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Physician Healer Track (PHT)
For UTMB Medical Students

Augmenting skills in the ‘Art of Medicine’

The Physician Healer Track is designed to mentor students as they develop their professional identity as doctors and healers. The training focuses on self-awareness, self-reflection, interpersonal communication skills, self-care and work-life balance. Being a source of healing for the suffering of another is both a responsibility and a privilege and in addition to our technical knowledge and skills, we need training in equanimity, wisdom and compassion.

Work with clinical faculty during your first 2 years of medical school, likely in your desired area of medicine

  • Monthly small group dinners with faculty (6 students; 2 clinical faculty); dinner is free
  • Same faculty members for first two years and possibly all four years
  • Potential letter of recommendation for residency


Two months’ worth of elective credit towards your fourth year before beginning second year

  • Required Preceptorship in both May and June of your first year
  • Mornings in clinical rotations in your desired specialty (including research possibilities)
  • Three afternoons a week taking courses of 2-3 hours in length
  • Every Friday off along with one other afternoon off


Great faculty members chosen by students and their peers

  Anesthesiology Obstetrics & Gynecology Pediatrics
  Family Medicine Palliative Care/Hospice Psychiatry
  Internal Medicine Pathology Surgery

Fun and valuable assignments

  • Personality Tests and Self Awareness exercises
  • Stress Reduction and Survival Skills
  • Communication and Relationship Skills

Great third and fourth year elective options, consistently popular among students

  • POM 3 & 4 required (monthly dinners with faculty, likely the same ones you have had)
  • Your choice of 1-2 other electives from some popular choices, or create your own
  • Complete your Scholarly Track Project during your required BSHS selective during your fourth year.

For more information or to register: Please email Dr. Cara Geary (cageary@utmb.edu). Track is limited to the first 24 medical students registering.

Dear student,

Thank you for your interest in the Physician Healer Track. On this page you will find detailed information about the track. Please carefully read the requirements and expectations about the Track to make sure it is of interest to you. If you would like to register please visit the registration page. We hope you choose the track and we look forward to hearing from you.



Cara Geary MD, PHD
and the Physician Healer Track Faculty