Program on Medicine and Religion

Religious Dimensions of Healthcare Delivery: A Multidisciplinary Workshop

March 2-3, 2019

Swift Hall, University of Chicago

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  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Program on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago
  • University of Basel
  • University of Chicago Divinity School
  • University of Tubingen

By initiating conversations between allied health professionals including clinicians and chaplains, this multidisciplinary workshop will:

  • Highlight relationships between religious dimensions of health and healthcare delivery

  • Foster collaboration among allied health professionals to improve delivery of care

  • Assist health care professionals to understand the spiritual care resources available in a hospital

  • Enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to serve as advisers, counselors, and navigators to patients

  • Facilitate the incorporation of patients’ religious perspectives into healthcare interactions, including decision-making conversations

The workshop will be divided into 4 sessions, each comprising of an inter-religious panel presentation and a facilitated small group discussion or skill-building exercise. The session topics will include:

  • Definitions of Health and the Production of Health in Society

  • Professional Boundaries and Knowing When to Collaborate

  • Suffering and Pain: A Religious Healthcare Perspective

  • Vulnerability as Liability and Possibility: Religious & Professional Explorations

This activity is worth up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 10 CE Credits.



CME provided by:

CE provided by:

Caroline Anglim, PhD student
Univ. of Chicago Divinity School

Kifah Mustapha, MTh
Orland Park Prayer Center

Seher Siddiqee, MA
Spiritual Life at Univ. of Chicago

Andrea Bieler, PhD
Univ. of Basel Dept. of Theology


Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc
Univ. of Chicago Medicine

Wesley Sun, MDiv
Univ. of Chicago Divinity School



 Yousef Casewit, MA, MPhil, PhD
Univ. of Chicago Divinity School

Matthew Richards, MA, MDiv
UChicago Social Service Admin

Polly Toner, MDiv, PBCC, OTR/L
Spiritual Care at Univ of Chicago




Cynthia G. Lindner, DMin
Univ. of Chicago Divinity School

Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Martin Wendte, PhD
Univ. of Tübingen Dept. of Theology


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Islamic Medical Association of North America and University of Chicago. The Islamic Medical Association of North America is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004. This program satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence requirement for social workers.