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Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program

Katherine Swan Ginsburg Photo

Katherine Swan Ginsburg, MD, MPH was a house officer at Beth Israel Hospital who died of cancer at age 34, shortly after completing her training.  Katherine was widely admired for her outstanding communication skills, clinical competence, compassion and selfless dedication to caring for her patients.  To honor her legacy, Katherine's family and loved ones provided a gift to BIDMC to help foster these values in future physicians training in the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

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The KSG Humanism in Medicine Program strives to:

  • Foster the values and ideals embodied by Katherine
  • Improve the quality of life of our house staff
  • Develop curricula that address competencies for physicians relating to professionalism, communication, ethics, and humanistic values
  • Encourage clinicians to be self-aware and take time to assess their own well-being and engage in reflective practice

Each academic year a resident is selected to serve as the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Fellow.  Under the mentorship of KSG Program Director, Dr. Amy Ship, the fellow completes a scholarly project relating to humanism in medicine.  

Annually the KSG Program holds a week of events in May to celebrate humanism in medicine, events include:

  • M&M: "Music & Musings," with musical performances and readings by our housestaff and an art exhibition highlighting paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings created by residents
  • Grand Rounds lecture given by a KSG visiting professor
  • Journal Club discussion session led by a member of our house staff
  • General Medicine Grand Rounds presentation

In addition, KSG Humanism in Medicine Awards are presented to a house officer and faculty member, nominated by their colleagues for providing compassionate patient-centered care and for consistantly exhibiting the core values of the program.


 Music and Musings 2014

Contact Information

Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program
Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Deaconess Building
One Deaconess Road, Suite 305 
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-632-8262
Fax: 617-632-8261