Throughout my third year rotations, I saw myself as God’s undercover in the hospital. Spiritual conversations, praying with patients, and sharing God’s truth overtly or covertly when the situation allowed was what fueled me. When I heard about the Preceptorship, I was excited that not only were there others of the same mindset, but also that I would get to learn from people with more experience in ministry in the healthcare setting.
To get elective credit from my school, I needed a course syllabus and two signatures on an outside elective approval form, one from a faculty member and one from the Chair of the Elective Curriculum Subcommittee. Being able to share a modified version of my support letter explaining why I wanted to do an unconventional rotation was very helpful. The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs/Director of Medical Education, the Family Clerkship Director, and the ENT physician (the Subcommittee Chair) were all very interested in and supportive of the Preceptorship.
Since the Preceptorship, I am more encouraged to routinely provide spiritual care and I do so. This is especially important considering that it would be unethical for me to withhold the spiritual care that the Joint Commission endorses. In doing this, I have seen God work powerfully through prayers with patients.
Incidentally, in a recommendation letter written on my behalf, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician mentioned to me that he had written about 1) my moral compass; 2) the counsel I had provided to my patients who were struggling with new disabilities; and 3) that I had pursued attending the Whole Person Care Preceptorship .
I look forward to God revealing His glory more and more to me as I care for people in all the ways I can.
Jessica Tse, MS4
Boston University School of Medicine