The Healer's Art

The Healer’s Art is an innovative discovery model course in values clarification and professionalism for first- and second-year medical students. UVA is one of more than 90 U.S. medical schools that offers the course annually. The course provides innovative tools, practices and resources to enable health professionals to sustain their service values, their humanity and their passion for their work.


Course Founder

The Healer’s Art was designed in 1991 by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., and offers a safe learning environment for a personal in-depth exploration of the time-honored values of service, healing relationship, reverence for life and compassionate care.

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Commonweal Cancer Help Program

The Commonweal Cancer Help Program (CCHP) is a week-long retreat for people with cancer. The goal is to help participants live better and, where possible, longer lives. CCHP addresses the unmet needs of people with cancer.