The Phronesis Project focuses on professional identity formation, organized around the conceptual framework of wisdom. Our educational goal is to foster our capacity for wisdom development, setting the stage for wisdom development throughout our careers.


Our students learn about medicine in new and innovative ways. Working in Phronesis CPD groups with their mentors, each student is paired with an adult patient whom they learn from over 4 years. Their role with their patients grows as their medical knowledge and experience grows. In addition, the Phronesis Project uses monthly workshops and brief weekly sessions to foster the cognitive, compassionate, and reflective capacities of wisdom. 

Our Students

They come from all over the world. Graduates of Brown, Princeton,VCU, Smith College, Washington University, Carnegie Mellon, UVA-Wise, University of Miami, Virginia Tech, UVA, and UNC. Common threads are travel, volunteerism, research, and passion.  


To read about the Phronesis experience from the students' perspective, click here.


Why wisdom? The calls for change in our health care systems have strikingly similar themes: they call for a culture of compassion, other-centeredness and self-awareness, relationality and collaboration, teamwork, embracing complexity, applying knowledge to discern the right action, and a re-focusing on the greater good.

Photos on this page by Jackson Smith.

Class of 2018

Best of luck with your ACEs and residency applications!  Please attend monthly drop-in sessions as you are able.  Be alert for your annual survey email in the coming week.

Class of 2019

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend July's drop-in session.  It was great to see you.  Natalie emailed a brief summary to everyone:  focus on gratitude this month.  At day's end, think of 3 things you are grateful for. We will schedule another drop-in session for September. Stay tuned!

Class of 2020

In the News

Be sure to read the article in Vitals, "Phronesis Project Brings Practical Wisdom to Medical Education" here. This article in the UVA SOM alumni magazine features our Phronesis Class of 2018!

And here is an interesting report that was supported by the Gold Foundation, a Humanism Survival Guide to the clerkship year.  Read more here.

We hope you had a fantastic summer and can't wait to hear all about it!  We are so looking forward to seeing you in August.  Fall Phronesis workshop schedules will be available soon.  And of course, be sure to check in with your patient when you've returned to Charlottesville.

Class of 2021

Welcome, Phronesis Class of 2021!  You are our largest class ever, and we look forward to meeting you soon.  Until then, please complete your online survey (sent via email from Natalie), and we will post the 2021 students and mentors "get to know you" pages soon.

Your Phronesis orientation is scheduled for Tuesday,
August 8 from 2:40 - 4:00
 pm in the Learning Studio.

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