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This one-year MS degree program fosters interdisciplinary collaborative teaching and learning. It is intended for students, trainees, professionals and scholars.

  • Healthcare disciplines (medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work, pastoral care, physician assistants, physical and occupational thereapy and allied health sciences) who want to develop humanities-based knowledge and skills that can be applied to clinical practice
  • Humanities and Social Science disciplines and fields (literature, history, philosophy and ethics, visual arts, anthropology, gender, cultural and religious studies, performing arts, etc.) who want to integrate aspects of medicine and patient care into their academic work and teaching
  • Gap Year students

Our Students

Christian Seiter

Christian_SeiterHometown:  Smithfield, UT

Undergraduate school:  The University of Utah
Degree:  BFA in Acting

Career plans:  In addition to acting, directing, and playwriting, I want to be a professor of medical humanities and theatre.

Fun fact about me:  I played in a World Series of Poker event on my 21st birthday.

About the Program:  I am head over heels in love with this program! It is the perfect model of what multidisciplinary education should be. The professors and students all have different areas of expertise, but we share common goals of improving the way medicine is taught and practiced. The result is a family of people who are diverse, brilliant, passionate, compassionate, and supernaturally generous of spirit. Everyone teaches everyone else, and it is a privilege to be a part of.

Capstone Project:  I taught a series of interactive theatre workshops to fourth-year medical students and first-year residents.  The goal was to use principles of improvisational acting to explore difficult conversations held within a medical context. 

What would you like prospective students to know?  If you are passionate about something, wish to share that passion with others, interested in the medical field, and willing to work your butt off, our program should be at the top of your list. Your experiences and interests will be welcome here, no matter what they are.  

Ebony Allen


Hometown:  St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate School:  Augustana College, IL
Degree:  Major:  Philosophy; Minors: Ethics, Political Science, and adn Women and Gender Studies

Career plans: To work as a health care lawyer and bioethicist for a government agency or work for a medical school and hospital.

Fun fact about me: I love traveling and learning about different cultures.

Why did you choose the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry?  I chose to attend the University of Rochester School of Medicine because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of medicine and all of the actors that play a role within the medical system (i.e. doctors, nurses, medical staff, medical students, insurance companies, patients and the patient’s family). I also chose Rochester because I knew that I would be supported in every way by the faculty within the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Division and that I would be challenged to think.

Capstone Project:
Title: “Lost in Translation: A Physician’s Experience”
Brief Overview: Developed as a qualitative study designed using narrative research, the study used semi-structured open-ended interview questions to explore hospitalists’ experiences with New York’s Family Health Care Decisions Act (2010) at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The purpose was to understand how the experiences of physicians in particular could be used to influence health policy in general and whether physicians’ experiences should and (or) can be used to evaluate the law, amend the law and be used for educational purposes. 

What would you like prospective students to know?  Never stop asking questions, never stop thinking in different ways and select a capstone project that reflects who you are and your passions.