SMD Medical Student Education
SMD Undergraduate Program
We teach Health Humanities & Bioethics to all SMD students throughout the curriculum from Phases 1-4.
In addition, the Department supports students who wish to integrate humanities, arts or ethics with the medical school and build community. We offer a number of opportunities, including an enrichment Pathway program in Health Humanities and in Bioethics, and two Interest Groups. Students can apply for a Year-Out Fellowship in Health Humanities, or Summer Research Fellowships in Health Humanities and Schyve Center Summer Fellowships, too. Writers, poets, dancers, artists can share their work in our literary arts journal, Murmur.
In Phase 1 and 2, we teach required small group Selectives, taught by clinicians, Health Humanities scholars and bioethicists. Instructors apply a biopsychosocial lens to the lives of individual patients, families and communities as a way of "perspective-taking" on the individual patient and family’s experience of illness, using the BPS levels including social, societal cultural, community and environmental perspectives.
Large Group and Smaller Group Activities
Our teaching is integrated into basic science and clinical translation courses to support course content in collaboration with Course Directors.
Individual Sessions in New Meliora in Medicine (MiM)
We are developing new sessions in this longitudinal course across all four years.
Sessions - Required Courses in Phase 3 and 4
We teach in multiple courses and some clerkships.
Pathways Enrichment Programs
Medical Humanities & Bioethics Pathways is a longitudinal 4-year enrichment program started by DMH&B in 2002 for students with interests in humanities, fine arts, performing arts, values -based social science, gender, racial, disabilities, religious studies and ethics. Certificates are awarded at graduation with info in Dean’s letter.
Year Out Fellowship in Medical Humanities
The Health Humanities Year-Out Fellowship and Health Humanities Summer Research Fellowship are available to medical students in the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. The fellowships are administered through the SMD Office of Student Inclusion and Enrichment Programs. These are competitive, paid fellowships sponsored by the Department of Health Humanities and Office of Medical Education. Information regarding the application process is distributed to UR medical students in the Fall.
Summer Research in Medical Humanities
The Health Humanities Summer Research Fellowship supports small, well-designed projects that address a question/issue in healthcare using materials and approaches from the humanities discipline, including literature, history, philosophy, ethics, law, religious studies, gender/disabilities/cultural studies, fine arts, or performing arts. Exceptional projects in social sciences, such as anthropology, will also be considered.
Schyve Center Summer Research in Bioethics
The Schyve Center of Bioethics is the result of an endowment from Dr. Paul Schyve. The Center was named in 2015 and will serve as a Center for coordinating, integrating, and enhancing bioethics education throughout the University of Rochester and the region. As per Dr. Schyve’s wishes, the Center will engage and serve the UR community broadly including URMC, SON, and the River Campus. Learn more about this fellowship on the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics website.
Faculty partner with students to support and mentor student-initiated activities:
- Health Humanities Interest Group
- Bioethics Interest Group (BIG Thoughts)
- Corner Society for the History of Medicine
- Progress Notes - writing group
- Murmur - literary arts journal