Susan Sample, PhD, MFA
2019 Faculty Advisor

Susan J. Sample is assistant professor in the Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  She is the first Writer-in-Residence at Huntsman Cancer Institute and an associate instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies in the College of Humanities.  She teaches narrative medicine and reflective writing to medical students, cancer patients and their families, residents, physicians, and undergraduate students. She also facilitates writing groups for residents, physicians, and staff, and advises the Physicians Literature and Medicine Discussion Group. The author of two poetry chapbooks, Dr. Sample has won many awards for her writing from the Utah Arts Council, literary journals, and most recently, the 2018 Irish Arts & Writers Festival. She holds a BA in philosophy from Whitman College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona where she was fiction editor of Sonora Review. She earned a PhD in communication from the University of Utah where she researched the rhetoric of medicine, particularly the role of narrative in medicine. Previously, she served as editor of the University’s Health Sciences Report magazine, which won numerous awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges and other professional health societies.