6th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute

The 2014 Spirituality and Health Summer Institute will address spirituality as a solution to the current challenges in our healthcare system. Together we will look for opportunities in the changing healthcare environment, in which spirituality can be integrated as an essential component of care.

Planning Committee:

  • Co-chairs: Rev. George Handzo, BCC, CSSBB, Christina M. Puchalski, MD, FACP
  • Committee: Robyn Dickey, George Washington University; Allen Dyer, George Washington University; Carol Taylor, Georgetown University; Karen Currie, LICSW

Speakers to include:

  • Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health  
  • George Handzo, MDiv, BCC, Healthcare Chaplaincy Network 
  • William Breitbart, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Carol Taylor, PhD, RN, Georgetown University
  • William T. Branch Jr., MD, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Xavier Gomez-Batiste, MD, PhD, WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Palliative Care Programs, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain
  • Ewan Kelly, PhD, MD, NHS Education for Scotland, University of Edinburgh
  • Marvin Omar Delgado Guay, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Father John Mullet, MDiv, BCC, St. Anthony's Hospital/BayCare Health
  • Reverend Kevin Massey, MDiv, BCC, Advocate General Lutheran Hospital
  • Shane Sinclair, PhD, MDiv, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Jennifer Bires, MSW, LICSW, George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates
  • Sermsak Lolak, MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

A precourse for new attendees will begin Wednesday, July 23 at 8:15 a.m. (registration/continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.). The Institute will start at 1pm on Wednesday, July 23.

Sessions generally run from 8:00a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch. The Institute closes Saturday, July 26 at 12 noon.

Community of practice:
Physicians, chaplains, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, administrators, educators—everyone working for a better healthcare environment for patients, families, and colleagues.

Continuing education:
CMEs for physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education category 1 credit of the Physician Recognition Award™ of the American Medical Association), CEUs for nurses (Virginia Nurses Association-CEA provider number VNA# 09-04-01), and a certificate of attendance for individuals seeking continuing education credit for other professions are included in the registration fee.

For all those attending or wishing to attend this year's event, the following housing options are available:

- The George Washington University On-Campus Housing 
1900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20052 
Private rooms available for $66 a night. 

For more information, or to register for this housing option, please email Assistant Program Manager Susan Donham at sdonham@gwu.edu. Limited number of rooms available.

- One Washington Circle Hotel 
One Washington Circle NW 
Washington, DC 20037
Rooms available for $170 a night (plus tax).

When reserving a room, use the group code 1166710 to receive the GWish Summer Institute discounted rate. *Limited number of rooms available.

Both housing options are easily accessed by the orange/blue metro lines that connect with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (blue) and are within walking distance of the meeting location. Parking will be extremely limited on campus.

Registration fee:
The $75 registration fee for the precourse includes:

  • Continuing Education credit (4.0)
  • A continental breakfast and light snacks

The fee for the institute includes:

  • Continuing Education credit (20.0)
  • A resource binder
  • The 3-full-day program
  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • Morning and afternoon snack breaks

All Summer Institute registrations will include a free copy of Making Healthcare Whole and 50 FICA Spiritual History cards.

Precourse Fee: $75

  • Standard Registration: $900
  • Early Bird Registration**: $825
  • Group Discount*: $780 per person

*per person, 3 or more colleagues
**Must be postmarked or turned in by May 19th. 


Requests for full registration fee refunds will be honored if received in writing on or before June 23, 2014. We regret that refunds received after that date, even if postmarked earlier, will not be honored. Please call 202-994-6220 for an email address or fax number you may use to submit a refund request prior to or on June 23, 2014.

Please feel free to contact our office at 202-994-6220 or caring@gwish.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, July 26, 2014 (All day)

The George Washington University
Washington, D.C.


For all questions, submissions, or registrations, please contact: 
Susan Donham