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Dr Nguyen Named 2017 STFM Medical Journalism Fellow

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July 31, 2017— Bich May Nguyen, MD, MPH, has been selected for the 2017 STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism. Her fellowship year runs from June 2017 and goes until July 2018.

Designed for new faculty, the STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism provides a 1-year experience in medical journalism with the editorial and publishing teams at Family Medicine. Fellows improve their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers during the fellowship; these scholarly skills make them better teachers and leaders. When asked what inspired her to apply for the fellowship, Dr Nguyen replied, “I hope to improve my general research skills and learn about educational research. I haven't had as much research experience compared to medical school friends who went into competitive specialties or fellowships. Yet, family physicians study important questions that impact medical education and population health. By doing research that doesn't involve laboratory science, I hope to inspire other faculty and residents ask questions, test hypotheses, and share their work. I want to encourage others to be curious.”

Dr Nguyen has written opinion pieces for mainstream newspapers, but has had less experience with scientific writing. “I am anxious to learn more about the behind-the-scenes work of the scholarly publication. I want to learn how editorial and publishing decisions are made. Getting practice reviewing other researchers' work could help me improve my skills and become more confident,” said Dr Nguyen. “I like how Family Medicine is an open access journal that does not use pharmaceutical advertising.”

“The editorial team at Family Medicine is delighted to welcome Dr Nguyen as our 2017-18 fellow. She is the first fellow from a community hospital residency in the 4-year history of our fellowship. Our team is looking forward to working with her in the coming year,” said John Saultz, MD, editor of Family Medicine. Dr Saultz also added that Dr Nguyen brings extensive experience with social media to the editorial team.

A family physician who teaches medical students and family medicine residents while caring for patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings, Dr Nguyen believes in helping patients access high quality health care in line with their values in the right location at the right time. She is faculty at Memorial Family Medicine Residency, Sugar Land, Texas. She has been invited to speak at state, national, and international meetings about gun violence, reproductive health, and social media. She was selected for the Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship with the National Physicians Alliance from 2013-2014 and New Leaders Council Houston's inaugural fellow class in 2015.

Dr Nguyen received a MD in the Underserved Track from Baylor College of Medicine and a MPH with a concentration in health policy from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in family medicine at Boston University. In her free time, May enjoys reading, swing dancing, and finding good shows on Netflix. She swears she will learn how to play her ukulele.

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