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Medical Humanities & Bioethics Pathways

The Medical Humanities and Bioethics Pathways reinforce the biopsychosocial approach to patient-centered, humanistic practices and provides students with the opportunity to develop a project that applies the methods and perspectives from the humanities to their medical education. Students participate in a variety of diverse activities, including ethics, humanities, and arts-based courses and activities; clinical bioethics and research activities, as well as special events and competitive awards.  


  • To provide creative, research and teaching opportunities for students with interest and skills in medical humanities or bioethics.
  • To develop student’s knowledge, skills and attitudes about healthcare,  the theories and practices of medicine and the consequences for patients through the study of humanities perspectives and methods.
  • To reinforce the biospychosocial approach to the patient-centered, humanistic medical practices  through the integration of the humanities with the sciences in the curriculum.


The Pathway program provides medical students with an enriched experience in humanities and clinical ethics throughout their four years of medical school. Students with particular interests in humanities, social medicine, or bioethics have diversified opportunities in a variety of clinical and research activities, as well as special events and competitive awards.

Bioethics Pathway

Jessica C. Shand, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, and Bioethics
Director, Bioethics Pathway
(585) 275-5800

Medical Humanities Pathway

Erik Larsen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Director, Medical Humanities Pathway
(585) 275-5800

Pathway Coordinator

Christine Donnelly
Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Room G-8011
(585) 275-5800

Medical Humanities and Bioethics Pathways Blog