Grace Prescriptions

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It’s astounding to think of the number of opportunities afforded us in the medical profession to meet people in times of their deepest need. As Christians in this field, we are called to become the visual aids of what God is like to those who may never step through church doors. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to read the story about a woman whose life was dramatically changed by the love she encountered from a Christian surgeon. Stories like these remind us of the deeper meaning of our work in medicine.

There’s no substitute to the fulfillment that comes from encountering our patients with the love and kindness that God has called us to show. But as a Christian medical professional, treading the waters where faith and medicine intersect can seem murky with the feeling of being ill-equipped to approach the topic of faith with patients.  Yet it is this patient–provider relationship that provides such rich ground to plant seeds of spiritual hope in patients as they face their hours of deepest hurt and fear.  Every interaction is spiritually significant.

On the weekend of February 6-7th, Siloam will host Grace Prescriptions – a conference designed specifically for Christian medical practitioners to become equipped to integrate their faith with their practice.  Formerly known as “The Saline Solution,” Grace Prescriptions is a training paradigm pioneered by the Christian Medical and Dental Association.  Written by Bill Peel and Dr. Walt Larimore, the curriculum is designed to explore the topic of spirituality in healthcare and equip those of us in the medical profession to integrate faith into our practice.

These have been exciting weeks of preparation for a weekend we truly believe will bring refreshment and a new sense of purpose to those eager to integrate their faith with their practice. If you, or your team, are interested in finding out more about this event, please visit our event website here.

We would love to see you there!

Duke Divinity School Announces New Fellowship Program

With the goal to equip Christians to faithfully engage their vocations in health care, Duke Divinity School has announced the creation of a new fellowship program open to students and practitioners in health professions.

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Dr. Farr Curlin, a long-time friend of Siloam and a regular speaker at the Christian Community Health Fellowship conferences, is leading this initiative and we invite you to consider their announcement below:

Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship Announced

The Theology, Medicine, and Culture (TMC) initiative at Duke Divinity School is pleased to announce the creation of a new fellowship program for Fall 2015.

We invite students and practitioners in health professions, as well as others with full-time vocations to health-related contexts, to participate in a program of theological formation that will equip them for faithful, disciplined, and creative engagement with contemporary practices of health care.

TMC Fellows will study in one of the residential master’s degree programs of Duke Divinity School (MACS, MTS, MDiv, ThM), and will combine this academic study with structured mentorship, retreats and seminars, and church and community-based practica.  Through special grant support, the Fellowship will offer students tuition grants of at least 50 percent for the first year of study with additional scholarship support available on a competitive basis.

Current applicants to any of the degree programs at Duke Divinity School are eligible for the fellowship.  To apply, please:

1.)    Indicate your interest in the fellowship in the personal statement that is submitted with the degree program application

2.)    Submit a separate 1-2 page Statement of Interest in the fellowship to DukeTMC@div.duke.edu.

The applications for this fellowship will be considered on a rolling basis.  We strongly encourage applications be submitted by March 1.  For more information please see: http://sites.duke.edu/tmcfellowship/

Our vision is that the TMC Fellowship will equip the Church’s ministers and its healers with an imagination for faithfully engaging their vocations with respect to health and medicine—that they would be salt and light in the varied contexts and communities they inhabit.

For more information about the TMC initiative, see http://divinity.duke.edu/tmc

More gift ideas for the toughies…

If you have a tough person to buy for this Christmas season, consider a gift to Siloam in their honor.  Here are a few options…

Bus Passes

Siloam is a short walking distance from the bus line. The gift of a $10 Metro bus pass will help our patients who struggle with transportation to make their clinic appointments.

Community Health Outreach

Siloam is committed to equipping and training “lay health workers” within our patients’ diverse ethnic communities to foster healing and wholeness among their own people groups. They are the experts on their rich cultural histories and traditions, and they know best how to reach their own people. Siloam provides health education, resources and encouragement to these lay health workers – and they in turn provide the same to their communities.

Your $250 gift can help cover the cost of transportation, educational materials and resources for lay health workers.

Check out more options at our website: www.SiloamHealth.org/gifts.

Struggling to find just the right gift…

If you have a tough person to buy for this Christmas season, consider a gift to Siloam in their honor.  Here are a few options…

Gift Cards

Many of Siloam’s patients struggle to put healthy food on the table for their families.

A $10 gift card can make all the difference in a patient’s ability to buy nutritious food. Gift cards can also be used to purchase someone’s medications at a nearby pharmacy.

Refugee Hygiene Welcome Bags

Siloam sees more than 90 refugees each month for their required health screenings upon arrival to the U.S. We welcome each family or individual with a personalized bag filled with items like soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner which are not covered by food stamps. These items will help make their transition to their new life a lot healthier.

Your gift of $75 can help provide hygiene products for up to 20 newly arrived refugees.

Check out more options at our website: www.SiloamHealth.org/gifts.

 

 

 

Cost-Conscious Care

Editor’s Note: One of the features of completing a clinical rotation at Siloam is learning about “poverty medicine” – delivering cost-conscious care. Andrew Wu, a 4th year Vanderbilt medical and master of public health student recently rotated at Siloam.  Andrew writes of his experience…

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Dr. Brent Snader serves as a preceptor to 4th-yr Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student Andrew Wu.

One of my first learning experiences was an opportunity to learn how to practice in a cost-effective manner. A patient needed to be screened for colon cancer, which is normally done with a colonoscopy. However, due to financial constraints for this patient population, the alternative strategy of a fecal occult test was used in lieu of colonoscopy at this clinic. I found it interesting that these “alternative” methods were actually the standard for this particular patient population. In nearly all of my training, I was used to having almost unlimited resources at my fingertips. I could order labs and procedures without thinking much about the cost since they were either allowed for educational purposes or simply because the hospital could afford it. However, practicing at Siloam has allowed me to taste a bit of the reality of the cost behind the medical practice and how to appropriately adjust for it.

Joseph Pearce: Healing through a Fairy-tale

Those who work in healthcare are no strangers to the struggles their patients face in the areas of suffering and addiction. As ones whose work is to heal, we are brushing against the hurt underlying the physical symptoms we diagnose, but how do we navigate the messy waters of another person’s suffering and their methods of coping?

It was G.K. Chesterton who once wrote, “The more truly we can see life as a fairy-tale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the dragon who is wasting fairyland.” Through the lens of a story, we are often provided an understanding to our own human psychology that provides unprecedented value to our approach to healing.

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Joseph Pearce, writer of the recent book, “Bilbo’s Pilgrimage” and Director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture, will be speaking on the connection between Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series and its way of imaginatively reflecting on reality in a lecture titled, “Suffering, Addiction and Healing in The Lord of the Rings.” This lecture, presented by St. Thomas Health, will be held on October 21st at Saint Cecilia Academy on the Dominican Campus.

If you live in the Nashville area, we encourage you to consider attending Joseph Pearce’s lecture and to be inspired to see the struggles & addictions that you and your patients face in a whole new light.

Please view this flyer for more information about the event and the availability of CME.

Contact mdreger@sth.org for more information and to RSVP.