Dr. Remen is the Founder and Director of The Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI). Since 1992, The Institute for the Study of Health & Illness (ISHI) has provided education and support for health professionals who aspire to bring their hearts into their work and are dedicated to practicing a medicine of service, human connection and compassionate healing. The programs Dr. Remen has patiently cultivated now reach deep into the lives of thousands of physicians, medical educators, medical students, nurses and others in the healing professions — helping them to hold to their values, their humanity, and their excellence, and to renew their commitment to themselves, to their patients and to medicine.

For Medical Educators: The Healer’s Art Curriculum

Healers Art
The Healer’s Art is an innovative discovery model curriculum in values clarification and professionalism for first and second year medical students now offered annually at 70+ US medical schools as well as medical schools around the world (click “more” and scroll down for link to Bar Chart of Current Healer’s Art Schools). Designed in 1991 by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, the curriculum offers a safe learning environment for a personal in-depth exploration of the time-honored values of service, healing relationship, reverence for life and compassionate care. (Find Out More) 

Finding Meaning Groups: Self-Lead Support Groups for Health Care Professionals and Others

More and more, physicians and other health professionals are looking for ways to connect with one another and find their place of truth in the changing arena of medicine. To meet this need, ISHI has been helping clinicians initiate Finding Meaning groups — Finding Meaning in Medicine for Physicians, Finding Meaning in Nursing for Nurses, and Finding Meaning in Service for other Healthcare Professionals — throughout the country and around the world. (Find Out More)

Continuing Education For Healthcare Professionals: CME, BRN, CEU Workshops & Trainings

ISHI offers ongoing CME, BRN, CEU workshops and trainings for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who want to bring their hearts more fully to their work. The heart is an organ of vision, a way of seeing that enables us to connect with others and find meaning in the most routine of tasks. Medical training often encourages professionals to shield themselves and may even have convinced them that approaching work with a tender heart is unprofessional. But this belief makes clinicians vulnerable to depression, loneliness and despair.  (Find Out More)

For Physicians: Remembering the Heart of Medicine

“Creating a Worldwide Community of Doctors Who Bring Heart to Medicine”
ISHI’s new online community website for physicians, Remembering the Heart of Medicine arose out of an ongoing long-term conversation between the many doctors who have attended ISHI’s programs over the past 20+ years. Physicians have shared with us their unmet needs, their dreams and hopes, their ongoing struggle to remain whole and committed to their work, their feeling of aloneness and their love of medicine. It is Rachel’s hope that this website will offer any physician anywhere in the world an oasis of renewal where they can re-connect to their hearts and remember the deep meaning of their work, despite the stresses and pressures inherent in today’s health care system.  (Find Out More)