Course Description

The Healer’s Art is a medical school curriculum designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine.  The course explores the topic of humanism in medicine using an innovative discovery model and drawing on tested approaches and theories from such fields as humanistic psychology, formational theory and cognitive and Jungian psychology. The UCSF course annually draws more than half of the Year I class.  The Healer’s Art course was featured in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” issue for the 2002 school year as an example of excellence in medical education. In addition to the UCSF experience, the Healer’s Art is now offered at half of the medical schools in the US, and has now been replicated in many other countries around the world as well. The course was first introduced at UVA Medical School in 2004 and has been taken by about 45 to 50 members of the first year class each year.

The Healer’s Art is a process-based curriculum that enables the formation of a community of inquiry between students and faculty. It takes a highly innovative, interactive, and contemplative approach to enabling students to perceive the personal and universal meaning in their daily experience of medicine. Evaluations are uniformly outstanding, and the faculty as well as the students describe the experience of the course as unique in their professional training.

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Feel free to visit the above website for more information on Dr. Remen and the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal.