Bioethics Pathway Components
Medical Humanities Pathway Components
Each Pathway student works with an advisor/mentor who oversees their Pathway progress and advises them on their final Pathway project. The student selects a mentor from the Medical Humanities and Bioethics faculty, or other faculty approved by the Pathway Director.
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 (develop and teach an elective with a faculty co-teacher during fourth year).
In Year 1 and 2, students must meet with their advisor to identify areas of interest, learning goals and appropriate activities; identify, research and develop a project. A two page Project Proposal is due by June 30 in Year 3. Completed Projects must be submitted by February 1 in Year 4.
Year 1 and 2
- In Year 1, attend three two-hour Medical Humanities Master’s Seminars in the Spring Semester, read at least one of the required readings (other readings are optional), and participate in discussions.
- In Year 2, attend three two-hour Medical Humanities Master’s Seminars in the Fall Semester, read at least one of the required readings (other readings are optional), and participate in discussions.
- In Year 2, Bioethics Pathway students must attend one URMC Ethics Committee Meeting and present one case discussed to the Bioethics Interest Group. (Must arrange with Dr. Shaw.)
- Planning with Mentor to:
- Identify interests, learning goals and appropriate activities
- Identify, research and develop a project
- Sign-off by mentor and Advisory Dean on requirements and plan
Year 3 and 4
- Continue working on and developing Pathway Project together with mentor.
- Bioethics Pathway students must take at least two weeks of elective MHU602 Clinical Ethics. Optional to take two weeks of MHU603 Clinical Ethics Research Project.
- Medical Humanities Pathway students may take up to four weeks of elective MHU615 Independent Creative/Research Projects in Medical Humanities and Bioethics to work on their Pathway Project.
Attendance at Medical Humanities and/or Bioethics events/activities
Must attend at least 8 events each year in Years 1, 2 and 3/4. Within 48 hours of attending an event or activity, submit to Pathway Director via email, in tweet format, a summary and/or image of the event or activity you atttended. Submissions may be used for Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, or web page).
Bioethics Interest Group
It is the expectation that all students doing the Bioethics Pathway actively participate in the Bioethics Interest Group (BIG). We understand that students may have conflicts, prohibiting perfect attendance. Each meeting attended counts toward the required annual activities. Regular attendance and active participation are important.
Medical Humanities Interest Group
It is the expectation that all students doing the Medical Humanities Pathway actively participate in the Medical Humanities Interest Group. We understand that students may have conflicts, prohibiting perfect attendance. Each meeting attended counts toward the required annual activities. Regular attendance and active participation are important.
- Medical Humanities Noon Conferences (second Fri of each month)
- Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Noon Conferences (first Wed of each month)
- Schwartz Center Rounds (third Wed of each month)
- Palliative Care Conference (fourth Wed of each month)
- Spiritual Care Conference (fifth Wed of each month)
Special Interest Groups
- Corner Society for the History of Medicine
- murmur, a literary and arts journal published annually and led by medical students
- Progress Notes, a reflective writing group led by medical students
Community Engagement Activities (sign-up required)
- Art & Observation Program
- Alzheimer's disease related programs at the Memorial Art Gallery
- Vision Loss related programs at the Memorial Art Gallery
Events that integrate healthcare and humanities
- Films, musical presentations, theatrical productions, readings
- Other groups or activities identified by student's mentor
The portfolio is intended to both record the student’s Pathway activities and create space for reflection. The portfolio will include all the student’s tweets, podcasts, potential journaling reflections, project development and completion, and the checklists of annual requirements and activities. Bioethics Pathway students must review their portfolio with Dr. Shaw annually.
To track activities, each Pathway student completes a check sheet of requirements and activities in years 1, 2 and 3/4. The student’s mentor and Advisory Dean signs the form, and the check sheet is submitted to the Pathway Coordinator who will obtain the Pathway Director’s signature.
Deadlines for submitting signed check sheet
Failure to meet Pathway deadlines will result in the student being withdrawn from the Pathway.
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.