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9th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute

The 2017 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. The agenda will focus on:

  • The State of Science in Spirituality in Health
  • The Role of interdisciplinary teams in the development of a biopsychosocialspiritual treatment/care plan 
  • Communication 
  • Leadership and Networking
  • Education with Reflection and Compassion

Learning is both didactic and experiential, including large- and small-group case-based discussions, treatment/care plan development by interdisciplinary teams with standardized patients, and time for personal reflection. 

9th Annual Spiritiality and Health Summer Institute Agenda

Speakers to include:

Christina Puchalski , MD, FACP, FAAHP, Co-Director

Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D. Smith College School for Social Work

Rev. Kathleen Ennis-Durstine. Manager of Pastoral Care at Children's National Health System

Ann Berger, MD, Pain and Palliative Care Service at the NIH Clinical Center 

Lodovico Balducci, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida

Pamela Hinds, RN, PhD, FAAN, Children's National Medical Center,Washington,DC

Noreen Chan, MD, FAMS, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)

Piotr Krakowiak, Ph.D. Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Poland 

Richard Egan, PhD, University of Otago, New Zealand
and others

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

Call for Poster Presentations

Deadline to Submit: June 15, 2017

The 9th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute is now accepting abstracts for poster presentation.  We invite you to submit a 250-word abstract for a poster that addresses the issues at the intersection of spirituality and healthcare. Although we invite proposals on the full range of topics related to spirituality and healthcare, preference will be given to those that focus on state of science in spirituality in health, the role of interdisciplinary teams in the development of a biopsychosocialspiritual treatment/care plan, models of excellence for integrating spirituality-based care in clinical practice, compassion and spiritual practices, and reflective rounds in professional education. Proposals will be selected based on their application to the above themes, quality, and scholarship. Please click here to submit your abstract. 

Please click here for the abstract submission guideline!

Continuing education: 24 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.

Registration fee: The fee for the institute includes 24 continuing education credit, the 3-full-day program, 4th Annual GWish Platinum Dinner,  a continental breakfast each morning, and morning and afternoon breaks. We will be offering discounted registration fees for (1) three colleagues or more (2) an early bird discount.

Precourse class (Monday July 10th, 8am-12pm): The precourse class describes the interprofessional spiritual care model upon which the institute is based. This class is interactive and highly rate each year.  It is recommended that people who have not attended the summer institute before attend the precourse session. The 3-day spirituality and health summer institute will start Monday Juy 10th afternoon, and will end on Thursday July 13th at noon. 

Precourse Fee: $60

Early Bird Registration Fees (Ends May 19, 2017)
Physicians: $595
Nurses/Social Workers/ Allied Health/Public: $495
Chaplains/Clergy: $435
Resident Physicians: $435
Students: $325

Regular Registration Fees (beginning May 20, 2017)
Physicians: $685
Nurses/Social Workers/ Allied Health/Public: $585
Chaplains/Clergy: $525
Resident Physicians: $525
Students: $415

Group Discount: We encourage teams to come to the conference together, and bring back shared experiences and knowledge. An additional discount of $100 will be applied when three or more people register together.

Cancellation Policy: Notification of cancellation must be received in writing (e-mailed to or faxed to 202-342-0314).

Written cancellations received before Friday, May 19, 2017 are eligible for a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee. 
Written cancellations received between May 19, 2017 and June 10, 2017 are eligible for a refund of 50%, minus a $50 processing fee.

Tuition is not refundable after June 10, 2017.

Registrations can be transferred to a colleague, with a written authorization from the original registrant.
The cancellation policy applies to tuition only. GW is not responsible for nonrefundable, nontransferable airline tickets or hotel accommodations purchased for attendance at this course. If GW cancels this event, it is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other costs incurred by registrants. GW does not cancel events due to inclement weather. Speakers are subject to change without notice.

GWish Templeton Reflections Rounds Facilitator Training Program:  This 1.5 day interprofessional faculty development training program offers the opportunity to learn a specialized small group facilitation methodology for implementing GTRR-GWish Templeton Reflection Rounds.  GTRR is a mentored small group program which aims to integrate meaning, purpose and connectedness into the continuum of medical education—from medical student to practicing physician. Participants will learn how to model deep listening and facilitate a deeper inquiry of students' reflections of their patient encounters. This training program will start on July 13th, following the 9th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute.

For more information about the GTRR Facilitator Training program, please click here. Participants to participate in both the Annual Summer Institute and the GTTR will receive additional discount. You could register for both events, in the registration page provided below. 

Housing Information:

On-Campus Housing

A limited number of affordable housing rooms are available on-campus. The rate for individual bedroom with adjoined living room and en-suite bathroom is $46.00 per night, plus $15 administrative fee ($199 for 4 nights). The Vern Express shuttle routes provide transportation between GW's Mount Vernon campuses and Foggy Bottom Campus.  This is the first come, first serve option. So, please make your reservations as soon as possible. Reservation of on-campus housing is available as an optional item on the registration page of Summer Institute. For more information, please contact Dr. Najmeh jafari at  


We are pleased to offer two discounted hotel options near the conference venue. If you will be taking advantage of this option, please remember to book early as the room rates do expire and will no longer be offered after the blocks are at capacity

1. University Inn Hotel

Address: 824 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 337-6620
University inn, Washington DC is just steps from conference venue at the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health. We negotiated a very competitive hotel room rate of $229 / night. Efficiency studio suites features a king bed, separate sofabed and kitchenette. It also offers complimentary wireless and high-speed Internet service, valet parking is also available at $40.00 per night plus tax. To make your reservations, Please click here. This rate will be available until all discounted rooms have been booked or until May 12, 2017, whichever comes earlier.  

2. State Plaza Hotel
Address: 2116 E St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 861-8200
State Plaza hotel is within a 10-minute walk of the conference venue. King Studio rooms are available at the discounted rate of $199/night, excluding taxes, for either single or double occupancy. To make your reservations, Please click here. To make your reservation via phone please dial ‎202-861-8200 and ask for the George Washington Institute of Spirituality & Health Block to ensure your confidential rate. This rate will be available until all discounted rooms have been booked. So, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. 

You could also visit the list of hotels that are part of GW Hotels discount program by clicking here.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, July 14, 2017 - 11:45am

Milken Institute School of Public Health

950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20052


For all questions, or registrations, please contact us: 

George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health

2600 Virginia Ave., NW. Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20037

202-994-6220 (Phone)

202-994-6413 (Fax)