Humanistic Elective in Activism,

Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM)

March 31 – April 26, 2019
Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

It is only with the heart that one can see clearly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes….

The Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM), will provide twenty-five (25) fourth-year medical students with a unique and rewarding way to conclude their medical school careers and prepare for their future work as healer-physicians. Applicants should have a strong interest in exploring the path of healing within the modern world and medical system. The month-long elective will be structured as a group exploration of what it means to be a healer and how we can each work to embody it as we progress in our careers.

Students will spend the month in a cooperative living and learning environment. We will create a community focused around the exploration of the healing path. We will cook and clean together, teach and learn from each other. At the same time, we will be expanding our knowledge on a number of important topics not typically emphasized in medical school curricula. Ample time will be available for reflection and self-care.

Didactic and experiential sessions will be facilitated by inspiring physician mentors and other experts. Specific sessions will be focused on intentional community building, complementary and alternative/holistic and integrative medicine, social justice and activism, reflective transformation including meditative practices, and personal growth skills such as communication and intention. Any clinical site visits will demonstrate ways to incorporate social justice and patient advocacy into clinical care.

Formal and informal dialogue throughout the month may include the following topics: physician social responsibility and activism, racism, humanism, gender in medicine, health policy, mentoring, the practice of CAM, medical history, death and dying, suffering and compassion, healing through the creative arts, sexuality, body image, violence, substance abuse, childbirth, religion, self-care, and more.

We hope the experience will cultivate each participant’s vision of what it means to be a healer, as well as the motivation to strive for it. The planning team for HEART is currently working on fundraising and logistical planning for this unique experience. We welcome your support and suggestions. To contribute to this effort, please contact the HEART-IM Student Leadership Team at heart@amsa.org.

Meet the Planning Committee

HEART-IM is powered by a group of students, faculty, and AMSA staff. Meet the leaders who make this elective a possibility.

Plus, the 2020 Planning Committee application is now open! Click here to apply.

Support HEART-IM

HEART-IM is an AMSA student project funded by student tuition and donations. If you would like to make a donation to support HEART-IM please visit the AMSA Donation Page and select “Make a Donation.” Thank you for your support!

Registration to attend is $1000 for AMSA members and $1100 for non-members. This covers all major expenses for the month, including housing, meals, snacks, lectures, evening on-site activities, and local transportation for official activities. Students pay their own way to the designated airport, and transportation is provided from there. Some weekends will be free, with optional scheduled activities each weekend. Additional tuition fees will be paid directly to the University of New Mexico.

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing via email to heart@amsa.org by January 1, 2019, for consideration.   Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations after January 1, 2019, are not refundable. Partial refunds – registration amount minus 10% processing fee –  will be considered only if AMSA is able to fill your spot.  If you would like to transfer your registration to another person to attend this event, please email heart@amsa.org to allow facilitation of the new registration. In the event that AMSA should need to cancel an event or shift the date/location of an event for any reason, all paid registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or applying registration fees to a future HEART-IM event. All refunds will be processed within 10-14 business days. AMSA is not responsible for any transportation (airfare, train, taxi, etc.), lodging or other costs incurred by attendees.

Each individual attending and/or participating in this program/event assumes all risks associated with his/her attendance and participation in all on- and off-site activities that occur during this time. By registering you agree to indemnify and hold  harmless AMSA and its governing bodies, officers and employees from all loss, damage or liability arising out of or related to your attendance and/or participation at this program/event.

AMSA has official photographers and videographers for their meetings and events. Photos, videos, and audio taken may be used, without compensation, in future marketing, publicity, promotions, advertising and training activities for AMSA. By registering for this event, you agree to allow AMSA to use the photographs, video and audio-which may include you-in all media formats worldwide.

By registering for this event, you acknowledge that your email address may be included on attendee lists made available to AMSA’s Exhibitors and Sponsors for this event. You will only receive email regarding this event and only during the time-frame leading up to the event.