Through a collaboration among the Catholic Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the Coptic Medical Association of North America, and MacLaurinCSF, we are offering a series of retreats designed to encourage Christian formation of grad/professional students in healthcare fields.
Students training in healthcare fields at public universities like the University of Minnesota receive first-rate educations in their specialties. But given the secular nature of public higher education, Christian students receive little or no support for understanding how their faith affects their work in healthcare.
To remedy this, we’re offering a rotating series of overnight retreats—one each semester—so that students in medical, dental, pharmacy, and other healthcare programs can gain a Christian vision for their professions.
We’re pleased to announce that this semester’s retreat will focus on the topic “Healthcare and the Human Person.” Dr. Jon Tilburt, Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the Mayo Clinic, and other practicing healthcare professionals will join students to facilitate conversations concerning a Christian vision of the human person. Together we’ll discuss the ways that healthcare can be practiced with greater regard for the human person. We’ll explore why Christian healthcare professionals must not treat the patient as an isolated set of physical symptoms, but seek healing and care in ways that are consistent with a Christian understanding of the person as a bodily, spiritual, moral, and communal being.
The retreat will take place March 18-19 at a retreat center in Montgomery, MN. Registration costs $25, and includes four meals and lodging, as well as all retreat materials and readings. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.
What to expect on the retreat:
- learning together about a Christian vision of human personhood through presentations and small group discussions
- conversation and fellowship with other students and practitioners in a variety of healthcare fields
- time for quiet reflection
- prayer and worship together
To register for this retreat, please fill out this Google form. We welcome students from outside of the U of M to register, but because space is limited, students from the U of M who register by March 4 will have priority. If you have questions, email Andrew Hansen, program director at MacLaurinCSF.