If interested in the PHC Concentration, attend the attached mandatory orientation on July 26, 2023, in HEC 3.201 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
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Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration
Augmenting skills in the ‘Art of Medicine’

The Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration 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 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
  • Clinical shadowing
  • 4 longitudinal courses, each session 2-4 hours long, over a 7 week period
  • 10 days off at the end of the preceptorship prior at start of 2nd year
  • Weekend retreat in 2nd month of preceptorship

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 Concentration Project during your required BSHS selective during your fourth year.

Dear student,

Thank you for your interest in the Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration. On this page you will find detailed information. Please carefully read the requirements and expectations of the Concentration to make sure it is of interest to you. We hope you choose the Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration, and we look forward to hearing from you.



Cara Geary MD, PHD
Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration Director and Faculty