Healer's Art Information Luncheon

Learn more about the Healer's Art Course content from Course Faculty Sue Slatkoff MD, Amy Weil MD, and Healer's Art student alumni while enjoying a pizza lunch on 11/15 in Macnider 321 from 11:30 - 12:45 . Sign up to take the course in advance or at the lunch . Space in the course is limited to 40 students.

When Nov 15, 2017
from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Where Macnider 321
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Healer's Art Course Information Lunch Session for Medical Students and Faculty

Learn more about the Healer's Art Course content from Course Faculty Sue Slatkoff MD, Amy Weil MD, and course student alumni. Sign up to take the course in advance or at the lunch. Space in the course is limited to 40 students.


Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

from 11:30 to 12:45 PM


MacNider 321

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Sue Slatkoff

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The Healer’s Art Course – Information Lunch in MacNider 321

The Healer’s Art is a Year I and II course with curriculum designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, founding director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI,) and Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Remen is the author of numerous books and publications, including Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings. The course, first taught at UCSF in 1992, was taught last year at 125 medical schools in the U.S. and other countries.  First taught at UNC in 2006, we are celebrating our 13th year of offering this exceptional course here.

 Dr. Remen’s reason for developing the course was to address her concern about the growing loss of meaning and commitment experienced by physicians under the stresses of today’s health-care system. Many studies have shown that students entering medical school possess the highest levels of enthusiasm and optimism that they ever experience as members of the medical profession. The Healer’s Art can help medical students find and hold onto meaning and satisfaction in their chosen profession.

 The Healer’s Art course is a 15-hour elective taught in five evening sessions over two months. The curriculum offers a highly interactive approach to enable students to realize the personal and universal meaning in their daily experience of medicine. The course brings together two mutually supportive learning communities -- first- and second-year medical students with practicing and teaching physicians -- in a model that encourages honest and mutually respectful sharing of experience, beliefs and personal truths. Faculty members participate in the exercises and share their personal insights along with the students. Faculty members who are joining the course this year include Drs. Amy Weil, Beat Steiner, Beth Rosenberg, Bob Gwyther, Julia Lunsford, Laura House, Lindsay Wilson, and Sue Slatkoff, in addition to a small group of faculty who will be taking and preparing to teach in the course in future years.

This course is not graded and includes no testing. Students will not earn “credit” toward graduation; instead, students will earn a “certificate of completion” after attending all 5 sessions of the course. This certificate will be reflected in Dean’s letters at the time of residency application.

The sessions in 2018 are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 PM as follows:

  • Week #1 – January 10, 2018:  “Discovering and Nurturing Your Wholeness,” in which students will reflect on their hopes and fears about the joys and challenges experienced as they enter the medical profession.

  • Week #2 – January 24, 2018:  “Sharing Grief and Honoring Loss,” in which students contemplate loss in their own lives and project this into their roles in helping patients who sustain loss.

  • Week #3 – January 31, 2018:  “Group Conversations from Session on Grief and Loss,” in which small groups will finish discussions from the previous week.

  • Week #4 – February 7, 2018:  “Beyond Analysis: Allowing Awe in Medicine,” in which students will consider the mysteries that medicine can pose to both patients and physicians.

  • Week #5 – February 21, 2018:  “The Care of the Soul: Service as a Way of Life,” in which students will explore the ethics and values inherent in a service profession and will develop their own personal “Hippocratic Oaths”.

  • Students who wish to be part of this year’s Healer’s Art Course at UNC should contact Jenny Jones at jnjones@email.unc.edu or Dr. Sue Slatkoff at slatkoff@med.unc.edu to secure a place in the 2018 class.  Please include your class (e.g. MS1) when you respond. Students will be accepted on a first come, first accepted basis.

  • More information about The Healer’s Art Course, may be found at the course’s national website: http://www.rishiprograms.org/healers-art/ 

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