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Pathway Components

Bioethics Pathway Components

Medical Humanities Pathway Components

Applications

Pathway Mentor

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.

Supervised Project

Bioethics Pathway
Students are required to complete a Pathway project of their choosing.  Pathway projects can focus on visual arts, literature, narrative, film, music, gender and women's studies, cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy, history or theatre. Project may take a variety of forms, including (in no particular order) a scholarly paper, a research paper, a book of poems, a play, a collection of short stories, drawings, fabric designs, a musical production, an educational module, a blog, a wiki, etc.

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.  In Year 3 and Year 4, students must meet with their Pathway Project mentor to review progress on their Project. 

Medical Humanities Pathway
Students are required to complete a Pathway project of their choosing.  Pathway projects can focus on visual arts, literature, narrative, film, music, gender and women's studies, cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy, history or theatre. 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.  In Year 3 and Year 4, students must meet with their Pathway Project mentor to review progress on their Project. 

Year 1 and 2

  • In Year 1, attend one Medical Humanities Pathway Seminar course in the Spring Semester.
  • In Year 2, attend one Medical Humanities Pathway Seminar course in the Fall Semester.
  • 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.
  • 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 events or activities, submit to the Pathways WordPress Website as a written brief summary, with or without an image, of the event or activity you attended.  Submissions may be used for Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, or web page).

Bioethics Interest Group
Regular attendance and active participation in the Bioethics Interest Group is expected.  Each meeting attended counts toward the required eight (8) annual activities. 

Medical Humanities Interest Group
Regular attendance and active participation in the Medical Humanities Interest Group is expected.  Each meeting attended counts toward the required eight (8) annual activities.  (This group is under development.  Information will be disseminated in the coming months.)

Noon Conferences

  • 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)

Additional 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

Medical Humanities Pathway - Potential 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
  • Opportunities for arts and humanities based community activities through The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED)

Events that integrate healthcare and humanities

  • Films, musical presentations, theatrical productions, readings
  • Other groups or activities identified by student's mentor

Submit Summary/Image of Events and Activities

Within 48 hours of attending events or activities, submit to the Pathways WordPress Website as a written brief summary, with or without an image, of the event or activity you attended. Details about how to submit posts will be released soon.

Portfolio

To track activities and create a portfolio of work, each Pathway student completes a checklist of requirements and activities in year 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 

Year 1
Nov 16 – Preliminary application due
Prior to April 1 - Pathway coursework, extracurricular activities and preliminary project plans reviewed with mentor
May 17 – Year 1 check sheet due

Year 2
Nov 16 – Formal application due
Feb 1 – Acceptance letter received
May 17 – Year 2 check sheet due

Year 3
June 30 – Two page project proposal due 

Year 4
Oct 15 – Pathway Project progress check sheet due
Feb 1 – Year 3/4 check sheet due
Feb 1 – Completed pathway project due

NOTE:  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 Certificate in the Pathway Program at graduation and a notation about their Pathway work in their Dean’s letter to residency programs.