Medical Humanities Track

The Track Program is an educational program designed to enrich students’ experiences and opportunities, and expose them to various concentrations of study.  GW SMHS believes this program will further students’ medical careers by providing a broader healthcare perspective and exposure to leadership opportunities.

Linda Raphael, Ph.D., directs the Medical Humanities Program at GW. She holds an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in English and studied philosophy as a postgraduate at Oxford University. She was a faculty member at Ohio State University before joining the faculty in the GW Department of English in 1996. In 2005 she developed courses in narrative and medicine and became the Director of Medical Humanities at SMHS. She is the author of Narrative Skepticism: Representations of Consciousness in Fiction (2001), When Night Fell: An Anthology of Holocaust Short Stories (1999), and articles and book-length essays on the fiction of Henry James, Charles Dickens, and the representation of cultural and historical events in fiction. She serves on the GW Hospital Ethics Committee and the GW Faculty and Physician Wellness Committee. Her research and writing are increasingly directed toward narrative and medicine, including “how doctors listen to patients” and “what patients want in a physician.”

At the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, there are multiple opportunities to visit medical humanities as a medical student, resident or fellow, and faculty physician.

» Visit the Office of Student Opportunities to learn more about the Track Program.