Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

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David Henderson, MD (CHM Class of 2013, Grand Rapids TIP Resident Class of 2016) was chosen by the AAFP Foundation as a 2016 Fellow in the History of Family Medicine.  The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) sponsors one Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine each year. The Fellowship supports research using the collections of the CHFM to advance understanding and appreciation of the history of Family Medicine.  The Fellowship provides a grant in an amount of up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for conducting research at the Center for the History of Family Medicine in Leawood, Kansas.

The proposed project may be on any subject relating to the history of general practice, family practice, or Family Medicine, its practitioners, and their role in health and health care in the United States.

Dr. Henderson’s undergraduate majors were in history and anthropology, giving him an ideal foundation upon which to base his research.  His project will be entitled, “Where Did the Family Go?  Revitalizing Family-Centered Care in Family Medicine.”  It will focus on the developing ideas of Family as it has been framed in the care of Family Medicine and how those concepts have changed over time.  The project will bring this developing concept of family as an essential part of medical care forward into the present timeframe.

The goals of the Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine, sponsored by the Center for the History of Family Medicine, are to:

  1. Advance Family Medicine practice, education, research and policy through improved understanding of its history.
  2. Stimulate the use of the Center’s collection of materials.
  3. Increase awareness of the Center and its collection among a broad variety of historians, scholars, educators and others.
  4. Add to the fund of knowledge on the history of Family Medicine and related fields.
  5. Stimulate the careers and work of scholars interested in the past and future of Family Medicine.

For more information on the AAFP Foundation Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine, go to: http://www.aafpfoundation.org/foundation/chfm.html