Practice & Presence: Medical Schools Explore Spirituality

Five years ago, medical students at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago began asking for a more formal way to engage questions of faith and medicine. While the Jesuit Catholic University has a robust mission culture, still more was needed. In response, the school developed The Physician’s Vocation Program, a four-year formation experience for medical students now directed by John Hardt, PhD.

The program enrolls students from a wide variety of Christian denominations to explore one’s self-identity at the intersection of faith and medicine. Through academic coursework, spiritual formation, a commitment to service and prayer, and conversation with classmates and faculty, it seeks to foster and explore medicine as a calling. The third year includes traditional Ignatian exercises of prayer, meditation, and reflection under the guidance of a spiritual director.

“Loyola’s program is not for doctors to evangelize patients. It’s to integrate your faith as a Christian and your life as a practicing doctor,” Hardt emphasized. “Witnessing to God’s love through one’s actions ‘cuts across any religious boundary.’”

John Hardt will be one of the featured guests at the upcoming Practice & Presence gathering.

Read more about this program and others (including TMC) here.


Register For Practice & Presence

Duke Divinity School,  May 19-21, 2017

Over the course of three days, we explore and re-imagine the connections of vocation and faith, and tune our hearts and minds to find God present in all aspects of our work. We will engage in contemplative reading of scripture, spiritual practices of reflection, and learn from Ignatian practices of discernment and decision-making as they apply to our callings. Please consider joining us for this opportunity to grow in friendship and fellowship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship.