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IDC 483 The Healer's Art


The Healer’s Art is a medical school curriculum designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. It is a 15-hour quarter-long elective that has been taught annually at UCSF since 1993. It is a 1.0 credit hour course. The course’s innovative educational strategy is based on a discovery model. The UCSF course annually draws one-third of the Year I class, and has demonstrated that curriculum can be transformative as well as informative. The Healer’s Art course was featured in “U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools” issue for the 2002 school year as an example of excellence in medical education. In addition to the USCF experience, the course has been successfully replicated at 35 medical schools nationwide. Seven medical schools will commence a pilot course this academic year.

The Healer’s Art addresses one of the hidden crises in medicine: the growing loss of meaning and commitment experienced by physicians nationwide under the stresses of today’s health care system. Among medical educators, the question of how to stress-proof students to meet the challenges of practice has become urgent.

The course consists of five three-hour evening sessions spaced two weeks apart, each divided into large–group and small-group experience.

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