Medical Humanities Scholars Program

An Online Learning Community and Course (October 2015 – April 2016)


Registration Deadline: September 14, 2015.

Program Description

The Medical Humanities Scholars Program is a learning experience that utilizes conference calls to provide medical students with the opportunity to consider how medicine, disease, and physicians are viewed, and to write and reflect on the intersections between these arenas.

Learning Objectives
  • Articulate how the humanities enrich and lend perspective to the medical field
  • Integrate experiences from this program (e.g. books read, prose/poetry written, discussions had) into their practice/thinking of medicine
  • Cogently discuss, write, and/or otherwise express views, feelings, and thoughts on the practice of medicine/experiences with patients utilizing the humanities
  • Successfully explore issues of debate within medicine from an ethical and humanistic perspective
  • Carry out a medical education project in the medical humanities at home institution
  • Acknowledge the human experience in the processes of healing and dying
  • View the practice of medicine as integration between science and humanities
Potential Topics
  • The Art of Medicine
  • Medicine and Poetry
  • Writing for your health–Expressive Writing as a Coping Tool
  • The Physician as Storyteller
  • Physician burnout and wellness
Tentative Schedule
  • Program begins in October and runs through March.
  • Online seminars twice a month.
  • Specifics TBA.
Participant Expectations
  • Maintain attendance (attendance is critical due to the small number of scholars and calls)
  • Read the selected readings ahead of the call
  • Participate in conference calls, in discussion, and in writing exercises while on the call
  • Sponsor an event or project at your school that highlights medical humanities, with an identified mentor or faculty advisor and sustainable plan to continue or expand the project
  • Present your project as a poster at AMSA’s National Convention (March 31-April 3; while attendance is not mandatory it is highly recommended).
Program Registration Fees
AMSA Student Member $40
Non-Member $140*

* Non-member fee includes AMSA membership, if applicable

For More Information, Contact

Alison Case, MD, Education and Advocacy Fellow, AMSA
Jafeen Ilmudeen, Scholars Program Coordinator
Nikisha Skeete, Scholars Program Coordinator