Elective Course in Wellness

First year medical students are offered an elective course called the “The Healer’s Art Elective: Remembering the Heart of Medicine.” 

Course Description: This groundbreaking elective (originally developed by Rachel Remen, MD at UCSF) is being taught at over 70 medical schools in 8 countries. Four sessions meet in the evenings to accommodate students from all four years. Sessions include the following topics:

  • Nurturing Your Wholeness
  • Sharing Grief and Honoring Loss
  • Allowing Awe and Mystery
  • Care of the Soul

Course Goals

  • To help medical students and faculty recognize, value, enhance and preserve the human dimension in health care;
  • To enable students and faculty to experience the core values of the Hippocratic Oath as a way of life – including compassion, service, harmlessness, reverence for life, and covenant;
  • To enable students and faculty to experience a collegial relationship that exemplifies “primum non nocere” (first, do no harm);
  • To recognize the potential for a harmless relationship between professionals that is non-judgmental, non-competitive and that offers unique support and healing.

The Course uses a “discovery” model that encourages honest and mutually respectful sharing of experience, beliefs, values, and personal truths. Faculty members participate as fellow human beings, not as experts – they are essentially taking the course along with the students. One former medical student said, “I see people from the Healer's Art course all the time in elevators, corridors, classes and on rotations. Whenever I see anyone from the course, I know that the values I carry in my heart are true.”

Enrollment: You will receive information in the spring semester from Student Affairs about how to enroll in this elective.