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What's New at the Center for the History of Family Medicine


William B. Ventres, MD, MA, of San Salvador, El Salvador, the recipient of the Center for the History of Family Medicine's Fourth Annual Fellowship award, paid a visit to the Center to complete research on his fellowship project.  He conducted extensive research into the Center's collections during his visit from February 24 through March 2, 2015.

Dr. Ventres' project, entitled "Voices Redux - Bringing Back the History of Family Medicine," will be revisiting and expanding on an earlier oral history project valled "Voices from Family Medicine."  Conducted in the early 1990s, this project involved interviewing founders of Family Medicine.  For his fellowship project, Dr. Ventres will be producing a video-documentary centering around his personal journey as a family physician, and writing a companion essay to the documentary.

On his visit to the Center, Dr. Ventres noted that "this fellowship has given me the opportunity to look back on the history of the discipline, on its values and principles, as a way toward carving a path for family medicine's future."

The CHFM sponsors one $2,000 Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine each year to support research using the collections of the Center to advance understanding and appreciation of the history of Family Medicine.  All are invited to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Fellowship is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  All applications will be reviewed in April, with the Fellowship award announced by May 30, 2015.  For complete fellowship rules, application forms, and instructions, please visit our website
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