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


Physician Responsibility and Global Health

Details to be announced

Dr. Tony Luberti (medical director of informatics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Andrew Steenhoff (medical director of the Global Health Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) join Caritas and Collegium for a discussion on global health and the responsibilities of healthcare providers in relation to it.



Human Dignity and Disability:

Dr. Mary Catherine Harris, Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of  Philadelphia, speaks on her experience in dignity and disability through her work in pediatrics.




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)

April 20th: On Caring for Depression in our Patients and Ourselves: an Open Conversation about both Illness & 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)