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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

WJC 10 - Session 3 - What Characteristics of Physicians Lead to Empathy and Integrating Religion and Spirituality with Patient Care? Learning from a Survey of North American Muslim Physicians
Event Details
Date(s): June 22, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
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Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
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APC Webinar Journal Club 10
Leveraging our Legacy, Thriving in New Challenges
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC
Session 3
What Characteristics of Physicians Lead to Empathy and Integrating Religion and Spirituality with Patient Care? Learning from a Survey of North American Muslim Physicians

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 (please register by June 17th)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

60 minutes (1 CE hour plus reading/self-study hours - Methodology 8, Research)

This study brings us an important perspective on how physicians view conversations about spiritual care and characteristics of physicians that predict comfort with and exploration of spirituality in their practice. This survey of Muslim physicians revealed striking conclusions about the role of physician empathy in comfort with integrating spiritual practices. Further, this study raises questions around how chaplains can partner with physicians of diverse religious backgrounds towards providing optimal spiritual support for patients and families.
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To discuss the perspectives of Muslim physicians on integrating spirituality with medical care.
  2. To understand the role empathy plays in physicians’ willingness both to explore religion/spirituality (R/S) with patients and to integrate spiritual perspectives into care.
  3. To explore how chaplains may partner with physicians of diverse religious backgrounds towards optimizing spiritual care provision to patients. 
Reading: Hamouda, M. A., Emanuel, L. L., & Padela, A. I. (2019). Empathy and Attending to Patient Religion/Spirituality: Findings from a National Survey of Muslim Physicians. Journal of health care chaplaincy, 1–21. Advance online publication.
Individual Webinar Journal Club 10 sessions
$73 / computer terminal / member
$110 / computer terminal / non-member

Registration by the published deadline is required to ensure that participants receive handouts, login information and pre-reading materials in sufficient time before the webinar.

Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, is a Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care in the Advocate Aurora Health Care System in Illinois. She previously served as a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She is a 2018 Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow graduate. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education, the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women, and the experiences of health care chaplains of color. 

Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPH BCC, is the Executive Director of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship and convener of the Pediatrics Spiritual Care Research Network. She previously served for five years in various roles at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research interests include the role of religion in surrogate decision-making and in coping with caregiving for children with complex medical needs. She completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Research Fellowship in 2019.

Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC, is Senior Program Manager and Chaplain-Researcher at Indiana University (IU) Health, Indianapolis, as well as an Affiliated Research Scientist in the Center for Aging Research with the Regenstrief Institute. She previously served nine years as a chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. She completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Research Fellowship in 2019 at the conclusion of a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Her research interests include spiritual care with family surrogate decision-makers and staff support following code blue events, as well as using art to engage those who are non-religious/unaffiliated.


How It Works
To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."

The Webinar Journal Club is priced per computer terminal, not per participant. That means you can invite as many colleagues to join you as can fit in your conference room or cluster around your computer. As a participant, you will be able to interact with the presenters, who will answer questions posed by participants.

As a Best Practice, we highly recommend;

  • An Ethernet connected computer for best connectivity and listening experience. You may experience some buffering of audio on lower bandwidth wireless connections.
  • Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Safari 12.1 or higher, Firefox 49.x or higher.
  • A stable Internet connection, DSL or above: 500kbps or higher to ensure fluidity of all services.
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.8 or higher, Linux, Solaris.
  • Computer Speakers (for participants listening over the computer)

The link below will test your system to make sure it is compatible with the current version of the TelSpan viewer and to make sure it is not being blocked by your network. Please make sure you complete the system check before accessing the webinar.

Please click the following System Test link: 

All the lines should have a green check mark, with the exception of the webcam line, which can be red or green. If any lines except the webcam line are red, please contact your network administrator to allow TelSpanWeb access the following ports:

  • WEB SERVER: https traffic on port 443.
  • SIGNALING SERVER: https traffic on port 443 (recently changed from port 80).
  • MEDIA SERVER API: https traffic on port 443.
This will allow TelSpan to work properly.

"Webcam Access" applies only to presenters, so if you see a red "X," that's OK.

If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you do not have computer speakers, please contact APC at for assistance.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon completion of the online registration and payment process. Instructions for logging into the webinar will be e-mailed to all participants two business days before the event.
Cancellation Policy
The registration fee (minus a $20 nonrefundable processing charge) will be refunded up to five (5) business days of the first scheduled WJC session. APC® reserves the right to cancel the program within five (5) business days of the scheduled event, if an insufficient number of people register. In case of APC cancellation, all registration fees will be refunded.

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