SUMMER June 17-28, 2013: “Suffering and the Nature of Healing”

Dr. Daniel Hinshaw, visiting professor of Palliative CareDr. Daniel Hinshaw, visiting professor of Palliative Care


"Suffering and the Nature of Healing" is a Summer–Term Academic Program at St. Vladimir's Seminary, being held from June 17-28, 2013. Students should arrive on Sunday, June 16. Visiting Professor Dr. Daniel Hinshaw will teach the 2–credit  course. The Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Section of General Surgery, Dr. Hinshaw serves as an attending consultant physician on the inpatient palliative care consultation service at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, and provides outpatient palliative care services at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center. He completed a fellowship in Palliative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in June 2001, during a sabbatical. His clinical research interests are focused on care at the end of life, spiritual distress in advanced illnesses, and the use of complementary medicine in the relief of pain.


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Course Description

The Orthodox Christian understanding and teaching regarding sin, suffering, and death have had tremendous impact on the care of the sick. With increased secularization, the unique perspective of traditional Christianity is largely being lost from health care. There is much in modern health care that is very good and could be recognized and blessed as consistent with traditional Christian teaching and practice. There is much that is not. Thus, this course will review the relationship of modern health care practice to traditional Christianity and the Church's understanding of health, disease, and healing, in order to give a better sense of how Orthodox Christianity can more effectively interface with secular health care.

This highly interactive course has been organized into three parts. The first week will examine the human dilemma posed by suffering as well as the nature of the encounter between the suffering person seeking help and the persons offering to help. The second week will explore the possibility of healing independent of cure, even in the context of death with a focus on the role of Orthodox clergy and lay persons in this process. Didactic sessions will be complimented by informal seminars in which individual problems will be explored in greater depth through the use of sacred and secular materials.

Registration and Fees: Register Online**    

  • Registration fee—$50
  • Tuition for credit—$878
  • Tuition for audit—$439
  • Room and board—$600
  • Extra night lodging (for 6/28 and 6/29)—$35 per night

**Note: students registering online for credit should contact Director of Admissions, Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, at or 914.961.8313  x. 328.

On-Campus Accommodations

On-campus housing is in non-smoking, non-air conditioned, dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms. Because there are a limited number of single rooms, they will be given to the first registrants. Staying on-campus includes meals at the refectory, which are catered, without individual meal options. The seminary staff will provide sheets and towels. Please bring your own personal items (such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and small fans.) Wireless access to the Internet for personal laptops will be available in the Library when the Reading Room is open, but wireless access in dormitory rooms cannot be guaranteed.


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For questions about this event, please contact Tanya Penkrat, Special Events Coordinator, at or 914.961.8313, x351  

(Updated: March 14, 2013. Check back for revisions and additional information.)