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Fostering Medical Humanism Through Faculty Role Models


Program Details

Passing the Torch is a faculty development program uniquely suited to junior Clinician Educator faculty to develop further patient care and teaching skills with a person-centered model. Participants will be expected to attend bi-weekly sessions on Wednesdays from September through May. Depending on the size of the group, these meetings will be virtual and/or in person. Timing will depend upon the availability of the group.

Participants will also work on a ‘passion project’ of their choice for a capstone to the course and can include, but is not limited to, a creative pursuit related to the practice of medicine, aspect of course evaluation, or seed for future education or research project.  

Sessions, generally at lunch time, including critical reflection, participatory learning, written appreciative inquiry, and role-playing, among other techniques for building and honing clinical and teaching skills.  Here is a list of sample sessions.


Nominations for Passing the Torch: Fostering Medical Humanism through Faculty Role Models are now open for the 2021-22 cohort. 

Required Application Materials include:

  • One-page Letter of Recommendation from the Department Chair, Division Chief, or Designee
  • Nominee CV, and
  • Brief statement from the nominee outlining why they would like to participate (limit to one page)

 Navigate the left-side panel by clicking ‘Passing the Torch Nominations’ to apply.

Please contact the program director, Dr. Jennifer McEntee (jmcentee@email.unc.edu) with any questions.