Components of Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Supervised Project

Must be completed and submitted by February 1 of fourth year.

Students are required to complete a project of their choosing—it can be a medical humanities or bioethics research project, a creative project (visual arts, narrative, film, photography, theatre), or an educational project to develop and teach a Medical Humanities seminar or elective with a faculty co-teacher during fourth year. Students select an advisor/mentor for this project from the Medical Humanities and Ethics faculty or other faculty approved by the Pathway Director.

Students must meet with their advisor to identify areas of interest, learning goals and appropriate activities; identify, research and develop a project in Year 1 and Year 2; and have the mentor sign-off on requirements and plan.

Medical Humanities Seminars and Electives

Year 1 and 2

Three Medical Humanities Seminars by the end of second year (non-Pathway students must complete one seminar in first year and one in second year).

Year 3 and 4

At least four weeks of electives in Medical Humanities or Bioethics (not all four weeks need to be in one elective)

- Clinical Ethics
- Clinical Ethics Research
- Art, Medicine and Literature
- Literature and Medicine
- History of Psychiatry
- The Art of Natural Healing
- Literature and Medicine Healthcare Reform
- Research/Creative projects in Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Attendance at Medical Humanities and/or Bioethics events/activities

(8 – 10 events each year in Year 1 and Year 2; 8 – 10 events total in Years 3 and 4)

Noon Conferences

- Medical Humanities Noon Conferences (second Fri of each month)
- Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Noon Conferences (first Wed of each month)
- Palliative Care Conference (fourth Wed of each month)
- Spiritual Care Conference (fifth Wed of each month)
- Schwartz Center Rounds (third Wed of each month)

Special Interest Groups

- Corner Society for the History of Medicine
- Reader’s Theatre Group

Health and Human Values Annual Grand Rounds Presentations

- Nationally recognized invited speaker (October each year)

Events that integrate healthcare and humanities

- Films, musical presentations, theatrical productions, readings


To track activities and create a portfolio of work, each Pathway student completes a checklist of requirements and activities at the end of academic Years 1 and 2 and at the beginning of Year 4, the mentor signs the form, and the check sheet is submitted.

Deadlines for submitting signed check sheet

Certificate and Dean's Letter

Students who complete all Pathway requirements will receive a Pathway Certificate at graduation and a notation about their Pathway work in their Dean's Letter to Residency Programs. Completion of the Pathway will also be recorded on students' permanent transcript.

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.