FIMH | Medical Humanities Summer Research Projects | Medical Humanities & Ethics Enrichment Grants | Rochester Academy of Medicine Awards | Creative Excellence Awards

Fellowship in Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Each year, the Division offers a competitive award of one Fellowship in Medical Humanities (FIMH). This one-year fellowship provides medical students the chance to study an area of the Medical Humanities that may interest them considerably, but that cannot be explored adequately within the constraints of the regular curriculum. The program encourages medical students to research aspects of healthcare within George Engel's medical framework—to consider their places and those of their patients in relationship to self, family, community, nation, and biosphere. To do this, students will use materials and methodologies of humanities disciplines, including literature, history, fine arts, theatre, cultural, disabilities and gender studies, or philosophy, ethics, and law.

The fellowship is intended to provide an intellectual opportunity and funding for substantive and innovative humanities-focused projects on medical topics or issues. FIMH hopes to nurture a balance of humanistic and scientific perspectives. The fellowship does not support completion of degree programs at other institutions. The fellowship cannot be deferred from the year in which it is granted.

Fellowship application due date is February 4, 2013.

FIMH Application Materials and instructions
2013 Research Application Cover Sheet

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Medical Humanities Summer Research Student Grants

Co-sponsored by the Student Enrichment Program, the Division offers several summer grants to eligible students with summer research proposals whose topic, objectives and methodology are more appropriate to humanities or social sciences than clinical basic sciences. Contact Adrienne Morgan, for further information and deadlines.

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Rochester Academy of Medicine Awards for Essays on a Medical or Historical Subject

Every year the Rochester Academy of Medicine (RAOM) offers a number of awards from $300 - $750 to medical students, physicians, and other health care professionals for essays on a topic in medicine or medical history. These awards are available in the fields of geriatrics, nursing, adult primary care, trauma and emergency medicine, surgery, occupational medicine, medical history any medical subject. Further information is available on the RAOM website or from Mary Fisher, email:

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Faculty-Staff-Student Creative Excellence Award Contest

Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Human Values in Health Care and the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care.

2012 Creative Excellence Award Winners

We would like to thank everyone who submitted entries and are pleased to announce this year’s winners. Each first-place winner receives a cash prize of $200 and an award plaque. Honorable mention recognition receives a $100 cash prize.

Both written pieces will be added to this website by June 8. They will also be on display along with the quilted wall hanging at the entrance of the Miner Library during the month of June.

Student Award: Pete Capucilli

Winning submission: A story written as a gift to his hometown Rabbi Read the story

Pete Capucilli is a third year medical student at the University of Rochester and a native of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Child Development and Cognitive Studies and spent time in San Francisco and Philadelphia before moving to Rochester. Pete comes from a very artistic family; his mother is a children's book author and his father works in film. As such, he has always been dedicated to the creative arts. Before coming to medical school, he considered accepting an offer to graduate school to study fine arts and photography. In addition to creative writing, Pete is actively involved in music composition. His recent work, a full length original musical entitled "25th Med School Reunion" was performed live at the medical school featuring the vocal talents of several other students.His winning entry was written as a gift to his hometown Rabbi who began each of his stories with the same two words that begin Peter’s story, “A Story.”

Staff Award: Karen W. Frutiger

Winning submission: Quilted wall hanging entitled “Sense of Self”

Karen is an RN who has worked at URMC since 1999. She is the Clinical Coordinator of the University of Rochester Pulmonary Hypertension Program with expertise in the management of PAH and heart failure, use of infused prostacyclins, and coordination of clinical research. In the 1980’s Karen was part of a team that participated in a federal demonstration project for hospice under the leadership of Tim Quill. This experience continues to have tremendous positive influence on how she approaches the care of patients and their families.Recently she wrote an article for the PH Pulse, the PH professional network newsletter on the topic of compassion fatigue. She described her personal experience with compassion fatigue and outlined strategies she uses to maintain a positive outlook as she cares for a group of seriously ill patients with life threatening illness. Art including painting, drawing and quilting continues to be her joyful creative outlet. Karen’s winning entry is a quilted wall hanging entitled “Sense of Self.”

Faculty Award: none this year due to lack of submissions

Honorable Mention: Haleh Van Vliet (formerly Kadivar)

Winning Submission: Poetry about experiences at Holocaust sites Read the poems

Haleh Van Vliet graduated from the URSMD on May 18th, 2012, and is now a first-year resident in the Emergency Medicine Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During the transition between her third and fourth year of medical school, Haleh participated in the Fellowship at Auschwitz for Study of Professional Ethics Medical Program. This two-week program took Haleh and thirteen other medical students from across the United States to New York City, Berlin (Germany), Krakow (Poland), and Oswiecim (Poland) to study the role that physicians played in the implementation of the Holocaust. Her poetry submission is a poignant reflection of that experience.

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Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Noon Conferences

Under the Knife Near the End of Life: Contradiction or Congruity
Presented by Carolyn E. Jones, M.D., Associate Professor, Surgery (Thoracic)
Wed, April 1, 2015, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Room K-207 (2-6408)

Medical Humanities and Bioethics Noon Conferences

No noon conference in April.