated with over one hundred teaching sites, including nine teaching hospitals.

The Dalhousie College Act, ratified in 1863, stipulated the establishment of a medical faculty; with the support of the premier and the provincially-funded Halifax Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine opened in 1868, half a century after the university's founding, and the fifth medical school in Canada, preceded by McGill (1842), Queens (1854), Laval (1823) and Toronto (1843).

The initial class of 14 students was taught by a volunteer faculty of Halifax physicians under the leadership of Dr. Alexander P. Reid. Primary subjects only were offered, and students transferred to McGill, Harvard or New York to complete their training; by 1870 a full program was available and in 1872 the first class graduated from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine. In 1873 financial difficulties forced the school’s closure and two years later the independent Halifax Medical College was formed, with Dr. Reid as president. After an ambiguous affiliation with the college, in 1889 Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine was re-established, with the Halifax Medical College remaining as the teaching body while the Faculty of Medicine took over the role of examining body.

With the support of the Carnegie Foundation, the medical school was reorganized; in 1911 the Halifax Medical School was fully reintegrated into the university, with a full-time pre-clinical teaching staff and strict entrance requirements. In the early 1920s further grants from the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations enabled the construction of the Dalhousie Public Health Clinic and the Medical Sciences Building, as well as the expansion of the Pathology Institute. In 1925 the school obtained an A1 accreditation from the American Medical Association.

Financial challenges throughout the 1930s and 1940s were alleviated by contributions from the provincial governments of Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and during this period the faculty established the first continuing medical education program in Canada. In 1967 the Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building was completed, housing the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, several medical science faculties, and facilities for teaching and research.

Places

The Faculty of Medicine has over 100 teaching sites across the Maritimes, with campuses in Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The Faculty of Medicine provides core education programs in undergraduate medicine (MD); residency training (postgraduate studies); continuing professional development; and MSc and PhD studies (graduate and postdoctoral opportunities). Its faculty members provide patient care across the Maritimes as well as expertise and advice to governments, business and industry leaders, granting agencies and community partners. The faculty is a major research centre, and houses programs and initiatives including the Canadian Center for Vaccinology and the Brain Repair Centre.

Mandates/sources of authority

The basic statute relating to Dalhousie University is Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1863. This statute replaced earlier statutes, and the 1863 statute itself has been amended and supplemented several times over the years. The provisions of these various statutes provide for the establishment and regulation of the university, the membership of the Board of Governors and its rights and powers, the authority of senate for the internal regulation of the university (subject to the approval of the board), and various other matters.

In 2016 the Faculty of Medicine developed Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Guidelines, which are communicated on its website, "to guide management of research, curriculum content, admissions policies, and teaching and learning practices to foster an environment that is diverse, inclusive and equitable."

Internal structures/genealogy

The Faculty of Medicine is made up of 22 departments and academic units, housing multiple divisions and centres overseen by a dean, with the support of associate deans, assistant deans, program and department heads and managers. Faculty include student educators, clinical physicians and medical researchers. Former deans include John Stewart (1919-1931); Harry Goudge Grant (1932-1953); Chester Stewart (1954-1970); Lloyd Macpherson (1971-1976); J.D. Hatcher (1976-1986); T.J. (Jock) Murray (1986-1993); John Ruedy (1993-1999); Dr. Noni MacDonald (1999-2003); Dr. E. Howard Cook (2003-2009); Thomas J. Marrie (2009-2015); and David Anderson (2015- ).

General context

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Animal Care Facility. (1968-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1968-

Description of relationship

The Animal Care Centre was established in 1968 as part of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Continuing Professional Development and Division of Medical Education (1957-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1963-

Description of relationship

The Division of Continuing Medical Education was established in the Faculty of Medicine in 1963.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Family Medicine. (1963-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1963-

Description of relationship

The Department of Family Medicine was established in 1963 in the Faculty of Medicine.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Physiology and Biophysics. (1958-)

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hierarchical

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1958-

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Anatomy. (1958-)

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hierarchical

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1958-

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Pathology. (1958-)

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hierarchical

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1958-

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. (1958-)

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hierarchical

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1958-

Description of relationship

The Department of Biochemistry was a part of the Faculty of Medicine since at least 1958.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Urology. (1958-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1958-

Description of relationship

The Department of Urology has been a part of the Faculty of Medicine since at least 1958.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Microbiology and Immunology. (1958-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1958-

Description of relationship

The Department of Microbiology has been a part of the Faculty of Medicine since at least 1958.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. (1955-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1955-

Description of relationship

The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology has been a part of the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine since at least 1958.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Services. (1953-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1953-

Description of relationship

The Department of Ophthalmology and Oto-Laryngology was added to the Faculty of Medicine in 1953.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Anaesthesia. (1953-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1953-

Description of relationship

The Department of Anaesthesia was added to the Faculty of Medicine in 1953.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Psychiatry. (1949-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1949-

Description of relationship

The Department of Psychiatry was established as part of the Faculty of Medicine in 1949.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Pediatrics. (1943-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1943-

Description of relationship

The Department of Pediatrics was officially recognized as a Department of the Faculty of Medicine in 1943.

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Dalhousie University. University Libraries. W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library (1967-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1937-1986

Description of relationship

The Medical-Dental Library was based in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine from 1937-1967. In 1967 the library reopened as W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library and remained part of the Faculty of Medicine until 1986.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Radiation Oncology. (1935-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1935-

Description of relationship

The Department of Radiology was added to the Faculty of Medicine in 1935.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Medicine. (1933-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1933

Description of relationship

The Department of Medicine is a department of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Surgery. (1923-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1923-

Description of relationship

The Department of Surgery was officially recognized as a Department of the Faculty of Medicine in 1923.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (1923-)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1923-

Description of relationship

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was officially recognized as a Department of the Faculty of Medicine in 1923.

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Dalhousie University. Board of Governors (1821 -)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1911-

Description of relationship

The Board of Governors of Dalhousie University has governed the Faculty of Medicine since 1911.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Division of Medical Education.

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hierarchical

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Anderson, David R.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

July 1, 2015 -

Description of relationship

David R. Anderson became the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine on July 1, 2015

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Marrie, Thomas J.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

2009-2015

Description of relationship

Thomas J. Marrie was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 2009-2015

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MacDonald, Noni

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1999-2003

Description of relationship

Noni MacDonald was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1999-2003

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Ruedy, John

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1993-1999

Description of relationship

John Ruedy was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1993-1999

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Shears, Arthur (July 27th, 1924 - May 22nd, 2013)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1977-1989

Description of relationship

Arthur Shears was professor and Head of the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) from 1977 to 1989

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Hatcher, J. Donald (d. 1991)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1976-1986

Description of relationship

J.D. Hatcher was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1976-1986

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MacPherson, Lloyd (1913-1988)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1971-1976

Description of relationship

Lloyd MacPherson was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1971-1976.

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Stewart, Chester B. (1910-1999)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1954-1971

Description of relationship

Chester Stewart was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1954-1971.

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Jones, Robert Orville (1914-1984)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1941-1949

Description of relationship

Jones became a professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie in 1941.

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Grant, Harry Goudge ([1885?]-1954)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1932-1954

Description of relationship

Harry Goudge Grant was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1932-1954.

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Alpha Eta Chapter of Phi Rho Sigma Fraternity (1925-)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1925-

Description of relationship

Dalhousie University established its chapter of Alpha Eta of Phi Rho Sigm in 1925, with a nucleus of nine chartered members.

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Stewart, John, Lt. Col. Dr. (1848-1933)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1919-1932

Description of relationship

John Stewart was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1919-1932.

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Lindsay, Andrew Walter Herdman (1870–1915)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1911-1915

Description of relationship

The Halifax Medical College was reintegrated back into Dalhousie University in 1911 and became the Faculty of Medicine once again. Andrew Walter Herdman Lindsay served as Secretary of the Faculty from 1911-1915.

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Kilpatrick, Elizabeth (1872 - [196-])

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associative

Dates of the relationship

[before 1915]

Description of relationship

Elizabeth Kilpatrick earned a PhD in medicine from Dalhousie University in 1915.

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Hamilton, Annie Isabella

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1894

Description of relationship

Annie Isabella Hamilton was the first woman to earn a medical degree from Dalhousie in 1894

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Reid, Alexander Peter (1836-1920)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1868-1873

Description of relationship

A.P. Reid was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1868-1873. He was the first dean of the faculty.

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Hattie, William Harop (1870-1931)

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associative

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William Harop Hattie taught at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine in the early 20th century

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