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Educational and Clinical Expectations

Educational expectations: A blend of required and self-directed opportunities for learning

  • Supervision
    • Weekly individual supervision with Manager of Chaplaincy
    • Once monthly mentoring with each of the staff chaplains
    • Required reading [see “Bibliography”]
  • Classes
    • Cancer 100 (7 or 8 weeks one day per week for 1.5 hours beginning mid-September) is a class provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) for non-scientists about the scientific method, biology of cancer, experience of the cancer patient, etc.
  • Periodic lectures in research ethics at FHCRC
  • Occasional (as appropriate) Grand Rounds presentations at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), or Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH)
  • Occasional (as appropriate) Brown Bag Ethics Lunches at UWMC and Cultural Diversity lectures at SCH
  • Continuing education time (5 days)
  • Potentially be a teaching assistant for a 10 week course “Spirituality  in Health Care” at the UW School of Medicine
  • Potentially have medical students shadow and learn from the Fellow multiple times during the year
  • Special Project at the end of the year
  • Wednesday meetings
    • 1st Wednesdays of the month:
      • We will read together a selected research paper regarding religion/spirituality and health from the literature in order to learn how to understand research papers and the relevance of the research for our work or we read a published paper pertinent to our work for discussion. 
    • 2nd Wednesdays of the month:
      • Focus upon Verbatim and case study seminars and discussions
        • For the first four months, we will focus upon a detailed verbatim account of a Fellow’s chaplaincy care along with detailed analysis including spiritual assessment, needs/interventions/outcomes, and theological and behavioral science dynamics
        • In month five, a case study will be written and presented.
        • For several Wednesdays, we will look at medical record notes in order to improve our charting and to improve our care
    • 3rd Wednesdays are staff meetings
    • 4th Wednesdays:  Open agenda and flex schedule times 
    • 5th Wednesdays:  Meet with SCCA social workers
  • Meet with numerous multi-disciplinary team members about their specialties, e.g., social work, nutrition, housing, cultural navigator, volunteer services, resource center, laboratory, radiology, Cancer Information Services, etc.
  • Attention to the clinical, reflective, and spiritual dimensions of your life and work
  • Evaluations: end of first trimester and end-of-year evaluations

Clinical Expectations

  • An allogeneic and an autologous BMT Team (inpatient and outpatient)
  • General oncology clinic work and/or inpatient general oncology
  • 75% of the Fellow’s time is clinical; 25% of the time is educational. This translates into a minimum of 18 - 20 hours of direct care (patient/family/staff visits, charting, care conferences, follow-up notes). Other clinical time will be staff meetings, shuttle rides, etc.
  • On-Call
    • After hours call: Fellow will participate in the after hours on-call rotation along with four other chaplains for the SCCA
    • Day call: Fellow will also be the weekday on-call chaplain when the assigned chaplain is not working that day. The responsibilities include changing the pager settings daily, receiving more emergent referrals and giving them to the appropriate SCCA chaplain, and some emergency coverage for chaplains who are out when we do not have per diem coverage.