The Athena Institute Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program
Winnifred Cutler, PhD, President
Athena Institute for Women’s Wellness
The overall mission of the Program has been to instill in pre-med students a sense of humanity and understanding towards the geriatric patient and 'end-of-life' care through hospice service... and to provide patients an opportunity to educate these young students in how to listen to their needs." --Dr. Cutler
Purpose and Benefits
Overview Synopsis of the program
Purpose and Benefits:
-- for Premed Students
- To “inoculate” those students with the sense of the spirituality, humanity and concerns of end-of-life patients
- Students applying to medical school are required to have completed patient hours
- Athena awards Certificates of Completion, posting Reflections the students permit to be anonymously published
2017 Dr. Robinson with Ardmore Presb. Church reflection group from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
-- for Hospices
- They are required to have a percentage of volunteers on staff to qualify for Medicare reimbursement--this program serves as a source for volunteers
- Their patients enjoy extra compassionate attention
-- for Colleges
- Provides options for volunteer hours to students
- Enriches curriculum for the Premed Undergraduates
-- for Churches/Houses of Worship
- Exposes young people to resources of the church
- Introduces students to spiritual leaders
- Encourages Fellowship among the students
Biographies of Chaplains for the Pre-Med Hospice College Program
Rev. Graham Robinson; Director of the Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program; Bryn Mawr and Haverford College
Rev. Eric R. Andræ; Campus Pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church; Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for University of Pittsburgh
Rev. Lori Kosinski; Pastor of Norriton Presbyterian Church; Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for Villanova University and Eastern Univiersity
Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers, First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Congregational Life, Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for the University of Michigan
Joyce Tompkins, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Interfaith Center, Swarthmore College
Rev. Terri Ofori; Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life of Ursinus College; Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for Ursinus College
In addition to her service to the church, Reverend Ofori has served the academy as a chaplain at Harvard University, Brown University, Wellesley College, Emerson, Simmons College, and Bloomfield College. Reverend Ofori is the first women and the first person of color to be named a Robert Washington Scholar PC(USA). She is also a BTI (Black Theological Institute) fellow of Princeton Seminary.
Reverend Ofori received her Th. M. in Education and Spiritual Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary. She received the Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University where she was a FTE (Fund for Theological Education Fellow). She received the M. A. T. Cross Cultural Theology from Columbia International University and her undergraduate degree in History from the Mississippi University for Women where she was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta. Reverend Ofori is currently pursuing her doctorate in Christian Spirituality at Fordham University.
Reverend Ofori is a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature. Reverend Ofori is an alumna of the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar Strategic Leadership Development Program (Class of 2013) and an endorsed Chaplain with the Presbyterian Military Personnel and Chaplains Association. She completed her clinical pastoral education at Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, Dana Farber Cancer Center and Brigham and Women’s Palliative Care Unit.
Rev. Laverne McClellan; Ascend Hospice Chaplain; Pastoral staff at St. Paul AME Church in Pleasantville, NJ; Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for Princeton University
Having pastored for a total of 18 years at African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches in Newark, NJ, Kenilworth, NJ and Whitesboro, NJ., she now serves on the ministerial staff of St. Paul AME Church in Pleasantville, NJ.
Rev. McClellan has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Stockton University, a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Her work and volunteer experience includes serving as a mathematician, a literacy volunteer, an HIV/AIDS trainer, a ministerial examiner and institute instructor, a life coach and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She wrote a book of poems entitled, "Love Bears All Things" and a play entitled, "Visions of Virtue." Seeing love as her highest value, she believes she is called to "encourage, instruct and inspire others.".
Rev. Kurt Nelson; Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and Chaplain for the Protestant Community, Bucknell University; Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for Bucknell University
Kurt comes to Bucknell from Colby College (Waterville, ME) where he spent 6.5 years as Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life. Prior, he served as Assistant Chaplain at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School – where he fell in love with Chaplaincy - and St. Olaf College – where he fell in love with Religious Studies. A convert from the Pre-med track at St. Olaf, Kurt will be of limited help in tutoring Organic Chemistry, but is brimming with empathy for all walks of academic life.
urt is the 5th-most-likable member of his family, following – in no particular order – his wife and partner, Joanna; their children, Lillian (6) and Elliott (soon-to-be 2); and their dog, Grover (10). You can meet all but Grover in Rooke Chapel most Sunday mornings.
Bucknell’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life seeks to provide for the religious and spiritual well-being of the entire Bucknell community through pastoral care, multi-faith partnership, creation of communities of sustained belonging, and exploration of meaning and purpose. If any of life’s big questions (or some of the small ones) interest you, we will find a place for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Kurt directly with questions, concerns, or interests – firstname.lastname@example.org, or call to set up an appointment – 570 577 1592.
Rev. Shareida Patterson; Veterans Affairs Chaplain, H.J. Heinz Chapel; Pre-Med Hospice Chaplain for University of Pittsburgh
Bio to come...
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- University of Pittsburgh
Reflections from Former Students
Student volunteers complete at Reflection Essay at the end of their year of service. This is the final step towards earning your certificate of completion.
Elaina (Bryn Mawr College)
From the reflection sessions we had I got the chance to stop and think about grief. Personally it made me realize that grief is a process, not only for those who lose their loved ones, but also for those in Hospice as they are about to pass on…
Yudita L. (Princeton University)
On my first visit to a nursing home as a hospice volunteer, I saw a small woman lying silently on a bed along a wall in the hallway. She was curled in a fetal position with her eyes closed and hands slightly shaking. When she realized that I was standing beside her bed, she reached for my hand and raised it to kiss it. At first, I was shocked and …
The 5 high school students who provided the Premed Hospice survey as a focus group designed to gain feedback from the volunteers in order to improve the program
Haverford College's Coordinator of Health Professions (Jodi Domsky) comments on the program
“Haverford students have been involved with this volunteer program for the past 9 years, and it is one of the best programs I have seen. Students have the privilege of working with patients and their families at a sensitive time in their lives while learning about end-of-life issues. In addition, they get quality training, supportive mentoring and a built-in support network with the other volunteers.”
Convocation from Ardmore Presbyterian Church Pastor Hodsden
Ardmore Presb Church Pastor Hodsden, from the pulpit, 11/19/17 Announcing Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program and Inviting the Congregation to Lunch Honoring the Student Volunteers
A Note from Ruthanne Morris--Volunteer Coordinator at Compassus Hospice
The response from the Swarthmore students has been tremendous. I know we still have a few days until the deadline, but I wanted to report that we have our 10th volunteer candidate. I am elated with this response.
A bibliography of Dr. Cutler's Published Work