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CHFM Announces Recipients of Annual Sandra L. Panther History of  
of Family Medicine Fellowship 

June 4, 2020

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) announced today the recipients of the 2020 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine.

Allyssa Abel, MPH and Aaron George, DO have been awarded CHFM’s 10th Annual Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine for their project, “Reinvigorating the Visions of the Founders of Family Medicine.” On receiving the news that they had been awarded the fellowship, Ms. Abel commented that, “we are very excited to continue our project with support from and access to Center for the History of Family Medicine.”

Ms. Abel is a fourth-year medical student at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. Dr. George is the Assistant Program Director at Meritus Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. George is also a clinical associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

This fellowship project, “Reinvigorating the Visions of the Founders of Family Medicine,” will focus on connecting with and interviewing many of the founders and early leaders of the discipline of family medicine. The intent is to understand the roots of the profession, trajectory and path over the past five decades, and the direction family medicine should seek from here. By conducting this series of stimulating interviews with family medicine’s most influential historical figures, as well as having today’s young leaders of family medicine reflecting upon and writing about them, the hope is to put younger cohorts of family physicians in touch with the founders’ energy and vision.

The CHFM presently sponsors one $2,000 Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine each year. Named the Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine in honor of former AAFP Foundation executive director Sandra L. “Sandy” Panther, interested family physicians, residents, students, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists and others are invited to apply for the 2020 Fellowship. For more information, please visit the Center’s website at: http://www.aafpfoundation.org/chfmfellowship(www.aafpfoundation.org)

Housed at AAFP headquarters and administered by the non-profit AAFP Foundation, the Center for the History of Family Medicine serves as the principal resource center for the collection, conservation, study, exhibition, and dissemination of materials relating to the evolving history of the specialty of Family Medicine in the United States for the benefit of the specialty and the public.  For more information on the Center, please contact Center staff via telephone at 1-800-274-2237 (ext. 6007), via fax at (913) 906-6095, via e-mail at chfm@aafp.org, or visit our web site at:  http://www.aafpfoundation.org/chfm(www.aafpfoundation.org).

 

CHFM Announces Manuscript Donation from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Founding Residency Program Director, Nikitas J. Zervanos, MD

February 11, 2020

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) announced today the donation of three manuscripts from Nikitas J. Zervanos, MD. The manuscripts focus on the history of family medicine and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Family Practice Residency Program in Lancaster, Penn., one of the first approved family medicine programs in the United States. Dr. Zervanos was the founding director.

“The manuscripts from Dr. Zervanos represent 50 years of focused education regarding the family physician,” said Phyl Naragon, deputy executive director, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. “We are thrilled he has donated the manuscripts to the Center, where family physicians, residents, students, historians, scholars and educators will have access to them for years to come.”

The manuscripts are separated into three books. Book I is an account of the evolution of general medical practice in America; Book II delves into the history of general medical practice in Lancaster County, as well as the history of Lancaster General Hospital; Book III is the story of Lancaster General’s family practice residency program.

For more information about the collection and how to access the manuscripts, please email the Center at chfm@aafp.org or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6007.

CHFM Announces New Publication: “A Pocket History of Family Medicine”

September 18, 2019

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) announced today a new publication, entitled A Pocket History of Family Medicine in the United States(www.aafpfoundation.org).

Colorful and richly illustrated, the small (8 ½” x 4”) 36-page “pocket” size booklet is designed to give a brief history of the specialty to family physicians, students, residents, and members of the public to help educate them on the history and evolution of family medicine.

“Throughout every era of U.S. history, general practitioners (GPs) and family physicians (FPs) have been on the front lines of the American health care system. Family medicine practitioners were signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, have served as governors, cabinet members, and congressmen; two have even served as U.S. surgeons general,” says Phyl Naragon, director of programs, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. “The Pocket History is intended as a reminder of the important role family physicians have played as the champions of health care through U.S. history.”

With generous support provided by gifts from the Franciscan Health Indianapolis Family Medicine Residency and Eli Lilly and Company to help fund the project, copies of the Pocket History are available for a suggested donation of twenty-five dollars to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. All proceeds will go to the CHFM Endowment. The CHFM Endowment, a long-term growth fund, was established in 1998 with the goal of eventually establishing the CHFM as a permanently self-supporting and self-sustaining entity within Family Medicine.

“The Pocket History is a great learning tool for medical students―and a great reminder to family physicians―of the proud legacy and heritage of the specialty,” says Naragon.

CHFM Announces New 2019 Intern, Ian Stone

July 3, 2019

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) is happy to announce that beginning the week of July 1st, Mr. Ian Stone will be joining the staff as the Center’s new 2019 CHFM intern.

Ian is originally from Shawnee, Kansas and is presently a senior pursuing a B.A. degree with a double major in History and Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. After graduation this December, he hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.

Each year, the Center accepts applications for one internship position with an emphasis in the history of family medicine.

The position is open to all interested undergraduate and graduate students living in the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The successful applicant must complete a total of 120 hours over eight to 12 weeks; weekly hours and scheduling are flexible. Upon successful completion of the internship, a scholarship award in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded.

On hearing that he had been selected for the internship, Ian shares that, “I am both shocked and honored to have been selected as the 2019 intern for the Center for the History of Family Medicine and I appreciate the opportunity to work for such an innovative organization as the AAFP Foundation.”

Housed at AAFP headquarters and administered by the non-profit AAFP Foundation, the Center for the History of Family Medicine serves as the principal resource center for the collection, conservation, study, exhibition, and dissemination of materials relating to the evolving history of the specialty of Family Medicine in the United States for the benefit of the specialty and the public.  For more information on the Center, please contact Center staff via telephone at 1-800-274-2237 (ext. 6007), via fax at (913) 906-6095, via e-mail at chfm@aafp.org, or visit our web site(www.aafpfoundation.org).

 

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