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


May 2015

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) recently announced the recipient of the 2015 Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine. John J. Frey III, MD, of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Madison, Wisconsin, has been awarded the fellowship for his project "Taking Care of Neighbors: A Social History of General Practice and Family Medicine in the 20th Century."

Dr. Frey is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. Currently, he serves as editor of the Wisconsin Medical Journal and as an Associate Editor of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Dr. Frey is the author of numerous published works on the topics of Family Medicine, Health Care, Medical Education, and Medical History. He holds a BA degree from Notre Dame University and an MD from Northwestern University School of Medicine and is the recipient of several honors and awards including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship, the Lyndhurst Prize, the F. Marian Bishop Award for service to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the Folkert O. Belzer Award from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Frey's fellowship project will describe the social and community context of general practice from the mid-twentieth century to the end of the century. According to Dr. Frey, "My reasons for undertaking the study are personal . . . My teachers were the founders of the specialty and I believe I understand the political and academic origins of the discipline. But I feel we need to understand the moral and societal aspects of the work of general practice and the core values of citizenship and engagement in communities that characterized it if we are to be effective in shaping the future work of family doctors."

On receving the news that he had been awarded the fellowship, Dr. Frey said, "It is a wonderful opportunity to work with the Center and the archivists of our history to gain a better understanding of the academic and professional movement that has changed our country during my lifetime."

For information about the CHFM Fellowship, visit the website.
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