Ethics and Medical Humanities Pathway

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2010 established the Ethics and Medical Humanities (EMH) Pathway to offer medical students educational opportunities in ethics and the humanities. These opportunities include core coursework, elective experiences, regular faculty mentoring and supervision, and a final project in the student’s area of interest.

The goal of the Pathway is to provide selected medical students with a coherent, substantial, educational experience in ethics and the humanities as they relate to the medical profession.  The vision is an integrated curriculum that enhances the study of clinical medicine by providing educational experiences in a variety of ethics- and humanities-related interests, including art, economics, philosophy, film and theater, history, law, literature and public policy. 

Pathway origins date to 2008-2009 when Aliye Runyan and the other founding students agreed there should be more opportunities for work in ethics and the medical humanities. Even though they were too far along in their UM careers to participate in the pathway themselves, she and Michael Kritzer-Cherian, Ghislaine Guez, Joshua Lennon, Toral Parikh, Nima Motamedi, Daniel Cushman, and Matthew Wideroff worked tirelessly to establish the new Pathway.

The Pathway description is available via the UM Miller School of Medicine’s “Important Administrative Documents For Students” page under “Pathways of Emphasis” / “Medical Student Pathway in Ethics and the Humanities.” The application is available under “Application For All Pathways.”

Cumulative list of ethics pathway projects
Ethics and Medical Humanities Pathway Advisory Committee

More information about the Miller School of Medicine’s Pathways of Emphasis program is available on the Medical Education Website:

Click here for a UM media report.

For more information, contact either of the Pathway’s faculty advisers: Jeffrey P. Brosco ( or Kenneth W. Goodman (, 305-243-5723).