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M.D. with Distinction in Medical Humanities

The MD with Distinction in Medical Humanities & Ethics provides UT Health San Antonio medical students with the opportunity to spend part of their medical school career exploring the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics' program offerings (CMHE). The interdisciplinary nature of this Distinction will expose students to novel career options while enabling them to develop a strong record in both academics and community outreach that will be well regarded by residency selection committees.  

Follow this link to apply:  MD with Distinction in Medical Humanities Application


Prospective Applicant -  

  • MSI (completed) - August 1
  • MSII - February 15

Retrospective Applicant -

  • MSIV - September 1 (semester before anticipated graduation date)


  1. Students will pick one area of focus from the four disciplines within the CMHE – Arts & Humanities, Community Service Learning (CSL), Global Health, and Medical Ethics.
  2. In addition to the core requirements, students will complete a Capstone Project based on their selected discipline.
  3. Students must have a project mentor who is a faculty at UTHSA and does work related to the selected area.
  4. 180 hours must be dedicated to activities fulfilling core requirements. All hours must be logged by student on the Core Requirement Log Sheet. These hours may be filled in the following ways:
    • Volunteer Service – A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service
      • 20 hours should contribute directly to the focus of the student’s track or specific project.
    • Elective Coursework – A minimum of three (3) elective courses offered through the CMHE must be completed.
    • Other – Remaining hours may be fulfilled through additional volunteer service or elective coursework (beyond the minimum), or participation in other activities related to medical humanities, e.g. guest lectures, community events, journal clubs, conference participation, global health trips unrelated to capstone project, etc.
  5. Students must remain in good academic standing throughout duration of the program, and must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above.


  1. Proposal – After selecting a track and finding a mentor, students will submit a written proposal with their application
  2. 4-week “Operations Month” – Time dedicated solely to project, which can be used for travel, service, project preparation, research, field assessments, etc.
  3. Formal Presentation – Students will present their work at either a dedicated UT Health San Antonio symposium or conference, or a nationally recognized conference that is relevant to their work.
  4. Capstone Report – A final written report will be submitted detailing the project outcomes.


For complete details about the application process and requirements, please refer to the Humanities Distinction Application Process or email Bonnie Lewis at


Arts & Humanities - Jerald Winakur, MD, MACP, CMD
CSL - Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd
Global Health - Jason Rosenfeld, MPH
Medical Ethics - Jason Morrow, MD, PhD

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