Community Survey

Community Survey

Physician Scholars: we want to hear from you!

We've created to a survey about the future of this group. It's your chance to tell us what you want out of this community going forward. Your candid input is greatly needed and appreciated. (This is not the post-conference survey). It's quick! (5 to 15 minutes to complete.) Fill out survey in post above, or go to survey by clicking here.

Between the 2013 and 2015 conferences a small working group formed to explore the possibilities for growing our community. It's led by Jennifer Ghandhi (UChicago, Public Policy, Year VI) and Dana Greenfield (UCSF, Med Anthro, Year VIII). In addition to gathering your feedback via the survey, the working group will investigate such issues as organizational structure, communications, financing, and alumnae relations. We are currently developing a mandate for work to be accomplished by the 2017 Harvard conference. By completing this survey, you will help us meet these goals.

If you want to join the working group, get in touch! We need 2 more people to help us move things along. 

At your service,

Jennifer Ghandhi
Dana Greenfield

p.s. You may notice we have a new mailing list widget to the right hand side. New or interested community members may sign up to receive conference news and updates.

Preliminary Schedule Now Available

With just a month to go before the conference, we are happy to announce that a preliminary program for the two days has been posted under the Conference Program link above.

Looking forward to seeing you in Philadelphia next month!

Abstract Submission Deadline in FOUR Days

The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration at this year's conference is four days from now, on February 15, 2015, so submit soon via the "Call for Papers" link above!

Registration Online, Extended Deadline for Abstracts

Registration is now available through the link at the heading above. Prices increase according to time of registration so register soon!

Super Early Bird (by Feb 15): $65
Early Bird (by March 15): $75
Regular Admission (after March 15): $85

Also note the deadline for submitting abstracts (via the Call for Papers link above) has been extended to Feb 15, and some changes have been made to the hotel information.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in April!
- Conference Planning Committee (Nora, Brendan, Josh, Nick, Michelle, Maxwell, and Utpal)

2015 Call For Papers: Policies and Politics of Care


Policies and Politics of Care
National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities
April 18th-19th, 2015
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

This conference is a biennial meeting for those committed to having dual training in clinical care and the social sciences and humanities inform each other in their academic work. This has historically provided a venue for graduates, trainees, and prospective students of MD-PhD training programs to build a community and present their research. This year we aim to expand to encompass scholars with a broader diversity of clinical training, including in nursing and social work, whose work also speaks to the core of this conference's organizing principle.

At the 2015 conference we are excited to explore the theme Policies and Politics of Care. Care lies at the core of a clinical relationship, but far from being an apolitical site of human compassion or technical skill, it is highly structured by broader social dynamics, market forces, and a (trans)national policy landscape. Our hybrid identities as both practitioners and researchers of care allow us a particular orientation toward care and caregiving, permitting us to tease out its historical and structural legacies, its lived experiential realities, the boundaries of its classification, and the aggregate effects of its policies on healthcare delivery, healthcare markets and health outcomes.

The planning committee invites you to submit an abstract of original research for presentation relevant to this theme. While we especially solicit work that investigates the connections between forms of care that occur within the walls of the clinic and the world outside, submissions on all topics and from individuals at all career stages are encouraged and will be considered.

Presentations may take the form of a 15 minute talk, poster, or “grand rounds”-style case presentation utilizing insights from your scholarly discipline. We ask that you limit your abstract submission to 350 words and include primary research question, methodological orientation, points of engagement with existing scholarship, and general conclusions. You may submit your abstracts via the form at:, where you will also find more information about the conference.  

DEADLINE: February 15th, 2015

Send comments and questions to:

The 2015 Conference Planning Committee

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