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The student will gain an exposure to the principles of an integrative approach to spirituality and pastoral care in the medical setting by working with hospital chaplains, the interdisciplinary palliative care team, social workers, ethics committee, and clergy from the community. The student will distinguish spirituality from religion and receive an introduction to providing care to patients of all faiths and backgrounds. The student will spend the majority of their time with hospital chaplains. This will include: developing an integrative approach to spirituality and medicine with the chaplain, rounding with the chaplain in both inpatient and outpatient clinical areas, shadowing chaplains in patient and family spiritual care visits, shadowing family meetings arranged by the palliative care team, and engaging in regular interdisciplinary meetings of the palliative care team. The student is encouraged to identify one or more topics within spirituality for specific focus.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org )

Director: Rev. James Hilleson , M.Div., Th.M.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Communicate students� conceptualization of the patient as person to include dimensions of spiritual beliefs and needs (SBP2)

  • 2) Describe how patients� spiritual belief systems impact their health (SBP2)
  • 3) Recognize how the student�s spiritual beliefs impact his or her practice of medicine (SBP2)
  • 4) Describe the value of the chaplain as a member of the interdisciplinary team (SBP1)


  • 1.Professional Development Evaluation Form 2. George Washington University Institute for Spirituality & Health modules (www.gwumc.edu/gwish/ficacou...); 10-question quiz based on material. 3. Completion of a patient case presentation by the student. 4. Direct observation (by faculty member) of patient visit in assessing and appropriately responding to spiritual needs.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40 (typically 8:30am � 4:30pm M-F)

Time Distribution: 60% Clinical, 20% Library/Research, 20% lecture/seminar

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org ) Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

The course director serves as chaplain on the palliative care team, which meets regularly as an interdisciplinary team to collaborate on the plan of care for our current patients. There are also opportunities to attend interdisciplinary huddles related to patients with complex medical and psycho-spiritual needs.

Service Learning Included: None