How to Heal

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This new series in Medical Humanities is a monthly luncheon seminar that invites students across the healthcare community to engage with veteran practitioners and faculty on concrete, clinical issues that prompt more fundamental questions: what does it mean to heal? how does one measure wellness? how do doctors and nurses determine when their responsibility for making someone well is complete?  How is the flourishing of patient and caregiver related — or not?

Join Collegium and Caritas (Penn Catholic Medical Association) each month for our luncheon lectures and discussions.  To receive e-mail updates about this program or to join Caritas, contact Program Coordinator Elizabeth Feeney:


Upcoming Luncheons

Thursday, April 20, 2017


On Caring for Depression in our Patients and Ourselves:
an Open Conversation about both Illness and Wellness

Guest Speakers: Dr. Phil Gehrman, (Penn Sleep Center) and Dr. Richard Summers (Co-Director of Residency Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UPenn) come together to share how their ultimate sense of life and of human flourishing influences how they understand and treat depression.

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Previous Luncheons

January 19th:  Integral Healing? To what extent should clinicians be concerned with both body and spirit?

presentation by: Dr. Brian Wojciechowski, President, Catholic Medical Association of Philadelphia

To read a transcript of our inaugural presentation, please Click Here

February 28th: Caring at the End of Life, End of life care and Catholic thought. 

presentation by: Dr. Kristen Carey-Rock, Assistant Professor in Anesthesia and Critical Care (UPenn) and Anesthesiologist and Intensivist (HUP)