January 13, 2022

Special issue of Human Ties Digest released, focuses on hope amidst uncertainty

The latest issue of Human Ties Digest was released today. The special issue focuses on “Hope Amidst Uncertainty,” and features writings and artwork by members of McGovern Medical School. These works include oil paintings by Olga Chumakova, PhD, from the…


November 2, 2021

Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration has a new director

Keisha Ray, PhD, has been named the new Director of the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration. Dr. Ray is Assistant Professor with the McGovern Center and took over the program’s reins as of November 1. Dr. Ray’s new role follows the…


October 27, 2021

Available postdoctoral fellow positions with the McGovern Center

The John P. McGovern, M.D., Center for Humanities and Ethics at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) invites applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. This position will require the successful candidate…


September 23, 2021

Coauthored paper on autonomy by Colin Goodman and Timothy Houk accepted for publication

“Misapplying Autonomy: Why Patient Wishes Cannot Settle Treatment Decisions” is the title of a forthcoming paper in Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics co-authored by Colin Goodman and Timothy Houk, PhD. Goodman is a fourth-year medical student who is also a member…


April 30, 2021

Virtual conference on experiences of early-career physicians hosted

“Varieties of Medical Experience: Early-Career Physicians Write Their Lives,” was the title of a recent virtual conference organized by Nathan Carlin, PhD. Participants in the conference were alumni of the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration. The news story below discusses the…


April 15, 2021

Humanities graduates celebrated at virtual banquet

The McGovern Center’s 14th Annual Graduation Banquet was held virtually to honor the graduates of the Clinical Humanities Certificate Program at the School of Dentistry and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration at McGovern Medical School. Seven graduates from dentistry and 19…


April 8, 2021

Recipients of the 2021 Karff Chair Awards announced

The McGovern Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Karff Chair Awards. These are given to graduating seniors at McGovern Medical School and the School of Dentistry at UTHealth. These awards are made possible through the Samuel…


December 11, 2020

Keisha Ray explores intersections across bioethics and humanities in virtual discussion

Keisha Ray, PhD, participated in a plenary session of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 22nd Annual Conference in October, discussing “What About the ‘H’ in ASBH? Exploring the Intersections Across Bioethics and Humanities.” Ray’s comments begin at…


December 2, 2020

McGovern Center course features author in discussion

The McGovern Center’s fourth-year elective, Humanistic Elements of Medicine includes three weeks of graduate-style humanities seminars with Center faculty. During the current course block, a seminar on Samuel Shem was offered during the first week by Nathan Carlin, PhD. Students…


May 29, 2020

Nathan Carlin releases new interviews for Life & Work

Two new episodes are now available for Life & Work, a podcast-like series hosted by Nathan Carlin, PhD. In each interview, Carlin talks with intellectuals and scholars about the intersections between their personal lives and public scholarship. This Spring, Carlin…


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