Bioethics & Professionalism (BP)
|Dept. Contact||William Schmilke|
|Department:||Bioethics & Professionalism|
|Course Title:||Spiritual Exercises & the Practice of Medicine|
|No. of Students:||1|
|Supervisor:||Michael McCarthy, PhD; David DeMarco, SJ, MD; John Hardt, PhD|
|Periods Offered:||Year round|
|Prerequisite:||Fourth year standing.|
Acceptance for program pending approval from supervisors/instructors.
For questions about this elective, contact Michael McCarthy (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Bioethics.
The Spiritual Exercises are an opportunity to reflect more deeply on one’s call to the practice of medicine through a mostly silent retreat. Many Stritch students cite a high sense of calling to the profession of medicine. Maintaining that high sense of calling has been demonstrated to lower reports of burnout. Thus, fourth year represents a critical juncture for a medical professional to become reinvigorated by their call to practice medicine. One of the key indicators for maintaining a high sense of calling to medicine, for those who report spirituality and religion as important to them, is deepening one’s spirituality.
This fourth year elective offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with one’s sense of spirituality and call to medicine through participating in St. Ignatius Loyola’s 30-day Spiritual Exercises at an off-site retreat center. Over the four weeks students will participate in a set of “spiritual exercises” with the help of a spiritual director at one of the available retreat centers https://jesuits.org/retreat-centers. At the conclusion of the elective, students should be able to articulate the importance of spirituality as a key component of their personal and professional life as a future physician. Finally, students are expected to research and enroll for the retreat at their own cost, though some scholarship opportunities may be available upon request.
|Method of Evaluation:||Final paper and closing interview with course director.|