Celebrating specialty medicine’s history and heritage

The history of specialty medicine mirrors the rise and advancement of modern health care. The Royal College, its Fellows and its partners have played a vital role in improving patient health through clinical excellence, scientific breakthroughs, educational excellence and a commitment to high-quality care.

The impact of these achievements continues to benefit patients in hospitals, clinics and health care settings across Canada and abroad. Please continue on and learn more about the proud history of specialty medicine.

Have a history of medicine question? Fellows can peruse the Royal College’s extensive library onsite in Ottawa – a rich resource of medical information – or contact our Heritage and Special Collections Administrator at history@royalcollege.ca for research help.

The Royal College Collection The Royal College Building The Joseph Lister Exhibit

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the Royal College, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association and The College of Family Physicians of Canada, have created Canadian physicians, surgeons and medicine in the First World War, a resource list for researchers and all those interested in the connections between medicine, surgery and war. To obtain a comprehensive list, including links to a wide range of articles, please send your request to history@royalcollege.ca.

Are you interested in medical history? Join our History and Heritage Advisory Committee.

Questions? Comments?

We want to hear from you. Please contact history@royalcollege.ca today.