2020 marks two important events in the history of our profession: the 75th annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrator, and the 75th anniversary of the medical illustration program at the University of Toronto. The current Biomedical Communications graduate program grew from a seed planted in 1945 by Maria Wishart, who had studied with Max Brodel at Johns Hopkins University, when she established the Art as Applied to Medicine diploma program. The program evolved over the years from a diploma, to an undergraduate degree, and now to a thriving graduate degree. In this talk we will look at how the program has changed and highlight the luminaries who were crucial to its early and continuing success: Maria Wishart, Eila Hopper-Ross, Nancy Joy, Muriel McLatchie-Miller, Elizabeth Blackstock, Dorothy Chubb, Steve Gilbert, and Linda Wilson-Pauwels, to name a few. Their work and professional pedigree will be discussed, with an emphasis on the role of women in the development of our profession. This presentation will highlight the interconnectedness of the founders of our profession in both Canada and the USA. We will look to the future by examining the historical ground from which our profession has grown.

Shelley Wall, MScBMC, PhD, CMI

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Shelley Wall is an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Communications (BMC) graduate program at the University of Toronto, where she has taught since 2007. Her research and creative interests include the history of medical illustration, best practices in patient education, and graphic medicine—the creation and use of comics in healthcare and medical education.