“Come, and you will see.” – John 1:39
The Siloam Institute is an educational initiative of Siloam Family Health Center.
Our mission is . . . to create a welcoming, interdisciplinary context for training, dialogue, and research, which bridges the gap among the faith community, the medically underserved and academic medicine.
The Siloam Institute seeks to protect and harness these cross-pollinating influences into a unique “greenhouse” learning environment where future health care professionals are shaped by the dynamics of cross-cultural service within the Christian healing tradition.
While our core programs revolve around the whole person formation of health care professionals, the Institute also offers opportunities for the community to engage with the intersecting issues of faith, health, and culture.
The Siloam Institute of Faith, Health and Culture is birthed out of two decades of practical experience in whole-person health care (body, mind, spirit) and student mentoring at Siloam Family Health Center.
The Institute exists to deepen our own understanding and practice of this model and to pass on our core values to the next generation of health care practitioners. In so doing, we hope to engage diverse underserved patient populations, academic training institutions, clinics for the uninsured, and churches and other faith-based organizations.
We are called to:
- Inspire health care students and professionals to integrate Christian faith and medicine;
- Equip them to care for the whole person of any culture as Jesus modeled; and
- Send out servant leaders to further the healing mission of Siloam Family Health Center.
- We hope that the work of the Siloam Institute will motivate health professional students to embrace wholistic paradigms of care and make vocational choices to care for the underserved.
- The Siloam Institute will function as a research lab to evaluate the impact whole-person care has on the lives of our patients and to develop training tools for practitioners who want to become more effective preceptors in community-based settings.
- Finally, as we foster reflection and conversation around the overlapping domains of faith, health, and culture, we hope to see both the medical and faith communities mobilized towards more mutually beneficial engagement for the common good.
The Siloam Institute was created in 2010 to further Siloam Family Health Center’s healing mission and to address the growing need for more compassionate caregivers focused on serving impoverished communities.
As we have approached our capacity for treating patients at our current location, Siloam has decided to focus its future growth around transformational educational initiatives which can multiply our mission and core values through the lives of health professional trainees.
As such, the Institute represents a formalization and expansion of our longstanding but less formalized mentoring program. We believe that this new initiative will help young, developing, health professionals to catch the spirit of whole-person care and pursue it, as modeled by Jesus, wherever they practice. The new growth – without adding bricks and mortar – allows the fruit of Siloam’s labor to be grown on other’s trees.
Although the bulk of Siloam’s trainees over the years have been medical students and residents, the program has encompassed students from multiple disciplines, including nurses, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, pastors, dieticians and pharmacists. The interdisciplinary environment offers an array of services to the underserved while providing dynamic opportunities to train the next generation of health professionals.
Siloam Family Health Center’s richly diverse patient population, charitable atmosphere, and focus on whole-person care have combined to make it a highly sought-after site for clinical practicums.
While students from all universities are welcome to apply, the following list of schools represents some of our more regular and recent partners for clinical rotations at Siloam:
- Belmont University (Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work)
- East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
- Emory University College of Nursing
- Lipscomb University (Pharmacy, Social Work)
- Medical College of Georgia
- Meharry Medical College
- Middle Tennessee State University (Social Work)
- Tennessee State University (Physical Therapy, Social Work)
- Trevecca University (Physician Assistant)
- University of Alabama (Medicine Residency Program)
- University of Tennessee (Social Work)
- Vanderbilt University (Medicine, Nursing, Counseling)
Morgan Wills, MA, MD, FACP
Director of The Siloam Institute
Dr. Wills is the President and CEO at Siloam Family Health Center, focusing on immigrant/refugee health and the integration of faith and health. Prior to his 2013 appointment as the President and CEO, Dr. Wills served as Siloam’s senior internist since 2000. He serves as the founding Director for the Siloam Institute of Faith, Health and Culture, an educational initiative offering training for health care professions students in a whole-person approach to health care. He also serves as clinical faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical School, where he has taught about cross-cultural health care in multiple classroom contexts and has won teaching awards for his work as a clinical preceptor. He served as a part-time attending physician at the Nashville VA Medical Center between 2000 and 2008, and has directed faith-based service learning mission trips for more than 300 health professions students on four continents. Morgan earned his B.A. in history at Princeton University (1990), M.D. at Vanderbilt Medical School (1996), and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2000) and recently completed a Master’s degree in Marketplace Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia (2013).
Kristin Ehst Martel, MD
Director of the Primary Care Preceptorship Program
Dr. Martel has served since 2008 as a staff physician at Siloam Family Health Center, focusing on the uninsured populations as well as immigrant/refugee healthcare. She currently serves as an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics physician and is a preceptor for medical students and residents rotating through Siloam for their primary care clerkships and continuity clinics. During residency Dr. Martel was awarded membership in AOA and given the Housestaff Clinical Teaching Award for excellence in educating medical students. She earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt University (1999), M.D. at Vanderbilt Medical School (2003), completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Vanderbilt (2007) and then served as Pediatric Chief Resident at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in 2008.
Rachel joined Siloam Family Health Center in fall 2013 to provide administrative support. As the administrative assistant, she works alongside the directors to coordinate scheduling and the programs of The Siloam Institute. She recently graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, MO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business.