The depth of our CPE training equips students to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as in themselves. Following completion of CPE training, we encourage our graduates to join a spiritual care team and seek to increase the level of excellence in the growing field of spiritual care.
Our students and staff represent a variety of ethnicities, faith traditions, cultural groups, races and sexual orientations. They are trained to be empathic listeners as patients, their families and staff members explore end-of-life decision making, emotional and relational tensions, difficult diagnoses and other life issues that emerge in the course of a hospital stay. Our CPE students offer conversations, religious rituals, referrals and support to those of all faiths and of no faith. They offer a comforting presence and listening ear for the things that matter most. They create relationships with community faith leaders to respond to a patient's specific faith needs.
Chaplains are an integral part of the patient care team at St. Mark's and the other hospitals we serve. They attend rounds, participate in interdisciplinary team and family meetings and nursing cohorts. They serve patients in the Behavioral Health Unit, in the Acute Rehabilitation Center, parents of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as regular in-patient and Emergency Department patients. Our chaplains bring Arts in Health to patients and staff, participate in the Clinical Ethics Committee and Ethics Consultations.
In all these ways and more, Chaplains learn to bring a spiritual perspective to a patient's or hospital staff member's personal life and health.
We are now accepting Intern applications for the following Units:
Please note that we do require an undergraduate degree, or equivalency, to apply. The degree does not need to be religion based.
Summer, 2020 (June 1 - August 12)
Schedule: 10 hours of class time split on Tuesday and Thursday plus 30 hours clinical time each week.
In addition, students spend one on-call night every week - plus a minimum of two weekend on-call shifts (TBD based on class size).
Fall 2020 (August 31 - December 16)
Schedule: 10 hours class time split on Tuesday and Thursday plus 16 hours clinical time each week
In addition, students spend one on-call night per week and two weekend on-call per Unit
Extended "Evening" Unit (August 21, 2020 to mid-April, 2021)
Schedule: Includes weekly class on Wednesdays from 4-7:30 pm plus 8 weekly clinical hours which can be scheduled
based on the student's availability. Also includes one on-call night every two weeks and one weekend on-call in the course of the
unit (may change pending class size).
Winter, 2021 (January-April)
Schedule: 10 hours of class time split on Tuesday and Thursday plus 16 hours clinical time each week.
In addition, students spend one on-call night every two weeks - and one weekend on-call per 8 weeks (TBD based on class size).
We are still accepting Resident applications starting Fall Unit, 2020. If you are interested, we urge you to submit your application now. Consideration will be given for timing of the application receipt and confirmed commitment to the program. (Note: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree or equivalency. Applicants must have completed one Unit of CPE to apply for Residency. Please include one Supervisory Final and one Verbatim from a CPE Unit with your application)
Dates of 2020 Residency: August 27, 2020 - end of May, 2021
Weekly Schedule: Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm. Includes 10 class hours plus 30 clinical hours each week.
Requires one on-call night every two weeks and one weekend on-call per six weeks of class (may change pending class size). Paid Residency: $25K-$27K plus benefits package.
The Spiritual Care Center at St. Mark’s Hospital is a proud member of the Schwartz Center Community.
Schwartz Rounds are a monthly forum where hospital employees discuss social and emotional issues that arise when caring for patients. Schwartz Rounds are open to all St. Mark’s hospital employees, and physicians, offering time for open and honest discussions about the social and emotional issues that arise when caring for patients.
2019-2020 Season Topics
Mind the Gap:
Generational differences in healthcare
God and Medicine:
Navigating the intersection between faith and healthcare
Whose Patient is it Anyway?
Fostering departmental collaboration
Hurry Up and Wait!
Balancing expediency and sensitivity in patient care
How are You Sleeping?
Patience with Patients:
Dealing with defiance
Is the Internet helping or hindering care?