The Practice of Spirituality and the Practice of Medicine: Worlds Apart or Overlapping?

This was the title of a lecture I attended today at St. Mary’s College.

Harold G. Koenig, M.D., M.HSc. spoke about the relationship between spirituality and the practice of medicine. Here are my takeaways:

  • 90% of people use religion in the process of dealing with crisis
  • Spiritual assessments are part of the Joint Commission Standards
  • Doctors usually don’t do spiritual assessments / histories
  • Most undergraduates leave during the discussion

Links: Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, The Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health

Michael Miller, Jr.