Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Oral Histories - We Need YOUR Help!

One of the projects that's been in the queue for a long time is collecting oral histories of our members and boards. 
With the death of our good friend, MedChi member, board member and historian, Thomas E. Hunt, Jr. MD, late last year, we realized that we needed to move on this project sooner rather than later. 

I often think of the person who will be doing my job in 50 years, and think about the person who had my job 50 years ago. I think about the fact that we're in a "digital dark age" because our technologies change so quickly, that the system that we love today might not work in five years. In fact, some of our videos and files on the computer from just a decade ago are no longer accessible.

But, in most cases, paper endures. I can hunt up oral histories which have been transcribed onto paper, from physicians who practiced in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

If you are interested in being interviewed, either here at MedChi's offices, or at your home, please let me know. You can e-mail me here. Ideally, the interview should take about an hour or two. We are developing a list of general questions we will be asking everyone, and then there will be specific questions pertaining to your role at MedChi or your practice.

Thanks so much for your interest!

Meg Fairfax Fielding
History of Maryland Medicine