This past weekend I attended the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec, where I presided over the women’s breakfast and gave a session on using digital history for history of medicine and health sciences.
The women’s breakfast had the largest turnout ever — at least eighty people showed up. Given the size, we dispensed with the traditional round of introductions — instead, attendees shared their accomplishments and professional issues. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to scribble them all down and those I did are illegible, so if you were there and would like to share, post your comments here! We then broke up into informal discussions on particular topics. General issues raised included funding, the job market, and challenges of being an independent scholar.
Since I forgot to ask for a volunteer to organize the breakfast for next year, I’ll be doing it again in Rochester. Please send me ideas for format or topics.