What if you were given the opportunity to design an educational curriculum that had as its purpose the teaching and learning of healing? What would you emphasize? How would you do it? Are there examples? Does the healing goal exist under another name?
What I have found is this healing curriculum is identified by a variety of titles but only rarely is the word “healing” used. The reasons are complicated particularly in our Western culture. For me the opportunity to see and live this curriculum has been in Africa. Here is what I can recommend from what I have found:
- We need to use the word healing.
- We need to name healing when we see it happen in our patients.
- We need to name healing when we are the recipients as physicians, nurses and therapists
- We need to teach healing in our relationship with students and patients.
The best part of being in healthcare has been being a part of the larger story of healing. It is a sustainable prescription to a suffering world.
Boudreau JD; Cassell EJ; Fuks A. A healing curriculum. Medical Education. 41(12):1193-201, 2007 Dec.
Previous blog references:
Hage, M. L. (2009). Healing at Tenwek.
Hage, M. L. (2010). Christian Surgical Mentoring.
Hage, M. L. (2012). Educational Partnerships.
Hage, M.L. (2012) Burnout and “Path Report”