Carver College of Medicine Writing

The Carver College of Medicine's Writing and Humanities Program focuses on creative writing education and practice in the context of medical school.

Program News

Examined Life Conference, October 24 - 26

Welcome Writers to the University of Iowa!

Program Highlights


    The Examined Life Conference hosted each year

✚    Humanities Distinction Track supports medical students who pursue scholarship in creative writing

    The Examined Life Journal highlights work dedicated to medicine and the medical field

✚    Elective courses and arts activities for medical students

Carver College of Medicine's Writing and Humanities Program

The Carver College of Medicine's Writing and Humanities Program focuses on the humanistic and artistic dimensions of medical education and practice by taking a critical, transdisciplinary approach to the humanities and arts in the context of medical school.

The program offers elective courses and arts activities for medical students, working to illuminate the unique roles writing, humanities, and fine and performing arts can play in medical education, patient care and professional development. The program further advances the connections between the humanities and medicine through the Humanities Distinction Track which is designed to encourage, support, and recognize medical students who pursue scholarship in creative writing, literature, philosophy, religion, visual arts, music, and history, as well as social sciences and public policy.  

The Writing and Humanities Program also provides individual consultations for medical students to review scholarship and residency personal statements, CVs, research papers and abstracts, patient notes, learning issues, presentations, creative writing, extracurricular materials, correspondence, recommendations, and any other form of writing.

In additional to curricular elements, the Writing and Humanities Program produces The Examined Life Journal, a publication of the Carver College of Medicine, and hosts the annual Examined Life Conference.

1191 MERF
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: 319-335-8051
Email: cate-dicharry@uiowa.edu