A four-week paid summer externship in Family Medicine in honor of:
Ethel Platt, M.D. December 27, 1916 - December 29, 2007
David Platt, M.D. September 14, 1914 - February 3, 2008
Supported through funding from the AAFP Foundation and DAFP Research and Education Foundation
About the Fellowship
The David and Ethel Platt Family Physicians Summer Fellowship was established in the name of two exemplary family physicians to help create a way to excite first- and second-year medical students about family medicine and hopefully inspiring them to pursue a career as a family physician in the state of Delaware.
Fellowships are offered each year for a four-week externship program where the chosen student will spend a week with various family physicians in Delaware. Most four-week cycles are during summer vacations, but other arrangements can be made as requested.
A stipend of $2,500 is given to participants.
Over 60 students have participated in the Platt Summer Fellowship Program since its inception, and several have returned to Delaware for Family Medicine residency training or to practice in Delaware.
The Platt Summer Fellowship is under the direction of the President of the DAFP Research and Education Foundation.
Interested in Applying?
The 2021 Fellowship positions are now open for application. Eligible applicants are 1st or 2nd year medical students enrolled in an American or U.S territory allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
A completed application packet includes a completed application form, two essay questions and two letters of recommendation.
Completed packets should be emailed to DAFP@delfamdoc.org.. The submission deadline for all applicants is May 10, 2021.
Download the 2021 Platt Summer Fellowship Application.
Ethel Platt, M.D.
December 27, 1916-December 29, 2007
David Platt, M.D.
September 14, 1914-February 3, 2008
About the Platts
The David and Ethel Platt Family Physicians Summer Fellowship was established in the name of two exemplary family physicians to help create a way to excite first and second year medical students about family medicine.
David and Ethel Platt practiced family medicine in Wilmington from 1941 to 1989. The Platts’ practice, now Family Practice Associates, provided obstetric, pediatric and adult care to a diverse population and was among the first in Wilmington to accept Medicaid patients.
After retirement the Platts remained active promoting community health, at the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong Learning and in an outreach program they organized to give health talks to students in Delaware’s public schools. Dr. David Platt also served at the Claymont Clinic and was the author of many articles, editorials and book reviews for the Delaware Medical Journal. The August 2007 issue of the Journal included “A Tribute to David Platt, M.D.”
At a retirement dinner for the Platts in 1989, the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians announced the establishment of the David and Ethel Platt Family Physicians Summer Fellowship to promote interest in family medicine.
Donations to the Platt Fellowship
Donations can be made to the:
David and Ethel Platt Summer Fellowship
c/o Delaware Academy of Family Physicians
224 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608