The Healer’s Art Course


Following is a short list of publications about The Healer’s Art course. For a link to each article, click on the title.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Insisting on The Healer’s Art: The Implications of Required Participation in a Medical School Course on Values and Humanism
Rabow MW, Lapedis M, Feingold A, Thomas M, Remen RN. Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal; 2016;28:1,61-71.

Teaching in Relationship: The Impact on Faculty of Teaching “The Healer’s Art”
Rabow, MW, Newman M & Remen RN. Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal; Volume 26, Issue 2, 2014.

Professional Formation and Deformation: Repression of Personal Values and Qualities in Medical Education
Rabow MW, Evans C, Remen RN. Fam Med. 2013;45:13-18. Formal qualitative analysis in which an international cadre of The Healer’s Art students identified core personal qualities and values that they may not reveal or feel may be diminished in medical school.

Professional Formation: Extending Medicine’s Lineage of Service into the Next Century
Rabow M, Remen R, Parmelee D, Inuit T. Academic Medicine. 2010;85(2):310-317. Formal qualitative analysis of narrative evaluation responses from The Healer’s Art course students around meaning and professionalism.

Promise of Professionalism: Personal Mission Statements Among a National Cohort of Medical Students
Rabow M, Wrubel J, Remen R. Annals of Family Medicine. 2009;7(4):336-342. In the 5th session of The Healer’s Art course, students are guided to write their own personal mission statement. This is a formal qualitative analysis of The Healer’s Art student mission statements.

Authentic Community as an Educational Strategy in Professionalism:
A National Evaluation of The Healer’s Art Curriculum

Rabow M, Wrubel J, Remen R. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007;22:1422-1428. Review of the concept of professional formation and summary of major curricula and programs in professional formation in U.S. schools of medicine, including a focus on The Healer’s Art course as an exemplar. Recommendations for curricular and institutional goals and future developments in professional formation.

Advancing Humanism in Medical Education
Suchman, A. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007:22(11):1630-1631. Editorial by Anthony L. Suchman, M.D., M.A., highlights The Healer’s Art course in reference to the maturation and quality of teaching humanism in medical education.

The Healer’s Art: Awakening the Heart of Medicine (PDF)
O’Donnell, J, Rabow M, Remen, R. AACH Medical Encounter. 2007;21(1):7-11. Goals, structure, observations and impact of The Healer’s Art course are reviewed.

Humanism in Oncology: The Healer’s Art: Education in Meaning and Service
Remen R, Rabow M, O’Donnell. Journal of Cancer Education. 2008;23:65-67. Overview of The Healer’s Art course as a course in professionalism education.

General Articles

Medicine’s Search for Meaning
Bornstein, D, New York Times (Online Opinionater), Sept. 18, 2013. Opinion and subsequent discussion of the crisis of meaning and values in today’s healthcare system, which begins during medical school and extends into medical practice, resulting in symptoms of extreme stress and burnout.

Who Will Heal the Doctors?
Bornstein, D, New York Times (Online Opinionater), October 2, 2013. Follow-up to Sept. 18, 2013, Opinionater; additional opinion and discussion about the gap in students’ and doctors’ professional service values and the values of today’s healthcare system, and what is needed to close this gap.

Teaching the Art of Healing (PDF)
Pearson, J. Minnesota Medicine. April 2009;38–39. The experience of teaching The Healer’s Art Course, from a long-time course director’s perspective.

Staying Soulful: The Healer’s Art: Sharing Grief & Honoring Loss
Remen R., Rabow M. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Bulletin. 2007:8(3):4-5. Two sessions of The Healer’s Art course focus on sharing grief and honoring loss. The author reviews how medical students can effectively learn and grow from these experiences which are universal to the practice of medicine.

The Art of Healing: Q & A with Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (PDF)
Kelly, K. San Francisco Medicine Magazine. 2006;79(8):20-21. In this interview, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D discusses the difference between healing and curing and other strategies for integrating heart and wholeness with the science and technology of medicine.

Teaching the Heart of Medicine: An Interview with Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (PDF)
Tucker, C. San Francisco Medicine. 2005;78(7):11-28. Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., discusses a few of the concepts explored in The Healer’s Art course, including meaning, purpose and lineage.