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Newfoundland Medical Association fonds

  • CA NL0001 008
  • Fonds
  • 1926

The photograph contains names of 46 delegates who attended the 1926 Annual Meeting of the Newfoundland Medical Association.
Dr. Whelan’s papers cover the time he was president of the NMA (1968-1969) and consist of minutes of the various committees of the NMA, correspondence, annual reports and proceedings of an open meeting of a planning conference for the Health Sciences Centre (1966). Pertinent issues in Dr. Whelan’s time as NMA president include: planning for the medical school, introduction of Medicare (MCP), and inefficiencies in outpatient care.

The fonds is arranged in the following series:

  1. Photograph, 1926
  2. NMA Minutes
    2.1. Medical Advisory Committee, February 1968 - January 1970
    2.2. Miscellaneous Minutes, November 1968-September 1969
    2.3. NMA Executive Minutes, 11 February, 1969-21 March 1970
    2.4. Excerpts from Exec minutes concerning specialists 1962-1969
  3. Newfoundland Medical Directory, 1969
  4. Planning Conference for a Health Sciences Centre, MUN Sept 1,2,3, 1966. Proceedings of an open meeting, Sept 3, 1966
  5. NMA AGM Minutes and Reports
    5.1. NMA Minutes and Reports AGM 1969
    5.2. NMA Minutes and Reports AGM 1970
  6. Correspondence June 1968 - March 1970
  7. By-Laws of the Medical Staff of the Salvation Army - Grace Hospital. St. John’s, Nfld. February 1966

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association

Health and Life Sciences Centre Functional and Development Study fonds

  • CA NL0001 010
  • Fonds
  • 1969

The Medical School and University Hospital project was first considered in the period 1961-1963, and its need and feasibility was supported by Lord Brain in his study and subsequent report on the Health Services in the Province in 1965-1966. It also demonstrated and reaffirmed the MacFarlane report of 1966. Following a conference held in St. John’s in the fall of 1966 to discuss the effects of the establishment of a health sciences centre, a Brief to the Government of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador was prepared and submitted by the University in November 1966. A commitment in principle was made by Premier Smallwood on behalf of the Provincial Government on 18 April, 1967, recognizing the immense benefits, which would accrue to the Province’s health resources as a result of the institution of a medical school and university hospital.

The publication of the Royal Commission on Health Services in Canada and the subsequent establishment of the Health Resources Fund by the Federal Government confirmed the local and national need to train more medical and para-medical practitioners and assisted in no small measure in establishing the viability of the project terms and initial cost. The University, in recognising the close disciplinary relationships between the Health and Life Sciences and the academic and economic benefits, which would be achieved, decided in 1967 to integrate the Life and Health Sciences into one physical and administrative complex. The facilities in this complex would include schools of the health-related professions in a similar close association to the continuing benefit of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the summer of 1968, following the appointment of the Dean of Medicine, work began on functional planning and development of a master plan for the Health and Life Sciences Centre within the framework of Sir Frederick Gibberd’s master plan for the University as a whole. This planning and development document found here in this collection, is divided into two parts and defines the functional objectives of the proposed Centre, outlines its functional requirements and organization in terms of personnel and space and recommends a plan or framework for its physical development.

The Functional and Development Plan for the Health and Life Sciences Centre at Memorial University represented a further, positive step towards the realization of Newfoundland’s Medical School and University Hospital. Also, it defined the future expansion of the important programmes of the Life Sciences and the establishment of training facilities for the health-related professions.

The functional and development plan was developed to meet the specific needs of Newfoundland and Labrador’s medical system not only in relation to the health services of the Province but also to ensure that fiscal demands arising from the construction of the Centre could be met by the Government in a flexible way. The development concept recommended in this report was not a rigid plan but a system of building the facilities for this very exciting and forward-looking Centre.

The wide range of alternative phasing possibilities meant that the plan would need to be monitored, ensuring that the University’s needs were met, phase by phase, and the Centre’s full potential was realized without inhibiting the basic aim of integration of the disciplines. It was also intended the plan be extremely functional to produce an efficient and economic Centre, both in construction and in operation, and that the design concept proposed would enable the Provincial and Federal Government to embark upon the construction of this Centre with confidence.

The study was performed by Llewellyn-Davies Weeks Forestier-Walker & Bor of London, England and Ottawa, Ontario. The fonds consists of the following series:

1.0 Publications, April 1969

General Hospital Development Plan fonds

  • CA NL0001 011
  • Fonds
  • 1969

In February 1968 a report entitled “St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula - Future Integration of Hospital Services” was submitted to the Department of Health. Combined in this report, at the specific request of the minister, were recommendations for the future role of the St. John’s General Hospital in the region and for a phased upgrading of the hospital. The development plan in this collection is based on the recommendations in that Hospital Services Report, developed into necessary detail, and was completed by Llewellyn-Davies Weeks Forestier-Walker & Bor of London, England and Ottawa, Ontario in June 1969.

The need for a medical school and a university hospital located on campus had been firmly established at the time of this report, first by Lord Brain in the Royal Commission on Health Services in Newfoundland and Labrador, and later by the MacFarlane Commission. Subsequently, the proposal was further endorsed by a Planning Conference to which had been invited distinguished members of the medical professions from Canada, the UK and the USA. Despite the fact that planning and movement had begun on the new 400 bed University Hospital, it was clear that several years would elapse before the new facilities would become available. In the meantime, the General Hospital was intended to maintain essential services to the community and to continue its role in graduate medical education. Pending completion of the University Hospital, the “General”, as it was commonly known, was to participate in undergraduate clinical teaching with the likelihood of maintaining this participation, relative to its later role in the region, as an affiliated teaching hospital.

The report is divided into the following chapters:

Introduction

  1. The Consultants Terms of Reference
  2. The Future Functional Plan
  3. The Redevelopment Requirement
  4. The Existing Hospital
  5. Programme of Redevelopment
  6. Phasing
  7. Engineering
  8. Cost Estimates
    Space Programmes
    Illustrations

Memorial University Master Plans collection

  • Fonds
  • 1968-1975

The plans provide a detailed look at the estimated and speculative development of Memorial University's new St. John's campus. They show proposed sites of buildings, parking lots, student residences, faculty living quarters, etc., all in relation to St. John's landmarks and locations. The Master Plan is at the back of the report: the text and drawings explain why the plan takes the form it does and shows how it may be transformed from a two-dimensional paper pattern to an actual place that once can inhabit and walk about. The sections examined in detail throughout the plans include: 1. The University and the City; 2. The Academic Brief; 3. The Topographical Study;4. The South Campus and the Junior Division; 5. The Building Pattern; 6. The Circulation System; 7. The Landscape Design; 8. The Schematic Master Plan; 9. The Main Block; 10. The Library; 11. Convocation Hall; 12. Physical Education; 13. University Theatre; 14. South Campus Link Block; 15. The Senior College; 16. Architectural Character.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Francis O’Dea fonds

  • CA NL0001 030
  • Fonds
  • 1945-1977

Fonds consists of the personal and professional records created by Francis O’Dea during his work in the medical profession and his involvement with a variety of individuals and organizations in Newfoundland. The fonds contains patient records, patient accounts and appointments, and receipt books from 1949-1977. There is also a small amount of correspondence relating to Medicare and the Newfoundland Medical Association. The fonds is arranged in the following series:

1.0 Medical Accounts, 1945-1977 (Entire Series is Restricted)
2.0 Patient Records, 1949-1975 (Entire Series is Restricted)
3.0 Administrative Files, 1950-1967 (Contains Restricted Material)

O'Dea, Dr. Francis

Faculty of Medicine Scrapbook Collection

  • CA NL0001 005
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1979

Fonds consists of material (mostly newspaper articles) relating to the planning, construction, staffing, and administration of the Medical School at Memorial University and the Health Sciences Centre in which it operates. There are photographs of the first staff members and the first medical students to work at the School. Fonds is composed of the following series:

  1. Miscellaneous Faculty of Medicine Material, 1968-1978
  2. Photographs, 1970-1974
  3. Newspaper articles, 1967-1979

Health Sciences and Information Media Services Photograph collection

  • CA NL0001 007
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1983, predominant 1968-1974

Health Science Information and Media Services (HSIMS) has been documenting the formation and development of the Faculty of Medicine and the Health Sciences Centre since the first mention of a medical school for Memorial University. The photographs and visual materials in this collection were part of a large display that was created by HSIMS in 1983 on the anniversary of the Medical School at Memorial. It originally hung in the lobby of the Health Sciences Centre until 1984 when it was removed and stored and later, donated to the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive.

Fonds consists of photographs and visual material relating to the planning, staffing, construction, and administration of the Faculty of Medicine and the Health Sciences Centre in which it operates. Fonds is composed of the following series:

1.0 Health Sciences and Early Thoughts, 1960-1964
2.0 Feasibility Studies, 1965-1967
3.0 Acceptance, 1967
4.0 Development of Educational Programmes, 1968-1969
5.0 Faculty Recruitment, 1968-1969
6.0 Construction, 1969-1974
7.0 The Mortar That Holds The Bricks Together, 1969-1974
8.0 The Early Years, 1973
9.0 Graduation, 1973
10.0 The Medical School Moves to the HSC, 1973-1978
11.0 General Hospital Moves to the HSC, 1978-1978
12.0 Medical Consultation, 1823-1983

Dr. Kenneth B. Roberts fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1976-1989; predominant 1982-1987

The fonds consists of material relating to Dr. Kenneth B. Roberts and his work while in the John Clinch Professor of Medical History position in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Also contains work on monographs, (published and unpublished) completed and organized by Dr. K.B. Roberts. Fonds is composed of the following series: 1. Correspondence; 2. History of Medicine Material; 3. Newspaper Articles; 4. Slides and Photographs; 5. Materials relating to Caring for the Sick in Newfoundland - unpublished collection of essays edited by Dr. Roberts.

Roberts, Dr. Kenneth B.

Dr. A. T. H. Burness fonds

  • CA NL0001 019
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1990

The fonds consists of publications and research notes by Dr. Burness, which were created during his work in the medical research profession, including his involvement with a variety of individuals and organizations in Newfoundland and abroad. The fonds consists of the following series:

1.0 Publications, 1962-1990
2.0 Research Notes, 1960-1974

Health Sciences and Information Media Services Videotape Collection

  • CA NL0001 012
  • Fonds
  • 1978-1991

As part of its mandate, HSIMS (Health Sciences Information and Media Service, formerly called Medical Audio Visual Services [MAVS]) created many videocassettes for the Medical School after its formation and made them available as teaching aids, public awareness tools and medical learning resources for students, staff and faculty. They were written, produced, directed and designed by the staff of HSIMS and also involved students, staff and faculty from Memorial and affiliated teaching hospitals in the St. John’s area. They were retained in the HSIMS storage area in the Health Sciences Centre.

The videocassettes cover the many projects and subjects worked on by HSIMS during the years 1978-1991, including community activities, health education, outreach to youth, and many other topics dealing with medicine and the provision of health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Health Sciences and Information Media Services

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