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									Certificate in Medical Humanities and Ethics
Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Requirements for the Graduating Class of 2015


Overview
The School of Medicine through the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program offers a
Certificate (“The Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate”) for students enrolled in the School
of Medicine who have demonstrated a substantive concentration in Medical Humanities
through course work, participation in the Medical Humanities community, a substantial written
project, and relevant volunteer work experience. The award of the Medical Humanities and
Ethics Certificate is noted on the student’s final transcript.


Certificate Program Requirements
As part of the requirements for the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate, course work will
include two required Blue Book courses sponsored by the McGovern Center, Introduction to
Medical Humanities in the Fall of the student’s second year, and one fourth-year elective
course in addition to a research project to be completed by February 28 of the student’s MS4
year. As detailed below, admission to the Certificate Program is through application only and
must be approved by the current director of the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate
Program (or his or her designee) (“The Director”).


Number of Students
For the Class of 2015 no more than 30 students may be enrolled in the Medical Humanities and
Ethics Certificate Program at any one time.


Admission to the Certificate Program
In order to make best use of the resources available, admission to the Medical Humanities and
Ethics Certificate Program is at the discretion of the Director. Students may apply either at the
beginning of their first year (by September 20) or by December 31 of their first academic
semester in their first year. Late applicants will be considered through January 20 of the second
academic semester of the first year. Students wishing to gain admittance to the Certificate

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Program are encouraged to attend the Introduction to Medical Humanities blue book course
during their first semester of medical school. Students who apply to the Program after the first
semester who have not taken and passed the Introduction to Medical Humanities course may
be considered for inclusion in the program if space permits.

Students must submit an application for admittance to the Program. The Director will accept
applications to the program on September 20 (round one), December 31 (round two), and
January 20 (round three). The application must include a short written statement of why the
student wishes to pursue the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate, a resume, and, if
applying after December 1 of the first year, the name of one current faculty reference.
Applicants will also be asked to complete a pre-survey to be submitted at the time of their
interview. All applicants will be interviewed by a member of the McGovern Center faculty.
Matriculation into the program will occur on February 1 of the student’s MS1 year.

Each student admitted into the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program will be
assigned a contact person at the completion of the Humanities Summer Seminar, prior to the
start of their second academic year. The student will be responsible for keeping track of his or
her own progress towards meeting the requirements of the certificate, thus it is strongly
suggested that all students maintain a portfolio of his/her progress in achieving program
requirements. The student may consult with the Program Director to change to a different
contact person, if desired. The change is subject to approval at the discretion of the Director.

Required Courses
All students may complete Introduction to the Medical Humanities I and II during the fall
semester of their MS1 and MS2 years, respectively. Attendance at the Introduction to the
Medical Humanities course is encouraged, but not required in the student’s first year; it is,
however, required in the student’s second year. Upon satisfactory completion of all first-year
medical school courses, students in the Program will participate in a Summer Humanities
Seminar. Students will also attend a writing workship in their MS3 year and, in their MS4 year,
will take the elective, Humanistic Elements of Medicine. In order to build a community of
scholars, the Program will host various sponsored events, such as Grand Rounds in Clinical
Ethics and other social activities or events. Students are required to attend 5 of these programs
in each of their four medical school years.

A. Core Courses

      Introduction to Medical Humanities I (Encouraged, but not required in MS1 year);
      Humanities Summer Seminar (MSI Summer);
      Introduction to Medical Humanities II (Fall of MS2 year);
      Two McGovern Center-sponsored blue book electives (During MS1 and MS2 years);
      Humanistic Elements of Medicine (October or February of MS4 year); and
      Student Medical Humanities and Ethics Symposium (Spring of MS4 year).

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B. Required Program Activities and Events

      Attend 5 Certificate Program Activities and Events in each MS year (these are to be
       selected from Grand Rounds in Clinical Ethics, Poetry or Film Nights, Book Clubs, and
       other social activities or events)

The Program Director retains the authority to add relevant new courses to the list of electives
which become available after the approval of this program as well as to remove courses. If a
course is removed, those students who received credit for the course while it was still in the
Program will be able to count the course as part of their completion of the Certificate.


Good Academic Standing Requirement
The student must maintain good standing with the Medical School in all courses to remain in
the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program.


Volunteer Requirement
Because the goal of the Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program is to prepare
students for the humanistic practice of medicine in a health care setting, no student may
receive the Certificate without practical volunteer experience. Students seeking the certificate
in Medical Humanities are expected to be active leaders in the activities of the Medical
Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program and in the Medical School. The volunteer experience
may be either through the Medical School’s volunteer opportunities or an activity or experience
approved in advance by the Director.

The Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program will sponsor informal events for
students in the Program which may afford opportunity for individual students to participate in
volunteer organizing and leadership activities. Students are required to participate in at least
one substantial volunteer activity by the end of their MS2 year. In order to receive credit,
student must submit a one-page summary of his/her volunteer experience.


Writing Requirement
Students seeking the Certificate will be expected to demonstrate reflection and an interest in
sustaining self-knowledge sufficient to promote their own growth as humanistic physicians. In
the first and second years of medical school, students will be required to write a paper
reflecting on a topic presented in one of the required courses, activities, or events. This paper
must be a minimum of two pages in length, double-spaced, and in twelve-point font with one-

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inch margins; no footnotes are required. Students must submit this paper at the end of the
Spring of both MS1 and MS2 years.

During the third year of medical school, students are required to keep a journal of personal
reflections on their own experiences and feelings during each clinical rotation. Students must
attend a writing workshop aimed at developing and refining their writing skills.

Students seeking the certificate in Medical Humanities and Ethics must (1) complete a scholarly
research paper on a subject related to the Medical Humanities or Ethics, or (2) produce a
substantial work of interpretive content under the direction of a member of the McGovern
Center’s faculty. This paper must be a minimum of 20 pages in length, double-spaced, and in
twelve-point font with one-inch margins. The paper must include footnotes, which are in
addition to and do not change the page length requirements. The paper must include citations
to at least one journal outside the fields of medicine or public health.

The paper must be certified by the Director as suitable for the Student Medical Humanities and
Ethics Symposium and must also be suitable for submission to a Humanities, Law, Medicine or
Health Policy Journal (publication is not required).

Students should consult with the Director early in the process if they have any questions. The
paper must be presented at the Student Medical Humanities Symposium or other public setting
in the spring semester of the student’s fourth year. It must be completed no later than the end
of February of the semester before the student plans to graduate. If a student plans to be
absent in the spring semester of the final year, he or she must make plans to complete the
paper and present it at the Student Medical Humanities Symposium for graduation unless he or
she receives a specific waiver from the Director.

Make-Up Credit

In the event a student is unable to meet the stated program requirements, make-up credit may
be obtained for each event missed by successfully completing a make-up assignment. To
replace a missing event, students must complete a two-page, single-spaced paper (1,000
words) on an assigned reading; the assigned reading will relate to the missed event. “Missed
event” refers to Program-sponsored activities and events, such as Grand Rounds in Clinical
Ethics, Dinner Lectures, Special Lectures, etc. The deadline for make-up work is one month
after notification of the deficiency.


Completion of the Program
Before the period for course registration is closed in the semester in which the student intends
to graduate, he or she must submit a report to the Director indicating how he or she has met


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the requirements of the Certificate. This report will be completed as an assignment in the
required fourth-year elective, Humanistic Elements of Medicine.

No student may receive the Certificate without the approval of the Director, and the Director
retains the discretion to drop a student from the Certificate Program for failure to comply with
any of the requirements or for other good cause. The Director shall also have authority to
modify, waive or reconfigure the Program Requirements where necessary to promote equity
and fairness in the event of unforeseen complications or exigent circumstances.

For more information: Please contact Interim Program Director, Nathan Carlin, Ph.D., at
Nathan.Carlin@uth.tmc.edu.




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                                       Program Calendar, Fall 2011

   Date             Time         Program                      Information                    Location           Credit
                                                  Students must attend at least 4
                                                  sessions in order to receive blue book
  August 24                    Blue Book
                                                  credit.
  August 31                    Elective
                                                                                                                   
September 14   12:00-1:00 pm   Street Medicine:                                              MSB B.605
                                                  To register, or for more information,                        Blue Book
 October 19                    Healthcare for
                                                  contact: Erica.L.Farber@uth.tmc.edu
 November 9                    the Homeless
                                                  or Melanie.M.Pickett@uth.tmc.edu.

  August 25
 September 8                                      Students must attend at least 6
                               Blue Book
September 29                                      sessions in order to receive blue book
                               Elective                                                      MSB 2.006
  October 13                                      credit.                                                          
               12:00-1:00 pm   Introduction to                                             except for Oct.
  October 20                                                                                                   Blue Book
                               Medical                                                     20 (MSB 3.001)
November 10                                       Register by emailing
                               Humanities
November 17                                       Angela.Polczynski@uth.tmc.edu
November 29

                               Blue Book          Students must attend all 3 sessions in    Museum of
 September 1
                               Elective           order to receive blue book credit.         Fine Arts –           
 September 8   5:30-7:30 pm
                               Art of                                                         Houston,         Blue Book
September 15
                               Observation        Please note: This elective is full.      1001 Bissonett



                                                  Students interested in applying to
                                                                                                                  
                                                  Medical Humanities & Ethics
September 6    4:30-5:30 pm    MSI Orientation                                                 JJL 405            MSI
                                                  Certificate Program are encouraged
                                                                                                              Orientation
                                                  to attend this orientation session.


                                                  Students must attend at least 6
                                                  sessions in order to receive blue book
September 7                    Blue Book
                                                  credit. This series continues through      Onstead
 October 5                     Elective                                                                            
               12:00-1:00 pm                      Spring.                                   Auditorium,
November 2                     History of                                                                      Blue Book
                                                                                           BSRB Building
December 7                     Medicine
                                                  Register by emailing
                                                  Angela.Polczynski@uth.tmc.edu
 September 7
September 14
September 21                                      All lectures will be recorded and
September 28   12:00-1:00 pm                      streamed online,
  October 5                                       Students must attend at least 7
                               Blue Book
  October 12   Except                             sessions in order to receive blue
                               Elective                                                                            
  October 19   December 5,                        book credit. This series continues       Varies by date
                               Healing by                                                                      Blue Book
  October 26   which will be                      through Spring.
                               Killing
 November 2    held in the
 November 9    evening                            Register by emailing
November 16                                       Angela.Polczynski@uth.tmc.edu
November 30
 December 5


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                                     Activities and Events, Fall 2011
                           Students must attend at least 5 Activities/Events per year



   Date           Time             Event                     Information                     Location       Credit
                                                 First-year students interested in
                                                 applying for the Medical Humanities
                               MSI Student                                                                    
September 9      5:00 pm                         & Ethics Certificate Program are              TBD
                               Open House                                                                    Event
                                                 invited to attend an Open-House
                                                 event.
                                                 HAM-TMC Library and the
                                                 McGovern Center are sponsoring a
                               Health Care       panel for the 2011 Medical Ethics                            
September 21   12:00-1:30 pm                     Series. For more information, visit         MSB 3.001
                               Reform Panel                                                                  Event
                                                 our website.
                                                 www.uth.tmc.edu/hhhs/news/2011/aug11.html




                                                 Dr. Ken Pargament will present,                              
 October 20    12:00-1:00 pm   Special Lecture                                               MSB 3.001
                                                 “Religion, Spirituality, and Health”.                       Event




                  Note: Additional programs will be added and announced in the Spring.




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                                      Blue Book Electives, Fall 2011
                                Street Medicine: Healthcare for the Homeless
                       Students must attend 4 sessions in order to receive blue book credit.
               To register, contact Erica.L.Farber@uth.tmc.edu or Melanie.M.Pickett@uth.tmc.edu


   Date             Time                                   Speaker/Topic                               Location
Wednesday,                          Connie Boyd, President and CEO, Coalition for the Homeless -
                12:00-1:00 pm                                                                          MSB B.605
 August 24                          Issues of Homelessness in Houston

                                    Andrea Link, M.D., Former Pediatrician, Texas Children’s
Wednesday,
                12:00-1:00 pm       Hospital; Case Manager, Healthcare for the Homeless -              MSB B.605
 August 31
                                    Community Resources for the Homeless

 Wednesday,                         Joseph Benson, SEARCH Homeless Services -
                12:00-1:00 pm                                                                          MSB B.605
September 14                        Faces of the Homeless

                                    David Buck, M.D., M.P.H., Assoc. Professor, Baylor College of
Wednesday,
                12:00-1:00 pm       Medicine; President, Healthcare for the Homeless Houston –         MSB B.605
November 9
                                    Medical Treatment for the Homeless
                                    Andrew Harper, M.D., Assoc. Professor, UT Medical School;
Wednesday,
                12:00-1:00 pm       Medical Director, UT Harris County Psychiatric Center –            MSB B.605
November 16
                                    The Revolving Door: Mental Health & Substance Abuse




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                                          Introduction to Medical Humanities
                                      Students must attend 6 sessions to receive credit
              MSII students currently enrolled in the Certificate Program are required to complete this elective.
                                    To register, contact Angela.Polczynski@uth.tmc.edu


   Date                   Time                                     Speaker/Topic                                    Location

 Thursday,                                Nathan Carlin, Ph.D. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
 August 25                                What is “Medical Humanities”?



 Thursday,                                Thomas Cole, Ph.D. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
September 8                               The Doctor-Patient Relationship: A History



  Thursday,                               Nathan Carlin, Ph.D. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
September 29                              The Goals of Medicine: Philosophical Considerations



 Thursday,                                Rebecca Lunstroth, J.D., M.A. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
 October 13                               Women, Gender, and Medicine: Political Considerations



 Thursday,                                Ken Pargament, Ph.D. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 3.001
 October 20                               Religion, Spirituality, and Health



 Thursday,                                Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
November 10                               Reader’s Theater: “Stoneface”



 Thursday,                                Jeffrey Spike, Ph.D. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
November 17                               Dax’s Case



 Thursday,                                Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D. -
                     12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                  MSB 2.006
November 29                               Happiness




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                                             Art of Observation
                              Students must attend all 3 sessions to receive credit
                               To register, contact studentprograms@mfah.org


   Date           Time                                    Speaker/Topic                              Location

                                   Lauren Fretz and George Ramirez, Museum of Fine Arts,
 Thursday,
               5:30-7:30 pm        Houston –
September 1
                                   What is Observation?



                                   Lauren Fretz and George Ramirez, with Dr. Eugene Boisaubin,     Museum Fine
 Thursday,
               5:30-7:30 pm        UT Medical School –                                             Arts, Houston
September 8
                                   How to Communicate Our Observations to Others                   1001 Bissonett



                                   Lauren Fretz and George Ramirez, with Dr. John Foringer, UT
  Thursday,                        Medical School –
               5:30-7:30 pm
September 15                       Using Visual Evidence to Come to a Range of Possible
                                   Interpretations and Decisions




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                                                 History of Medicine
                                    Students must attend 6 sessions to receive credit
                                   To register, contact angela.polczynski@uth.tmc.edu


   Date                Time                                   Speaker/Topic                                   Location

                                       Ronald L. Young, M.D., Director, Division of Gynecology, Baylor
Wednesday,                                                                                                    Onstead
                   12:00-1:00 pm       College of Medicine -
September 7                                                                                                  Auditorium
                                       Obstetrical Forceps: History, Mystery, and Mortality



                                       Liliana Rodriguez, Dr.P.H., UTHealth Program in Gene-
Wednesday,                                                                                                    Onstead
                   12:00-1:00 pm       Environment Interaction -
 October 5                                                                                                   Auditorium
                                       Aztec Medicine


                                       Emily Freireich, M.D., Director, Adult Leukemia Research
                                       Program, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital
Wednesday,                                                                                                    Onstead
                   12:00-1:00 pm       –
November 2                                                                                                   Auditorium
                                       The Road to the Development for Curative Therapy for System
                                       (Metastatic) Malignancy


                                       Gary Eknoyan, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine -
Wednesday,                                                                                                    Onstead
                   12:00-1:00 pm       Jean-Martin Charcot: Neurologist by Avocation, Nephrologist by
December 7                                                                                                   Auditorium
                                       Yearning




          Note: History of Medicine continues through Spring. Lectures will be held on January 4, February 1,
                                      February 21, March 7, April 4, and May 2




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                                             Healing by Killing
                           Students must attend or watch online all sessions and
                          participate in online discussion in order to receive credit
                            To register, contact angela.polczynski@uth.tmc.edu


   Date           Time                                    Speaker/Topic                                 Location
Wednesday,                       Jeffrey Spike, Ph.D., Professor, UT Medical School –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
September 7                      Introduction to Bioethics
                                 Cathy Rozmus, R.N., D.S.N., Professor and Associate Dean for
 Wednesday,
               12:00-1:00 pm     Academic Affairs, UT School of Nursing –                                SON 320
September 14
                                 Community Response to Infectious Disease – Hansen’s Disease
 Wednesday,                      Ron Karni, M.D., Assistant Professor, UT Medical School –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
September 21                     HIV/AIDS in the 1980s

 Wednesday,                      Dr. Cathy Rozmus –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
September 28                     Eugenics in the United States

Wednesday,                       Dr. Cathy Rozmus –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
 October 5                       Eugenics in Germany

Wednesday,                       Dr. Ron Karni –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
October 12                       Euthanasia in Germany: 1930s and Early 1940s

Wednesday,                       Dr. Ron Karni –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
October 19                       Research in Germany: 1930s and 1940s

Wednesday,                       Dr. Cathy Rozmus –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
October 26                       The Role of Nurses in National Socialist Germany

Wednesday,                       Field Trip Day (Optional) –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
November 2                       Holocaust Museum Day

Wednesday,                       Dr. Ron Karni –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
November 9                       Physicians and Nurses in the Camps


Wednesday,                       Joan Engebretson, Dr.P.H., R.N., AHN-BC –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
November 16                      The Interests of the Community and the Interests of Individuals


Wednesday,                       Nathan Carlin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UT Medical School –
               12:00-1:00 pm                                                                             SON 320
November 30                      The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

                                 Dinner activity –
 Monday,
                   TBD           How to Address Ethical Dilemmas of Today by Using Lessons                 TBD
December 5
                                 from Yesterday




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 Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program
Important Dates to Remember for First-Year Students


                     First program event of Fall 2011
September 9
                     Open House for MS1 Students
September 20         Application deadline, Round 1

October – January    Student interviews

December 31          Application deadline, Round 2

January 20           Application deadline, Round 3

                     Matriculation of students into
February 1
                     Program

                     Reflection papers due; write-up of
May 25               volunteer activity due (if completed
                     in 2011-2012 school year)

                     Registration for Summer
June 1
                     Humanities Seminar




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                   Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program
                                Application Process


The Medical Humanities and Ethics Certificate Program is a part of the Scholarly Concentrations Program
at UT Medical School.

In order to apply for this Certificate Program, students must apply online through the Scholarly
Concentrations website, found at: http://med.uth.tmc.edu/administration/edu_programs/medical-
education/scholarly-concentrations/index.html

Students may apply for only one concentration at a time. To apply for this program, select “Medical
Humanities” under the Concentration menu. You will be asked to provide some information, such as
your name and contact information. Please make sure to fully complete the Personal Statement
section; your responses in this area will help us better understand you as an individual as well as your
goals and interests in the medical humanities.

Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Program Director. If a student is accepted into
the program, you will receive an email from the online system to welcome you to the program.




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