Judith and David Bennahum
Judith and David Bennahum sponsor a travel fellowship to help expand knowledge of the arts.

The Institute for Ethics recently announced the recipients of the inaugural David & Judith Bennahum travel fellowship.

The David and Judith Bennahum Medical Humanities Travel Fellowship is an initiative sponsored by a generous gift from Drs. David and Judith Bennahum, and Dr. Ernest and Mrs. Eve R. Simon. It provides opportunities for medical students, physicians in training and junior faculty to expand their knowledge of the arts in order to broaden their perspective about the human condition. The fellowship provides up to $2,000.00 for travel to a medical/humanities conference or an equivalent program.

 “There were 16 very worthy project proposals and the selection committee was impressed with each of them. Due to budget constraints, the committee could only fund three.  It made for some very tough decisions,” said Anne Simpson, M.D., director of the UNM School of Medicine Institute for Ethics.

1.       Ellen Walford Hatch, MD, PhD candidate, UNM SOM MSII. Hatch will use interviews and photography with a project goal of transforming how the homeless in Albuquerque are viewed.

2.       Erin Rush Ortegon, MD, PG-1, psychiatry resident, will visit and learn about the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Living Museum in Queens, NY, with a goal to replicate the project here.

3.       Ariel Scott, MD, PGY-3, family and community medicine resident. Scott’s project is to attend the Taos Writers Retreat, with an ultimate goal to integrate and embed narrative medicine into the current medical education curriculum

“Congratulations to this group of fellows, we look forward to working with them and future applicants. Many thanks to Dr. David & Dr. Judith Bennahum and also to Dr. Ernie Simon for this fellowship and the opportunities it supports,” said Simpson.

Individuals must be a medical student enrolled at UNM SOM, participating in UNM SOM residency/ fellows program, or be a non-tenured SOM junior faculty member (who has been in their position for three years or less).