Membership in the Institute of Medicine (IoM) is becoming a family affair.
Increasingly, members of the same family-husbands and wives, and also parents and their offspring-are being elected to the honor society. Six couples now boast membership. There also are four instances in which a parent and a son or daughter have been elected to the institute. And in one extraordinary case, there's a husband and wife and their daughter.
"Perhaps both nature and nurture helped to shape the offspring," says Karen Hein, IoM's executive director. "As for married couples, I think it could be interpreted as a sign of the times, given the possibilities these days of dual-career marriages with major accomplishments possible for both partners."
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Margaret Hamburg and her parents, Beatrix and David, are all IoM members.