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Pathway Components

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

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 a Medical Humanities seminar or 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.

Medical Humanities Seminars and Electives Requirements

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

- MHU602 Clinical Ethics
- MHU603 Clinical Ethics Research
- MHU615 Independent Creative/Research Projects in Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Attendance at Medical Humanities and/or Bioethics events/activities

Must attend at least 8 events each year in Years 1, 2 and 3/4. 

Bioethics Journal Club
It is the expectation that all students doing a bioethics Pathway project actively participate in the Bioethics Journal Club. 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.

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)

Special Interest Groups

- Corner Society for the History of Medicine

Health and Human Values Annual Grand Rounds

- Nationally recognized invited speaker

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, 2 and 3/4, the mentor and Advisory Dean signs the form, and the check sheet is submitted to the Pathway Coordinator, Christine Donnelly, who obtains 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.