The Anesthesia History Association
2024 C. Ronald Stephen, M.D. Anesthesia History Essay Contest with the Raymond C. Roy, M.D. and Cornelia G. Roy Prize
Professor Stephen was one of the great pioneers of anesthesia history. This contest honors his achievements and leadership in research, clinical care, teaching, and the preservation of anesthesia history. The contest is open to medical students and physicians. Entries must be composed during medical school, residency, or fellowship. The winner will receive the Roy Prize ($1000.00). Essays should be less than 2500 words and may be on any topic in anesthesiology, pain medicine, or critical care.
The winning author will be invited to deliver a 30-minute oral presentation about the essay at the spring meeting of the Anesthesia History Association (AHA) held in Schaumburg, IL April of 2024. A panel of experts from the AHA will judge the entries on originality, appropriateness, quality of research, writing style, and bibliography. The winner must submit the essay to the Journal of Anesthesia History (Elsevier). Acceptance is not guaranteed. For formatting and other instructions, please see AHA Website Essay Requirements here. Entries must be received before 12:00 PM EDT on November 30th, 2023 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Receipt will be acknowledged to the sender’s email address.
Kaitlyn J. Kulesus, DO
Chair, C. Ronald Stephen, MD Anesthesia History Essay Contest
In 1905 George Santayana famously said, “those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.” Beyond this rather narrow motivation, members of the Anesthesia History Association would add that every anesthesiologist has an obligation to understand the history of the progress of anesthesia practice and technology as part of our claim to be “professionals”.
One of the most accomplished and revered “professionals” in the history of anesthesiology was Dr. C. Ronald Stephen. Among Dr. Stephen’s many contributions, he was an esteemed clinician, investigator, and mentor, as well as an early leader in the effort to preserve and teach the history of anesthesia.
In his honor and memory, the Anesthesia History Association established the annual C. Ronald Stephen Anesthesia History Essay Contest, which is open to all medical students and physicians who write an essay 2500 of words or less during medical school, residency, or fellowship. Raymond C. Roy, M.D. and Cornelia G. Roy generously award the winning essay writer a prize of $1,000.00.
The winner will be offered the opportunity to present their topic at the AHA annual meeting, which will be held in Schaumburg, IL in spring 2024. Travel funds are not available from the AHA, however, registration to the meeting and the annual banquet are provided for the winner and one guest.
Entries can be on any topic related to the history of anesthesiology, including subspecialties like pain medicine and critical care. Formatting and submission information can be found here. Please email entries to email@example.com before 12:00 PM CST on November 30th, 2023.
Please help us with this extremely useful educational experience by announcing the 2024 C. Ronald Stephen, M.D. Anesthesia History Essay Contest with the Raymond C. Roy, M.D. and Cornelia G. Roy Prize to your medical students, and anesthesiology residents and fellows.
Thank you for all the help you can lend to this annual event!
Noel M. Giesecke, M.D.
Anesthesia History Association
Kaitlyn J. Kulesus, D.O.
Chair, C. Ronald Stephen, MD
Anesthesia History Contest Committee