Humanities and the Arts Pathway

Pathway Overview

The medical humanities – which includes art, music, literature, drama, writing, dance, philosophy, history, and more – can enrich our lives in medicine, increase our ability to observe, help us understand perspectives other than our own, shed light on community concerns and the role we play in questions of justice, inspire artistic expression, and allow us to cultivate a deep understanding of the humanity of not only our patients but ourselves, giving us tools we need to provide high-quality patient-centered care.

The Humanities and the Arts Pathway (HAP) provides a unique educational experience for medical students to thoughtfully and creatively engage with patient stories and the experience of becoming a physician using specialized modules, clinical experiences, reflection, and creative expression.

HAP is a pilot project for Seattle-based students; the length of the pilot is four years starting in January 2020. 


How To Apply

*The next application period will begin in Fall 2023. 

To apply to the Humanities and the Arts Pathway you must be:

  • A first-year medical student (PGY-1) currently enrolled at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM)
  • Currently living in the Seattle or surrounding region (HAP is a Seattle-only pilot program through 2024.)

Please Note: Acceptance is currently limited to five students.

Humanities & Medicine in the News

Explore additional news and stories featuring humanities and medicine.

The Huddle: Art Show Connects Medical Students and Providers

First-year medical students participated in the (Im)Printed art exhibition as part of their Foundations of Clinical Medicine course. The art exhibition encouraged reflections on identity, relationships and purpose.

  • "The beauty of medical language," Danielle Ofri, Perspectives The Art of Medicine, March 2022. (PDF iconPDF)
  • "Healing arts: The synergy of medicine and the humanities," Audrey Shafer, Stanford Medicine, Winter 2017. (View article, PDF iconPDF)
  • "UW uses artwork to help sharpen visual skills of future doctors," Kyung M. Song. Seattle Times, Dec. 2008. (View articlePDF iconPDF