The Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, chaired by Rita Charon, MD, PhD, is the newest department in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Medical education at P&S has passed through multiple eras of change during the school's 250 years, and a new era has begun with a scholarship campaign.
The students, who are also members of the P&S Musicians' Guild, created a program that combines their passion for music with patient care.
Milestones included a cake competition to kick off the anniversary year, a historic Match Day, the first Velocity ride to end cancer, a generous gift, and a new name for the medical school.
In the 1819 manuscript, Dr. Bard discusses medical school coursework, the cost of medical education, and the importance of faculty being affiliated with a public hospital.
One student's research could inform the development of an HIV vaccine. Theodora Karagounis also has gained experience caring for patients at Columbia's student-run clinics.