Philip and Kurt Scherer


Class of 2010 and 2008

Philip is the talented one. Kurt Scherer says this matter-of-factly when he talks about his little brother, who plays three instruments. Kurt only knows two.

The brothers, both recent graduates of the UF College of Medicine, grew up playing music with their siblings. “It was something we could do as a family,” said Philip, a UF medical student from the class of 2010 who plays the violin, the viola and the piano. “It solidified us. We could all share in the joy of playing music together.”

While Kurt and Philip juggled medical school and new families, neither stopped playing music.“It’s second-nature to me,” said Kurt, who received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award during his last year of medical school. “When I think of myself one of the things I think is, ‘I play cello.’ ”

The narrative medicine course, reflective writing course, Arts in Medicine program, and history of medicine interest group provide unique opportunities for all medical students to learn more about themselves, which will help in their care of patients.

The Scherer brothers not only found time to foster their love of the arts while medical students, their artistic passions were cultivated through many programs at the college, most importantly the UF Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine Program, the Chapman Society and the Thomas Maren Medical Student Reading Room, a space designed for students to relax, read a book, listen to music or play an instrument. “Medical humanities is a critical component to medical education,” said Kurt, now a radiology resident. “I know without a doubt that it plays a role in making us better, well-rounded, caring physicians.”