CFS: J General Internal Medicine

The Journal of General Internal Medicine seeks two types of high quality work for its Healing Arts section:
·        Text and Context consists of excerpts from literature (novels, short stories, poetry, plays or creative non-fiction) of 200-800 words followed by an accompanying essay of up to 1000 words discussing the significance of the work for clinical practice or medical education and, where appropriate, linking it to the clinical or medical education literature. Essays should include up to 3 learning objectives/discussion questions and may include up to 5 references. Please consult the January 2010 JGIM for an example of this type of submission. The author is responsible for submitting a detailed reference of the creative work and obtaining copyright permission for its use in JGIM.
·        Materia Medica consists of well-crafted, highly readable and engaging personal narratives, essays or short stories of up to 1500 words and poetry of up to 100 lines. These pieces should focus on a given experience, person or event that informs or illuminates the practice or teaching of medicine. We are interested in narratives that “show” through story (scene, dialogue, etc.; i.e., “Mr. Hernandez’ skin color matched the white sheets. I leaned over to see if he was breathing and he opened his eyes. ‘I’m dying, doc,’ he said. ‘You don’t need to lie no more.’) rather than either narratives which tell the reader what happened and what to think (“this patient taught me so much about professionalism”) or case reports focused on medical details. If non-fiction, please either mask the subject’s identity or gain their permission prior to submission. This is a regular section in the journal so submissions are rolling and ongoing.
Material may be submitted electronically here:
Please contact us with questions and address all queries to the Healing Arts Editors Louise Aronson and Jennifer Best .


CFP: Urban Health (Penn Med Humanities Consortium)

Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Ninth Annual Meeting, April 15 – 16, 2011
CALL FOR PROPOSALS Deadline: January 31, 2011
The Ninth Annual Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium meeting will be held at Temple University School of Medicine, 3500 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, on Friday evening April 15 through Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2011. To explore this year’s theme, The Story of Health and Illness in Urban America, we are seeking abstracts of papers as well as proposals for panels, workshops, readings and performances that examine topics relevant to medicine and health care, preferably in the context of an urban environment. The approach should represent the orientation of at least one of the medical humanities (e.g. history, literature, art, bioethics, philosophy, religious studies, disabilities studies, sociology, psychology, gender studies, and anthropology). Proposals should be of interest to a general audience (e.g. healthcare providers, humanities scholars, laypersons, students), and serve as a departure point for lively discussion. All presenters must be registered conference participants. We particularly welcome submissions from students at all levels and from all relevant disciplines. The consortium focuses on collegial discussion and the sharing of ideas, so paper presentations should be brief–no more than 15 minutes–to allow for adequate discussion. Panels, workshops, readings and performances will be allotted more time, as the planning committee deems equitable, based on their content and number of participants.Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
● The challenges unique to the provision of healthcare in increasingly multi-cultural
● The implications of healthcare reform on access to care
● Representations of health and illness in literature, art, photography, film, music,
dance or mass media
● Evolving relationships between members of the health care team
● Shifting paradigms in the provision of primary care
● “Disability” and disabilities studies in historical context
● Gender issues in medicine and health care
● Patterns of illness and disease unique to urban settings
● Evolving perceptions of aging and “the good death”
● The “new” economics of health care
We welcome interdisciplinary work as well as that of single disciplines. Please send abstracts and proposals (one page) electronically as an attachment in Word, or as a PDF file by January 31, 2011 to the review committee at: , with the subject line ‘PMHC 2011 Proposal’. Additional information regarding the meeting will be forthcoming, and registration will open in mid-January. For general inquiries about submissions or the meeting itself, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact the planning committee at .
The Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium (PAMHC) is a diverse group of health practitioners, humanists, scholars, scientists, writers, and students who gather annually to discuss research and teaching in the medical humanities.

CFP: Nursing’s Contribution to Women’s Health (Penn Hospital)

Call for Papers
The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its sixth annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Thursday, April 28, 2011. We invite interested persons to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Friday, December 10, 2010 for consideration. The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on women’s health issues from the late 18th century to the present. This conference encourages interdisciplinary work. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Nursing’s Contribution to Women’s Health.” Defined broadly, we will welcome submissions regarding any aspect of nursing from the 18th c to the modern era, including midwifery, nursemaids, wet nurses, nursing schools, changes in nursing programs, the professionalization of nursing, role of the care giver during any era, the role of “mother” in the care of the family and society, etc.

We are happy to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be internationally renowned nurse historian Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Fairman is currently the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books, Critical Care Nursing: A History (University of Penn Press, 1998), authored with her mentor, Dr. Joan Lynaugh, and Making Room in the Clinic: Nurse Practitioners and the Evolution of Modern Health Care (Rutgers University Press, 2008), an analysis of the American nurse practitioner movement.

Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, is a 515-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution. For more information please visit our web site at  For more on our collections or the history of Pennsylvania Hospital, please visit

Please e-mail your one to two page proposals to: Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital

  Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital, 3 Pine East, 800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 829-5434 (v), (215) 829-7155 (f)  Email: Visit the website at

No Muses

Some academic writers claim that they can’t write until the mood or an inspiration strikes them. Often they don’t accomplish much writing as a result. Blame it on The Muse. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that nine sisters, The Muses, were the source of our inspiration for a variety of forms of writing (and other arts).

Kerry Ann Rockquemore resucitates the concept only to drive a stake through its heart in the latest installment of her weekly column in Inside Higher Ed. “The Myth of the Muse” examines this fallacy and suggests strategies for making daily writing a habit.

The article is open access on line.

CFS: Stress, Psychoneuroimmunology and Allostasis (Biol Res Nurs)

BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH FOR NURSING: Integrating Biobehavioral Research into Health Care
SPECIAL ISSUE: Nursing Research in Stress, Psychoneuroimmunology and Allostasis Guest Editor: Maureen Groer, RN, PhD, FAAN
Deadline: December 5, 2011

Investigators are invited to submit manuscripts related to nursing research on stress, immune effects of stress, and allostasis for a special issue of Biological Research for Nursing. Many studies now support the concept that stress leads to immune changes of significance for human health. Allostasis and allostatic load comprise a leading theory of how stress exerts these psychoneuroimmunological effects. Theoretical papers, literature reviews and manuscripts describing studies that include stress and immunity as well as biomarkers of allostatic load will bring together these conceptualizations into an evidence-based paradigm for preventing and intervening in stress-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, allergies and autoimmunity. Biological Research for Nursing is the only journal specifically intended to deliver basic, clinical, and applied research about biological changes in healthy and unhealthy populations to nurses. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles that address issues such as:
􀂾 Theoretical foundations that increase understanding of biological and physiological changes in health and illness
􀂾 Enhancements in health care interventions developed through biological and physiological research findings
􀂾 New methods, instruments, and techniques for biological and physiological research
Editorial Contact Information
Contact the guest editor with queries about appropriate topics or works in progress for the special issue:
Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing
University of South Florida
12910 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
Tampa, Fl 33612
Contact the managing editor with questions about the manuscript-submission process:
Marnie Wiss, Managing Editor
Tel: 352-335-4195
Fax: 352-378-2731
Author guidelines and other information relevant to submission:

CFP: Paradigm Shifts, The Nature of Change and the Place of Hope

1st Global Conference, Paradigm Shifts: The Nature of Change and the Place of Hope, Sunday 22nd May – Tuesday 24th May 2010, Warsaw, Poland

This is a new inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project about the nature of Change. Papers are invited from theorists and practitioners on how significant change occurs or has occurred in their discipline, how that change affects or has affected theory and practice, and what part, if any, hope plays or has played in that process of change.  Thinkers and practitioners across a wide range of disciplines have become aware of Kuhn’s concept of “paradigm shifts”, which explains how science operates for long periods without any fundamental change, within a “paradigm”. For Kuhn, change occurs when anomalies increasingly build up, and eventually a new theory is required that can incorporate those anomalies. With the momentum of a revolution, the new paradigm ousts the old, and establishes itself not through objective, rational superiority but through a leap of faith by the scientific community. Kuhn’s is not, of course, the only way of explaining change. For Popper, change occurs not by establishing “truths” but by dispelling errors. Others envisage science as conservative, rather than critical, and change as evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Most disciplines have historically had to cope with fundamental changes in the ideas or theories central to that discipline.  Practitioners have to cope with the consequences of these changes, and amend their practice in the light of ‘new’ or ‘re-configured knowledge. The consequences of such profound changes in thought and practice affect all of us, because our social, political and economic habits are altered as a result. In an everyday example, parents who have a child twenty years, say, after their first, will find that the instruction they are given by the “experts”, based on “knowledge” differs widely from that given to them twenty years previously. Change is a dynamic concept and produces dynamic responses. Some resist change, and cling to the old ways. Some embrace it uncritically. Some attempt, individually or collectively, to evaluate the ‘new’ knowledge – as in, for example, the current state of flux in thought about climate change.

Papers are invited from those working in the history of ideas, philosophy of science, law, natural and human sciences and all disciplines which have undergone change. Papers are welcomed from practitioners who have monitored, reflected on or critically evaluated change and its effects in social, economic and political contexts. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 26th November 2010. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 1st April 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract E-mails should be entitled: Paradigm Shift Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Organising Chairs:
Diana Medlicott, Independent Scholar, London, United Kingdom, E-mail:
Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, E-mail:
   The conference is part of the Critical Issues programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).
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Nursing History Conference (Berlin)

International Conference on Nursing History in Berlin 
Venue: Berlin Historical Museum of Medicine (Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité), Campus Charité Mitte, Charitéplatz 1 (former Schumannstr. 20/21), 10117 Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
Abstract deadline: 24 November 2010
Contact: Dr. Bettina Blessing,  The conference is organized by the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart and in cooperation with the Berlin Medical Historical Museum.

Over the past fifty years, nursing history has moved from studies with an institutional and biographical emphasis to those with more complex and critical evaluations of nursing practice. Following these developments, the theme of this conference is conflicts in nursing history. This can include difficulties between nurses and patients, clashes between nurses and doctors, conflicts between the nurses and hospital administrations and tensions between nurses. This conference will bring together scholars of nursing history from English and German speaking countries and aims to create a form for the development of comparative perspectives. The language of the conference will be English. Oral presentations should not exceed 20 minutes so as to allow for a thorough discussion. Please submit a one page abstract (of no more than 400 words) via e-mail by 24 November 2010. State the title of the paper at the top of the abstract and at the end list name, institutional affiliation or city and contact information. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected based on merit. There will be approximately 20 speakers. Applicants will be informed by 4 January 2011 whether their proposals have been accepted. Participants will receive reimbursement of travel expenses (colleagues from overseas will receive a maximum of 600 Euro). Hotel reservations will be provided by the Institute.

Contact information: Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Dr. Bettina Blessing, Straussweg 17, D – 70188 Stuttgart
Phone: 00 49 711 460 84 166  Fax: 00 49 711 460 84 181  Email:   URL: