Medical Humanities & Ethics Certificate Program

Students of the Certificate Program
Small-group discussion among Certificate Program students
Photograph courtesy of Andrew Kirkpatrick

Since 2007, UTHealth has offered students the opportunity to enrich their medical humanities education through participation in elective courses, lecture series, volunteer opportunities, writing workshops, and directed research programs. Our unique certificate program encompasses all four years of medical school and confers a special transcript and dean recognition upon graduation.

How Our Program is Different

Many medical schools have electives and special service learning activities designed to enhance students' medical training. Few, if any, have a certificate program that encompasses all four years of medical training with structured programs and learning opportunities that allow students to reflect, share, and work together to enhance their individual and collective capacities to see and care for the patient, not simply the disease. Students completing this program receive special designation on their permanent transcript, in their Dean's letter, and at graduation as a John P. McGovern Humanities Scholar. They will also have the opportunity to present research papers at various venues in the Texas Medical Center and at national meetings.

Program Goals

Guiding Principles

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