About the Seminar
The Columbia Commons IPE seminar brings together faculty and students from nine professional health schools to learn how to support effective health care teams here at the medical center. This is the eighth year of this campus-wide seminar, previously called the Columbia/Macy Seminar, which originated with a grant from the Macy Foundation and is now supported by the Columbia Commons IPE: Collaboration Across Professions team. Knowing how critical well-functioning teams are in the care of the sick and the improvement of the health of the public, we want to develop the wherewithal to work seamlessly, effectively, and respectfully together. The seminar opens up urgent questions about health, illness, and care while absorbing each of our many perspectives on these topics, and at the completion of the class students will receive designation as a Columbia Commons Scholar.
These seminars are eleven-week long classes focusing on a topic with an emphasis on orientating students to the philosophy and methods of Narrative Medicine. Through small group work, the students will develop narrative skills of close reading, attentive listening, and creative writing. In doing so, a clearing is created in which all students are able to develop trust in and respect for one another.
Student Seminar Experiences
“Relationships and Spaces of Care was a highlight of my medical education so far. The opportunity to reflect on what I bring as a person to my role as a medical provider, and work closely with students from other professional schools to begin formulating an understanding of our relative perspectives and capacities to contribute was both unique and invaluable. The balance of personal writing and group discussion offered a rich experience that I wish every person at the CUMC campus could experience. I could not recommend this seminar nor the IPE narrative medicine experience more highly.”
“My Columbia Commons IPE Seminar, Health Care Justice, experience is one of the highlights of my time at Columbia, and has absolutely shaped my relationship to this campus. I am incredibly grateful for having had the opportunity to think critically about the structural inequities underlying health with students from across the healthcare schools – I highly recommend it!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Spirituality and Healthcare Seminar and appreciated the opportunity to learn about engaging with patients and their spirituality. The interprofessional nature of the seminar provided an environment for meeting students from other healthcare programs and learning about their future professions that is missing from our medical curriculum. One of the highlights was shadowing a chaplain at the hospital – listening to the chaplain comfort a patient as he worried about the future of his wife and daughter after he passed away ranks as one of the most powerful moments of my medical education so far. I would highly recommend this experience to all first years!”
“The IPE seminar on Health and Healthcare spaces was the best course I have taken during medical school. We went from birth until life, exploring each theme from different angles and seeing how it applied to our roles as providers on a healthcare team. For me, many of the themes had been brought up by other aspects of medical school, but I had never felt like I really had the time to think deeply about them, discuss them, and process them until this seminar. I am so happy and thankful that I had this experience.”
The application deadline for the 2019 Seminar is December 12th by 5pm.
Applications are now closed.
Students will be informed of a decision by December 17th at 5pm.
Classes will begin the week of January 29th, 2019 and end the week of April 30th.
Spring 2019 Course Offerings
Relationships of Care and the Spaces of Care
Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm
Michael Devlin, MD and TBD
This seminar will open up questions of the nature of the therapeutic relationship and the ways in which spaces influence the care provided. What has to happen for care to occur? What is required of the ones being cared for and the ones caring? What does care mean within the interprofessional team? What constitutes a healing environment and how is this reflected in the physical spaces in which care takes place (emergency rooms, birthing rooms, clinic offices, home hospice)? These questions apply to spaces and care intended for individuals, families, communities and populations. We will consider issues of intimacy, embodiment, relationality, boundaries, interior states of caring or not caring. We will probe how one prepares oneself for the life of caring and how one attempts to cope with the inevitability of suffering and death. We will consider the implications of these issues for everyday personal and professional experiences.
Aging and End-of-Life
Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm
Letty Moss-Salentijn, DDS, PhD, Mark Nathanson, MD
Health Care Justice and the Care of the Underserved
Thursday, 5:30-7:00 pm
Kristen Slesar, LCSW, MS
Health care access and equity is a central issue in today’s sociopolitical climate. For millions of Americans, availability of health care is worsening; for millions more, lack of health care access and equity has been normative, an everyday scourge of institutionalized racism, sexism, and classism. Using a lens of structural violence and intersectionality, this seminar will examine various forms of health care disparity and injustice and their history in the United States. We will focus on historically and currently targeted (or neglected) populations, emphasizing health care access and outcomes for Persons of Color, women, persons who identify as trans, impoverished communities, Veterans, and persons who are incarcerated. The seminar will move from a survey of institutions/systems to the challenge of structural competency in one-on-one interactions between providers, their peers, and patients.
Spirituality and Healthcare
Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm
Naomi Kalish, ACPE, BCC, and Ssanyu Birigwa, MS
Illness and hospitalization are often the site for engagement with spirituality and religion and of existential exploration of meaning and meaning-making. In this seminar, students will gain an introduction to the provision of spiritual care in healthcare settings from an inter-disciplinary approach. Students will learn a conceptual understanding of religion, spirituality, and culture through an intersectional approach that addresses power differentials and health disparities. This approach will incorporate the provision of spiritual care to people from diverse backgrounds including that of the atheist and those who identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Students will have the opportunity to shadow a staff chaplain on a spiritual care visit. Students will learn how to conduct a Spiritual Care Screening. Students will learn basic skills for responding to spiritual distress, such as when people ask questions such as “Why me?” or “Why is God doing this to me?” For too long, there has been a felt taboo against asking patients directly about their beliefs, practices or faith concerns. Some guests will join us in the seminar from diverse interdisciplinary approaches in the Intensive Care Unit and from the patient family members.
In exploring the relational model of care, the seminar will include room for consideration and contemplation of our own belief systems, practices, and relationships to faith – or the lack of faith – in the face of illness. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own experience of training to be healthcare providers and their wellness strategies.
For questions on the seminar itself, please contact Joseph Eveld at email@example.com.
For questions about registration with your school, please contact your school’s Commons representative:
Dr. Moneek Madra