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The Healer’s Art

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Healer’s Art is a spring semester elective directed towards first and second year medical students that addresses the human dimension of medicine over five evening sessions. Each three hour session is divided into a large-group and small-group experience. Small groups are facilitated by  medical school physicians. Each session builds upon the insights and content of the previous session. Major themes of the course include:

  • Sustaining idealism and altruism
  • Medicine as a calling
  • Cultivating compassion
  • Healing loss
  • Learning tools to prevent stress and burnout


“In The Healer’s Art course, I learned it is okay to love my patients.”


-M2 student


“The Healer’s Art renewed my sense of honor, awe, and responsibility in medicine.”

-M1 student


Spring 2015 Course Dates

Date & Time Topic
1/21 6:30-9:30pm Restoring Balance
1/28 6:30-9:30pm Sharing Grief and Honoring Loss Part I
2/4 6:30-9:30pm Sharing Grief and Honoring Loss – Part II
2/11 6:30-9:30pm Mystery and Awe in Medicine
2/25 6:30-9:30pm Medicine as a Calling

Enrollment is limited. The Course is sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine and is directed by Katherine Gergen-Barnett, MD. To register for the class, or if you have any questions, please email Florence Laforest, course administrator, at

December 15, 2014
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine