Focusing on holistic treatment for all patients within hospitals and other medical facilities, spiritual care addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of patients with various belief systems. Sangeetha Kowsik, a designer / artist, spiritual life advisor at New York University and founding member of the North American Hindu Chaplain Association (NAHCA), provides insight on spiritual care for Hindu patients.
Many racial and ethnic communities are often underrepresented in the medical profession. IU School of Medicine is committed to closing the gap by offering focused programs aligned with three foundational pillars: representational diversity, inclusive working and learning environment, and cultural competence.
Spiritual care can contribute to the treatment for all patients, assisting them through a health crisis. Hospital chaplains focus on each patient’s preferred spiritual traditions, rituals and practices. Sondos Kholaki, a board-certified staff chaplain at Hoag Hospital in Irvine, California and Muslim chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, provides insight on spiritual care for Muslim patients.
Heidi Lakanen, MD, director of IU Health Ball Memorial Physicians Internal Medicine Residency Center and adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine, has been a key mentor to many learners in Muncie for more than a decade.
Elaine Cox, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Riley Children’s Health at IU Health and professor of clinical pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, has dedicated her career to advancing care in the areas of HIV, infections related to cardiovascular surgery, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. Cox’s wisdom, persistence and passion have guided her throughout her journey.