A course created by a Western University of Health Sciences’ pharmacy
professor that teaches health professions students the relevance of
spirituality in patient care has won a $25,000 award from the National
Institute for Healthcare Research.
Developed by Mahtab Jafari, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacy
practice at Western University’s College of Pharmacy, the course,
titled “”Spirituality in Patient Care,”” was one of six courses from
colleges and universities nationwide to win a John Templeton Foundation
Spirituality & Medicine Curricular Award. Each award is $25,000 paid out
over a four-year period.
“”Good care requires much more than traditional medical training,”” Dr.
Jafari said. “”To treat a patient as a whole, health care providers should
focus on their patients’ spiritual dimension as well as their physical
dimension. Physicians and pharmacists today must also receive training in
the behavioral and spiritual aspects of life.””
The course will be offered as a program – slated to be incorporated into
the curriculum of the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the
Pacific and the College of Pharmacy – to the students over the course of
the four years of their Western University education. Material in the
first two years will be taught through a combination of lectures,
readings, case studies, small group discussions and Internet queries.
During the third and fourth year, students will practice what they learned
while on their clinical rotations.
At the conclusion of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to
help others from varied cultural and religious backgrounds deal with
issues surrounding major life events, including birth, illness, suffering,
grief and the end of life.
The NIHR is an educational and research organization committed to
exploring and communicating the dynamic relationship of spirituality with
The John Templeton Foundation Spirituality & Medicine Curricular Award
Program honors outstanding courses integrating spirituality and medicine
at allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools in the United
States and Canada.