The National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities was founded in 2005 by a group of MD-PhD trainees in medical anthropology, though such gatherings have been held under different names for many decades. These students imagined the biennial conference as an opportunity to revisit and reinvigorate our mission: to explore how the fields of anthropology, economics, ethics, history, and literature can advance the practice and public understanding of medicine. In the years since, MD-PhD trainees around the country have sustained this spirit of student leadership, organizing six iterations of the conference at the University of California-San Francisco, University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania.

From April 28-30, 2017, we are delighted to welcome the conference to Boston. Our theme is Critique and Complement: Bringing insight from the social sciences and humanities to the clinic. Join fellow MD/PhD trainees and faculty from across the nation and members of Harvard University’s Departments of Anthropology, History of Science, Global Health and Social Medicine, and Health Care Policy as we engage with the social, economic, and historical dimensions of medicine and public health.



We extend thanks to all of our donors in helping sustain this critical conversation. 

Ackerman Program on Medicine & Culture
Harvard / MIT MD-PhD Program
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
Department of Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Michael Crichton Fund
The Harvard University Provost Fund for Student Collaboration
The generous personal donations of several Harvard University and Harvard Medical School faculty.