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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).  Students in this program will ultimately produce a Capstone Project,  which demonstrates a sustained work of academic research and sustainably fills a specific and substantial need in a selected community.  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.
For complete details about the application process and requirements, please refer to the Humanities Distinction Application Process or email Bonnie Lewis at

Initial Application -  

  • MSII (beginning of 2nd Academic Year) - August 3rd, 11:59 PM
  • MSII - February 15th, 11:59 PM
  • MSIV - September 1st, 11:59 PM (semester before anticipated graduation date).

After approval of Initial Application  by the Humanities Distinction Committee, the applicant will be notified and directed to the Final Application process (see below).

Final Application 


  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 specific discipline or 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 maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above and remain in good academic standing throughout the duration of the program.


  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.  DEADLINE:  The final Capstone Report must be received by the Humanities Distinction Committee by April 1 of the semester of graduation.  


  • Arts & Humanities - Ruth Berggren, MD, MACP & Kristy Kossub, MD
  • CSL - Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd, DrPh(c)
  • Global Health - Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, DrPH(c)
  • Medical Ethics - Jason Morrow, MD, PhD

Click here for "Commonly Asked Questions".