spirituality and medicine:
curriculum development project


Belfast spirituality and surgery SSC

At Queen's University, Belfast, an optional course is run for a small number of students bringing together the perhaps unlikely bedfellows spirituality and surgery. It is run at a peripheral hospital to which students are sent on clinical firms, by a surgeon with an interest in spiritual healing. Time is split between clinical surgery and hospital chaplaincy - students follow chaplains on ward rounds and when seeing patients referred to them. Students are encouraged to think about both the surgical and the spiritual issues facing patients who are in hospital.

As well as this students undertake a project looking at one particular aspect of spirituality in surgery. There are also more structured sessions where students are taught how to take a spiritual history, and they are then expected to practice this with patients when out with either surgeons or chaplains. The course also offers many informal opportunities to talk with chaplains about the nature of their work, and opportunities to see practicing doctors putting the principles of spiritual care into practice.


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The Spirituality and Medicine Curriculum Development Project is funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.