Medical Humanities Fellowship

The fellowship aims to provide an introduction to key issues in the medical humanities (including literature, history, philosophy, and ethics), through a combination of assigned readings, discussions, case presentations, structured mentoring, and a capstone independent project.

Students completing this fellowship will have a strong sense of the humanistic and interpersonal qualities required to be a good physician and develop an approach to common, challenging ethical dilemmas that come up in the course of clinical training and practice.


The fellowship involves monthly dinners with assigned readings and short response papers (Sept – April), a weekend-long Natural Law & Medical Ethics Seminar in January, one-on-one mentoring and shadowing experience with HMS faculty or trainees and an independent, mentored project in the medical humanities, with potential for publication. 


September - Introduction & The Hippocratic Tradition
October - A Noble Calling: The Vocation to Medicine & the Virtues of the Physician
November - Special Seminar: Metaphysics & Metascience:

  • Prof. Thomas D’Andrea (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr. Jacob Joseph (Harvard Medical School)

December - Making Sense of Suffering (Part I)
January - Special Seminar: Natural Law & Medical Ethics:

  • Dr. Farr Curlin (Duke University)
  • Prof. Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina)

February - Making Sense of Suffering (Part II)
March - The Mind-Body Problem in Clinical Practice
April - The Physician’s Conscience: Becoming an Independent, Practical Reasoner

Seminar Leaders:

Director - Daniel E. Lage M.D. : Dr. Lage is a Resident Physician at Mass General Hospital and has research & clinical interests in oncology, geriatrics, and improving care for older adults. Before medical school at Harvard, Daniel completed graduate studies in policy and management at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Lage is one of AAI's Young Professional Fellows.

Coordinator - Todd Jones: After studying Classics and mathematics at Harvard College, Todd is now working in clinical research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital while applying to medical school for the fall of 2018. Todd is one of AAI's Young Professional Fellows.

Eligibility and Interest:

•    Juniors or Seniors at Harvard College or other local colleges
•    OR college alumni 1-3 years after graduation who are taking post-baccalaureate pre-med courses and/or preparing for medical school applications while      working full time (in Cambridge/Boston)
•    Able to commit ~5-10 hours per month, plus weekend seminar in January

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now closed, but if you're interested in attending events and talks related to medical humanities please register below:

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