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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.

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).

 

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

May 20, 2019

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) announced today the recipient of the 2019 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine.

Timothy J. Hoff, PhD of Boston, Massachusetts has been awarded the CHFM’s Ninth Annual Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine for his project “The Family Physician Career Evolution Study: A Multi-Level Analysis”.  

Dr. Hoff currently serves as Professor of Management, Health Care Systems, and Health Policy, at Northeastern University in Boston. In addition, he also serves as a Visiting Associate Fellow and Scholar at the University of Oxford in the UK.

An accomplished health services research scholar well known for his work studying primary care system transformation and physician workforce issues, Dr. Hoff is the author of two books focusing on the evolution of primary care work (Practice Under Pressure: Primary Care Physicians and Their Work in the 21st Century, published by Rutgers University Press) and the doctor-patient relationship in an era of corporatized and retail-oriented primary care (Next in Line: Lowered Care Expectations in the Age of Retail- and Value-Based Health, published by Oxford University Press). In addition, he is also the co-editor of a seminal volume on transformations in the health care workforce, published by Oxford University Press (The Healthcare Professional Workforce: Understanding Human Capital in a Changing Industry), and writes frequently for publications on issues relating to changes occurring within the US health system, health care innovation, primary care, physician attitudes and behavior, and health care quality.

Dr. Hoff’s fellowship project “The Family Physician Career Evolution Study: A Multi-Level Analysis,” will examine the current evolution of family medicine careers through a multi-level analysis that includes 80-100 in-depth interviews with family physicians at all career stages, and archival analysis focused on select materials found at the Center for History in Family Medicine. According to Dr. Hoff, “The overall study aim is to generate knowledge around how family medicine careers are changing, within the context of a changing specialty landscape, larger health system changes, and the disruptive forces now affecting the U.S. primary care system.”

On receiving the news that he had been awarded the fellowship, Dr. Hoff said, “I am honored and thrilled to receive the Sandra L. Panther Fellowship.  I have devoted much of my scholarly research career to studying primary care and the health care workforce, in particular family physicians and their work.  I also worked in a family medicine residency program and urban primary care practice before going into academia.  I truly believe that a well-functioning primary care system is a vital resource for producing high quality, affordable health care.”

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(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(www.aafpfoundation.org).

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