The Kelvin Institute

There are no absolutes.

Welcome to The Kelvin Institute

What are we?

TKI is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on promoting extracurricular training and discussion among medical students. In particular, we believe students who supplement their education with ideas from medical humanism and health policy, develop the qualities of truly effective and humane physicians, able to practice in the spirit of inclusion, equity, and modern Hippocratic values. As an educational institute, we promote the study, discussion, and dissemination of these ideas, through online articles, discussion forums, and open seminars. And as a think tank and advocacy group, we seek to reform medical education to reflect evolving ideals of compassionate care and modern clinical practice, through coordinated student advocacy and development.

Who are we?

We are a group of medical professionals and preprofessionals dedicated to an introspective study of our field. Our shared interest is the study of elements of medicine commonly undercovered or overshadowed in standard medical training, but essential to the provision of truly effective care. These includes ethical, philosophical, humanistic, sociological, and administrative aspects of clinical care that lend well to interdisciplinary study and dialectical discussion, which lie at the core of Kelvin's mission. Our secondary objective is tied closely to the first, which is to provide our members with an enhanced ability to communicate, share, and inspire others to the ideas we discuss here, to catalyze conversation about ways our medical system can be incrementally improved.

How you may get involved

Kelvin is in the process of setting up a network of medical students and premeds across the United States. We also have a staff of student writers and editors investigating hot-button issues in healthcare from the perspective of medical humanism and health policy. If you are a medical student or premed looking to explore these issues, improve your communication skills, and connect with your peers, this is just the environment to do so. Our network already represents two universities and medical schools across three American states, and we are constantly on the lookout for new perspectives in medicine.

Our longer-term goal is to sponsor digital forums or conferences, where members can present mini research projects and discuss elements of clinical practice in a controlled and friendly setting. Though this is still a while away, these types of discussions are already happening here now. Whether you are a premed, medical student, or medical professional, we would be delighted to include you in the conversation.