Medical-Spirituality Conference

2017

Pediatric Health and Healing: Exploring the Spiritual and Emotional Needs of Our Young Patients

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Sinclair Conference Center | 301 W. Fourth St., Dayton OH 45402

Keynote Presenters

Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, Ph.D.

The Rev. Dr. Cheryl V. Minor is the director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood, the academic/publishing arm of the Godly Play Foundation. For the past 19 years she has served a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Parish of All Saints’ Church in Belmont. Minor is also a Godly Play trainer and has been deeply involved in designing the Godly Play Foundation’s training models.

She has a degree in music education from Boston University, an M.Div. degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northcentral University in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her dissertation examined the impact of Godly Play on the spiritual well-being of children. Last summer she was in residence at Children’s Health – Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where Godly Play has been used as the chief pastoral intervention for the past 30 years.

Chaplain Ryan Campbell

Ryan Campbell is a Roman Catholic ecclesial lay minister. He received a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. He completed his clinical pastoral education training at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He has been board-certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He served for two years as a staff chaplain at UT Southwestern University Hospitals, St. Paul and Zale-Lipshy, and is currently on staff at Children’s Medical Center Dallas as program manager for the Center for the Spirituality of Children.

Campbell also ministers to patients, families and staff in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. He has completed a graduate certificate in the spiritual guidance of children at General Theological Seminary in New York, studying under the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman. His interests in ministry include children’s spirituality, palliative care, grief and bereavement care.


Conference Schedule

8:45-9 a.m.: Welcome
9-10:15 a.m.: Rev. Dr. Cheryl Minor
10:15-10:45 a.m.: Break & Refreshments
10:45-noon: Chaplain Ryan Campbell
Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch
1-2 p.m.: Breakout Session 1
2-2:20 p.m.: Break/Switch Sessions
2:20-3:20 p.m.: Breakout Session 2
3:20-3:45 p.m.: Break & Refreshments
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion
4:30-4:45 p.m.: Closing & Evaluations


Conference Fee

Physicians: $150 ($175 after March 27)
General: $75 ($85 after March 27)
Seniors: $65 ($75 after March 27)
Students: $35 ($40 after March 27)
Residents: $35 ($40 after March 27)
Boonshoft School of Medicine Students: Free


Continuing Education

Information is forthcoming.


Conference Sponsors

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsors at This Level

Visionary: $10,000

  • Sponsor name in all conference materials
  • Special mention at conference.
  • Sponsor name on prominent signage displayed at the conference.
  • Complimentary table for eight at the conference.
  • Dayton Children's Hospital
  • Premier Health

Inspirational: $5,000

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Sponsor name on prominent signage at the conference.
  • Special mention at the conference.
  • Complimentary tickets for six to the conference.
  • Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association

Encouragement: $1,000

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Sponsor name will be acknowledged at the conference.
  • Complimentary tickets for four to the conference.

 

Support: $300

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Complimentary tickets for two to the conference.

 


For more information

For more information, contact Nicki Crellin, associate director for advancement, at nicki.crellin@wright.edu or (937) 245-7628.

2016

April 14, 2016: The Heart Speaks: An Integrative Approach to Cardiovascular Health

Featured presenter: Mimi Guarneri, M.D., FACC, ABIHM

Dr. Mimi Guarneri

Dr. Mimi Guarneri is a much sought-after speaker who lectures internationally. Board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine, Guarneri is president of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, senior advisor to the Atlantic Health System for the Center for Well Being and Integrative Medicine and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She founded and directed Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine for 15 years. She founded and directs Guarneri Integrative Health Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla. She earned her medical degree at SUNY Medical Center in New York, where she graduated number one in her class. Guarneri served her internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center and then completed cardiology fellowships at both New York University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic.

She is the author of The Heart Speaks (Simon & Schuster 2007), a poignant collection of stories from heart patients who have benefited from integrative medicine. The Heart Speaks and Guarneri’s clinical work were featured in a two-part PBS documentary, The New Medicine, on NBC’s Today Show, and on PBS’s To the Contrary and Full Focus. The Heart Speaks also was optioned for a scripted television series.

Guarneri also has authored many articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Echocardiography and the Annals of Internal Medicine, and she is regularly quoted in national publications such as the Yoga Journal, Body+Soul, Trustee magazine and WebMD.


Conference Sponsors

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsors at This Level

Visionary: $10,000

  • Sponsor name in all conference materials
  • Special mention at conference.
  • Sponsor name on prominent signage displayed at the conference.
  • Complimentary table for eight at the conference.

 

  • Hospice of Dayton
  • Premier Health
  • The Heart Institute of Dayton

Inspirational: $5,000

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Sponsor name on prominent signage at the conference.
  • Special mention at the conference.
  • Complimentary tickets for six to the conference.
  • Miami Valley Hospital Medical Staff

Encouragement: $1,000

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Sponsor name will be acknowledged at the conference.
  • Complimentary tickets for four to the conference.
  • Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association
  • Montgomery County Medical Society

Support: $300

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Complimentary tickets for two to the conference.
  • SpringCreek Fertility, Jeremy Groll, M.D.

Rekindling the Flame: Bringing the Persective of your Heart Into Your Service Work

Dr. Rachel RemenA two-day, 12-hour workshop in personal and professional resilience with Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

April 15 & 16, 2016 | Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing, 12000 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg, Ohio 45432

This workshop was for health professionals interested in exploring and strengthening the personal meaning of their work, implementing innovative strategies of professional self-care, reinvigorating their service intention and learning how to create an ongoing community approach to the exploration and deepening of the experience of meaning in their professional lives.

The fast growing epidemic of compassion fatigue among health professionals has stimulated the search for etiology and the development of new approaches of prevention and recovery. Recent research suggests that the capacity to find personal meaning in your work is highly correlated with professional and personal resiliency and the experience of deep satisfaction in service work.

Using reflection, poetry, symbolism, narrative, art, journaling, generous listening and small group sharing, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., will enable workshop participants to revisit their original calling, discover the personal meaning hidden in their daily routine and reclaim their passion for their profession. Come prepared to remember why you chose your work and recover the deep satisfaction of being a health professional.


Rekindling the Flame Sponsors

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsors at This Level

Visionary: $10,000

  • Sponsor name in all conference materials
  • Special mention at conference.
  • Sponsor name on prominent signage displayed at the conference.

 

  • Hospice of Dayton

Inspirational: $5,000

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Sponsor name on prominent signage at the conference.
  • Special mention at the conference.
 

Encouragement: $1,000

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
  • Sponsor name will be acknowledged at the conference.
  • Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association
  • Montgomery County Medical Society

Support: $300

  • Listing of sponsorship in the program.
 

2015

The Healing Power of Stories

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Sinclair Conference Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton OH 45402

Humans are innate storytellers. We share our stories as a means of making sense of others and ourselves. Yet more than the telling of tales, narratives are profoundly steeped in personal, cultural and institutional values and beliefs. The narratives we share speak to our lived and living experience across these various terrains. In the clinic, narratives are increasingly revered for their role as therapeutic devices; stories speak to illness in ways that move us beyond the physical mechanics of understanding bodies, illness and care. Understanding the role of stories in health and healing is a critical component of enhancing patient-centered care and reducing physician burnout. It is in learning how to listen through the stories we both tell and interpret that physicians and patients alike can find a means of navigating the complex challenges in our contemporary health care systems.

Increasingly, medical professionals have been called to practice more efficient, effective care in less time, often leaving both physicians and patients depleted and unsatisfied. Narrative medicine involves the practice of attending to stories of illness in ways that engage practitioners and patients in compassionate, therapeutic care. The process is grounded in deep listening and reflection. Stories that emerge in the midst of illness and associated chaos provide extraordinary opportunities for us all to communicate in ways that promote more open, honest communication and trust. In learning to listen with intention and reflect with purpose, patient narratives can expand an ability to understand illness, others, and ourselves in ways that advance our ability to care for each other.

In this conference we will address the role of narrative in developing skills to assist providers in moving from an emphasis on detached concern to one of engaged concern and care. Engaged concern makes way for patients and providers to advance relationships that promote deeper empathy as well as greater personal and professional reflection and increased ethic of care. Workshops based on narrative theories assist participants in developing skills that will enhance resiliency, reduce practitioner burn out and strengthen communication between physicians and patients.

Featured Presenter: Lynn M. Harter, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn M. HarterLynn M. Harter, Ph.D., is Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Guided by narrative and feminist sensibilities, her scholarly agenda focuses on the communicative construction of possibility as individuals and groups organize for survival and social change amidst embodied differences.

Her research encompasses a range of issues, including pediatric cancer care, disability-related concerns, the organizing of health care for underserved populations, poverty and homelessness. The various strands of her program of research are connected by a primary concern: how symbolic, material and corporeal resources foster resiliency among individuals facing vulnerable and difficult life circumstances.

She coproduced the award-winning PBS documentary “The Art of the Possible,” which chronicles the journeys of five families living with a member’s cancer, its treatment and what remains in the aftermath. She is author of Imagining New Normals: A Narrative Framework for Health Communication, has published more than 75 journal articles and book chapters and edited three award-winning scholarly books. She lives in Athens, Ohio, with her husband, Scott, daughter, Emma Grace, and basset hounds, Ned and Cleo.


2015 Physician Retreat: Caring for the Soul of Medicine

Narrative Medicine

Friday, April 17, 2015 | Harmony Farms | 5578 S. State Route 202 | Tipp City, OH 45371

Dr. Rita CharonFeatured presenter: Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Program in Narrative Medicine and professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, originated the field of narrative medicine and, with colleagues from Columbia University’s faculty in medicine and arts and  sciences, has developed the intellectual and clinical principles and practices of the discipline. She has published and lectured extensively on the ways in which narrative training helps to increase empathy and reflection in health professionals and students.  She is editor-in-chief of the journal Literature and Medicine and principal investigator on research projects that study patient-physician communication and the outcomes of narrative training for medical students and health professionals.

She practices general internal medicine in the Medicine Clinic at Presbyterian Hospital. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, Veteran’s Administration and many private foundations, Charon’s research, scholarship and teaching treat topics of narrative medicine, narrative ethics and narratology. She lectures and publishes widely on the narrative dimensions of health and illness. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness and the coeditor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics and Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine.

She earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.

Previous Conferences

Medical-Spirituality Conferences have been sponsored by Boonshoft School of Medicine since 2009. Here is a list of our speakers.

Year

Subject

Presenters

2014

Mindful Practice: Compassion and Resilience

Ronald Epstein M.D., Mick Krasner, M.D., FACP

2013

Patient Centered Care

Abraham Verghese, M.D., Christina Puchalski, M.D., M.S.

2012

Care of the Soul in Medicine

Thomas Moore, Ph.D.

2011

Spirituality Beliefs and Values: Spiritual Needs and Crucial Conversations at the End of Life

Doug C. Smith, M.Div., M.A., M.S.

2010

Connections of the Heart

Annette Jo Giarrante, M.Div., CPCC

2009

The Heart and Soul of Medicine

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

About the Healer’s Art Fund

Med-Spirit-Candle-300px.pngProceeds from the Medical-Spirituality Conferences go to support the Healer’s Art Fund at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The Healer’s Art Fund was created to help address an emerging crisis in healthcare: the growing loss of meaning and commitment experienced by physicians nationwide under the stresses of today’s health care system. We have taken a two-pronged approach to help both students and practicing physicians develop the capacity to find lifelong meaning in this most noble of professions. We are educating tomorrow’s physicians through our Healer’s Art course, and we are sustaining today’s physicians through our annual Medical-Spirituality Conference.

More than 800 Wright State medical students have taken the Healer’s Art course since it was first offered at the medical school in 2005. The origin of this unique program is from the medical school curriculum designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

The course’s innovative educational strategy is based on a discovery model, drawing on tested approaches and theories from fields such as humanistic psychology, formational theory and cognitive and Jungian psychology. Our program is extremely popular among students, and they describe the experience as unique in their professional training.

To reach out to practicing physicians and others in the medical and religious community, our first Medical-Spirituality Conference was held in April 2009 featuring Dr. Remen as guest speaker. The event drew more than 500 participants and laid the foundation for the Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference. The Healer’s Art Fund was created to provide direct support for our two initiatives: The Healer’s Art program within the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Medical-Spirituality Conference for practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Last edited on 12/06/2016.