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Christy Ledford, PhD, Named STFM’s First Medical Journalism Fellow
May 30, 2014—Christy Ledford, PhD, has been selected for the STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism. Her yearlong fellowship begins June 1, 2014.

Created in 2013, The STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism for new faculty members provides a 1-year experience in medical journalism with the editorial and publishing teams at Family Medicine. The goals are to improve fellows’ skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers; these basic scholarly skills will make them better teachers and leaders.

The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to learn the intricacies of research translation and dissemination. While it will enable me to refine my own writing and editing skills, it will also impart lessons that I can share with medical students, residents, and fellows in my teaching and mentoring,” said Dr Ledford.

After an early career in public relations, Dr Ledford returned to school to earn her PhD in health and strategic communication from George Mason University. She spent 8 years teaching public relations and organizational and interpersonal communication to undergraduate and graduate students before transitioning to medical education in 2011.

Dr Ledford is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. As a health communication scientist, she seeks to integrate communication principles and application into medical education and practice, both through theory and the application of mixed methods research. Her research focuses on how patients and physicians can negotiate emerging evidence together. She also mentors medical students and residents in their research, encouraging them to use a wide lens of inquiry as they develop their research paradigms.

“Our editorial team is delighted that Dr Ledford will be the inaugural fellow with our journal. Her communications background and her research experience will make her a great addition to our team," said Family Medicine Editor John Saultz.

“Through the fellowship selection and orientation process, I have enjoyed the privilege of meeting people who will be lifelong mentors. I look forward to building those relationships,” said Dr Ledford.

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