I received word today that I have been invited to join the Collegium for the Study of the Spirit of Medicine, an informal discussion group within The Foundation for Medical Excellence.
The Collegium is committed to "discussing first principles of caring," and issues of "spirit, morale, and/or soul in medical practice." Begun in 1999, the Collegium has taken on annual themes such as historical perspectives on narrative in medical practice; doctor-patient relations; and the economic, political, and artistic aspects of medicine.
As its brochure notes, the Collegium remains open to questions, challenges, and constructive criticism. I look forward to participating in the group and sharing some of the discussion themes with readers here.