ERIC Number: EJ1022280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
The Integration of Select Aspects of Educational Foundations as Applied to Health Care Education: A Religious Perspective
Fredericks, Marcel; Kondellas, Bill; Fredericks, Janet; Langer, Michael; Ross, Michael W. V.
Education, v133 n3 p378-392 Spr 2013
The purpose of this paper is to establish the necessity to fully and effectively integrate the sub-disciplines of educational foundations, such as psychology and philosophy, in addition to the natural and social sciences, within medical and health-related educational programs. This is particularly pertinent in Catholic and other religiously affiliated institutions of higher education and professional practice. The ability to effectively and systematically integrate key concepts, theories, skills, and dispositions will enable students, as well as future and current health care professionals, to understand, synthesize, apply, and actualize values and virtues. These attributes and competences will include empathy, caring, and understanding with a deep commitment to self-reflection so that they can deliver care that involves the ingredients of quality, affordability, accessibility, availability, and continuity for their patients. These characteristics of the patient care will certainly enhance and reflect the principles of their belief systems and education in pursuit of quality health care for all. If these values/virtues are taught constructively, systematically, and well, then the health care professionals will be able to transmit the traditions of excellence, dedication, and creativity to future generations. Indeed, such concerns would ultimately help future health care professionals to come closer to the educational, philosophical, and theological mission of their institution and more fully integrate their approach to health care education at the pre-service and continuing post-certification/licensure levels.
Descriptors: Health Education, Empathy, Caring, Catholics, Medical Education, Religious Factors, Health Personnel, Interdisciplinary Approach, Psychology, Reflection, Philosophy, Values, Access to Health Care, Health Services, Patients, Church Related Colleges, Family Environment, Institutional Mission, Physician Patient Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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