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Spirit of Medicine program seeks applications

May 9, 2013

Medical students interested in participating in a reading and discussion program are sought for the Spirit of Medicine program starting in August.

Participants will meet once a month from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss seminal readings and meet with thought leaders in spirituality and medicine. Sessions will be led by Richard B. Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., and Emily Beckman, DMH, and will include dinner.

Dr. Gunderman is a professor of radiology and imaging sciences and pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and a professor of philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Dr. Beckman is an assistant clinical professor of medical humanities at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Participants will also attend two lectures held in collaboration with the Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program and the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, presented by notable visiting scholars, with whom Spirit of Medicine participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversation.  

Medicine deals not only with the human body but also with the human spirit, and excelling as a physician frequently requires knowledge, experience and skill in both domains.

Applications should include contact information, educational background and current IU School of Medicine status (year in school and campus) in addition to a one-page statement of interest explaining in detail why the applicant is interested in the program, and how participation might make a significant difference in the applicant’s future in medicine.

The deadline for applications is Saturday, June 1. Please send completed applications to medhum@iupui.edu or mail to:

Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
425 University Boulevard, Cavanaugh Hall Room 406
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

This program is funded by the IU Health Values fund. 

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