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Amy Ship, MD

Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, 1999-2000
Advanced Fellow in Medical Education, 2008-2009
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Rabkin Fellowship Project:
Curriculum development: "Primary care for breast cancer survivors"
Advanced Fellowship Project:
Listening to literature: A short-fiction reading group for primary care physicians

Dr. Amy Ship is an internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Swarthmore College, and an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University. Before becoming a physician, she worked as a curatorial assistant at two major art museums, and wrote for a national newspaper. She attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, and served as Chief Resident in Primary Care.

Since 1999, Dr. Ship has co-directed Harvard Medical School's 2nd year physical diagnosis course, "Patient / Doctor II." This year-long course teaches history-taking and physical examination skills, presentation and write-ups, clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis. In addition, Dr. Ship directs Patient/Doctor III at BIDMC, a year-long course for third-year students focused on “doctoring.” For the past 13 years, Dr. Ship has been a Deputy Editor of the Clinical Crossroads conference series, published monthly in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She is also the Faculty Director of the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Program for Humanism in Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the faculty advisor to the Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter at BIDMC.

Dr. Ship was a first Rabkin Fellow in 1998-99. In that year, she developed a curriculum entitled Primary Care for Breast Cancer Survivors, which was taught in several settings including SGIM. In 2008-2009 Dr. Ship completed an Advanced Rabkin Fellowship. For her project, she developed a curriculum for and facilitated a short-fiction reading group for primary care house officers and faculty which met monthly for 6 months.

Dr. Ship teaches nationally on diverse topics including Giving Bad News, Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis, Giving Effective Feedback, and Primary Care for Breast Cancer Survivors. Since 2007, Dr. Ship has led workshops for clinicians using literature to aid discussion of complex issues and to enhance empathy. She facilitates the Literature and Medicine program sponsored by the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities at both the BIDMC and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Ship was inducted into the Academy at Harvard Medical School in 2002. She has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring, and humanism, including the Kenneth Schwartz Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award in 2009 and the S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2010.