Our HISTORY

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 iterations of the conference at the University of California-San Francisco, University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania. Our most recent conference was held in April 2017 at Harvard Medical School. Please see below for materials and programs from past meetings.

2013: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO

VITAL SIGNS: The State of the Art and Science of Medicine and Society
April 13-14, 2013
Program
Abstracts

2015: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Policies and Politics of Care
April 18-19, 2015
Program (or see conference website)
Abstracts

2017: Harvard medical school

Critique and Complement: Bringing insight from the social sciences and humanities to the clinic
April 29-30, 2017
Program
Abstracts