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  • KCUMB Researcher to Focus on Spirituality in Medicine

    Debaets Amy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 29, 2013) – A new study at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences will delve deeper into the relationship between spirituality and medicine – through the lens of the physician rather than the more traditional patient viewpoint.

    Amy M. DeBaets, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioethics at KCUMB, was recently awarded a faculty fellowship by the University of Chicago Faculty Scholars Program in Medicine and Religion. As a part of the program, DeBaets will receive a grant to study the impact of spiritual influences on osteopathic medicine.

    DeBaets’ research project, entitled Physician Spirituality and Osteopathic Philosophy: An Analysis of the Impact of Holistic Medical Education, will study the bearing that spirituality has on osteopathic schools’ curriculum and ultimately on how osteopathic physicians practice.

    “The study investigates the role spirituality has played in shaping the history of osteopathic medicine and the contribution it’s made to early osteopathic philosophy,” DeBaets said. “It’s very exciting and I think it’s a great opportunity to do some interesting research in spirituality in medicine."

    DeBaets is one of four faculty scholars recentlyaccepted into the Faculty Scholars Program, which is supported by the John Templeton Foundation. The program’s ultimate goal is to create conditions conducive to the spiritual renewal of the practice of medicine by renewing physicians themselves. 

    Since 1998, KCUMB has incorporated a spirituality in medicine program into its curriculum. It is uniquely positioned within the osteopathic academic community to step to the forefront in the research and practice of training spiritually cognizant physicians.

    The University is one of only three medical schools in the United States to twice win the prestigious John Templeton Spirituality in Medicine Award, most recently for integrating elements of spirituality, end-of-life care and diversity throughout the entire medical school curriculum. 

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Founded in 1916, its College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state.


    Posted: 03/29/2013

    Category: Faculty, Research, Osteopathic Medicine, General