UNM HSC Institute for Ethics
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
917 Vassar Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: (505) 272-4566
Fax: (505) 272-4569

David and Judith Bennahum Medical Humanities 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 to provide opportunities for 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 $1,500.00 for travel to a medical/humanities conference or an equivalent program. 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).  Application process will open again in the Fall of 2018.

2017 - 2018 Awardees:

  • James Cotton, MD, PGY-2, emergency medicine resident, will attend the New York Film Academy Hands-On Intensive 1-Week Filmmaking Workshop to develop his filmmaking skills with the hope to create films about the state of health care.
  • Megana Dwarakanath, MD, PGY-1, pediatrics resident, will attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal to develop her writing and collaborate with other writers.

2016 - 2017 Awardees:

  • Ellen Walford Hatch, UNM SOM MSII, MD, PhD candidate, will use interviews and photography with a project goal of transforming how the Albuquerque homeless are viewed.
  • Erin Rush Ortegon, MD, PGY-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.
  • Ariel Scott, MD, PGY-3, family and community medicine resident, will attend the Taos Writers Retreat, with an ultimate goal to integrate and embed narrative medicine into the current medical education curriculum.