spirituality and medicine:
curriculum development project


Distance learning spirituality SSCs?


Teaching about spirituality in UK medical schools is currently fairly patchy, depending on the enthusiasm of individual members of staff in particular institutions. Using technology such as video conferencing, the possibility exists for medical schools with particularly well developed SSC to open these up to students from other institutions where less may be on offer. As long as proper safeguards are put in place about the suitability of content, there may even be the opportunity for faith groups to run modules in which students can study illness and healings within the context of that religion.

All medical schools have different formats for SSCs - in some they are full-time courses lasting two or four weeks; in others students are assigned a session or two per week for a longer period of time. Any course to be followed by students from other insitutions would have to be sufficiently flexible to fit in with these difference in timetabling. One option is to have online modules that students can work through, supplemented by conference calls with other students and an academic supervisor, lists of reading to work through and a written assignment on which students can be assessed.



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.