The 2020 DeBakey Scholarship Application is open!

February 17, 2020
DeBakey Scholarship in Medical Humanities at Baylor University

By investing more than $1 million in the Medical Humanities Program at Baylor, the DeBakey Medical Foundation has made it possible for a highly motivated and academically talented group of students to be named as DeBakey Scholars each year.
DeBakey Scholars are awarded a $10,000 scholarship and have unique opportunities for small group interaction with the faculty, local health care professionals, and campus speakers. DeBakey Scholars serve on the Medical Humanities Honor Council during their year as a DeBakey Scholar as well as participate in Medical Humanities events. In carrying the distinguished title of a DeBakey Scholar, students are to act as custodians of the DeBakey legacy: to uphold a standard of personal excellence and act as continuing agents of the foundation’s vision for the place of the humanities in medicine.
About the DeBakey Family:
The DeBakey family’s innovations and advancements in the medical field represent a dedication to both science and service; an intersection of medical advancement and altruism.
Michael E. DeBakey was a pioneering cardiovascular surgeon. Through his inventions and his humanitarian deeds over a career spanning more than 75 years, he lived out his personal standard of excellence; the New York Times reported he famously asked surgery residents, “If you were on the operating table, would you want a perfectionist or somebody who cared little for detail?” He performed surgery on more than 60,000 patients: from world leaders and celebrities to the common citizen. Prior to the invention of many modern medical technologies, Dr. DeBakey utilized his imagination and innovative skill to care for patients. During World War II, Dr. DeBakey volunteered to serve as a medical officer under the Surgeon General. His work in modernizing the medicine of war is considered paramount in the development of military medicine as it is practiced today, saving countless lives and drastically reducing mortality.
Dr. DeBakey’s sisters, Lois and Selma, have served as pioneers in their own right in the field of biomedical communications. Recognizing the value of effective communication between patients and physicians, Lois and Selma sought to introduce the power and art of language to the medical profession: to teach “the language of medicine”. In doing so, they developed the first communications curriculum in medical education. These courses provided insight into the highly nuanced ethics and etiquette of medical communication, and are still taught in medical schools today. Their work is considered the gold standard in the field of medical communication.

Open to Medical Humanities majors and minors as well as University Scholars with a declared concentration in Medical Humanities.
Minimum of 60 semester hours with a 3.50 overall GPA.
Minimum of 12 semester hours of Medical Humanities courses with a 3.50 GPA.
Essay that clearly articulates a vision for how Medical Humanities makes a difference in health care practice (maximum 350 words, double-spaced).
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