Spirituality and Healing in Medicine

Sites: HMS
Director(s): John Peteet
Prerequisites: Enrollment in or completion of Patient-Doctor I.
Offered: Spring. 1/28/2020 - 4/28/2020; Tues 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This course provides students with a framework for understanding the spiritual dimension of issues they will confront in the practice of medicine. These include patients' struggles with questions of faith, spiritual approaches to problems such as life threatening illness or addiction, and the personal commitments that underline professionalism. Faculty will offer a model approaching these issues, lead discussion using clinical examples, and facilitate opportunities for extra- classroom experiences, such as working with a hospital chaplain or with spiritual or faith-based programs of healing. Invited presentations from chaplains, clergy and physicians will explore the implications for medicine of various religious and secular traditions, and issues surrounding the role of the clinician in responding to spiritual needs. They will also serve as resources for presentations by students to the class.