Medical Grand Rounds for Clergy Program (MGRC) is an introduction to
21st Century Healthcare with an emphasis on the current benefits
made by the huge advances in medicine and its impact on patients and
their families. The Program brings together Physicians, Medical
Scholars, Certified Chaplains, and Allied Healthcare Professionals to
cover the broad spectrum of treatment and services which you, your
family, and your parishioners will experience when there is an illness
that requires hospitalization, surgery, and long-term care.
Since the age of our citizens is increasing, our program provides a
special emphasis on End-of-Life Care.
This three week Program meets for
5 hours a week which includes presentations, questions and answer
times, tours, readings and observations of medical practice and lunches.
Those who wish may observe an Open-Heart Bypass Surgery at several
medical centers in Oklahoma City.
Planning meeting for the Program
- Clockwise from foreground: Mike Kuns, P.A., Dr. Sanjay Sethi, M.D.,
Ken Blank, M.Div., Executive Director, Yvette Gonzalez, M.S.N., Terri Sharp,
M.S.N., Sally Jett, Nurse Practitioner, Bobbie Branscum, R.N., John Gruel,
M.D., M.Div., Joan Schlegel, PT, Rober Etling, M.D., David Croninger, D.Min.
Participants in the Program: (from left, standing) Rev. Stan Upchurch, Rev. Richard
Redinger, Rev. Sharon Fletcher-Taylor, Rev. Bill Carlin, Rev. Tracy
Schumpert, Rev. Jim Holley, Carol Abernathy, Rev. Leslie Michaelson, Rev.
Isaiah Kool, Rev. Joe Howard, Bill Baker (from left, kneeling) Rev.
Ken Blank - Executive Director, Rev. Jerry Coldren, Rev. Barbara
Stomprud, Carol Reich
Participants in the Program
OUTLINE OF SEMINARS:
10:00am: WHY HEALTHCARE IS WHAT IT IS
TODAY; AN INTRODUCTION TO 21st CENTURY HEALTHCARE
Presented by Drs. Marie Bernard, MD,
and Philip Rettig, MD
1:00am: ACUTE/CRITICAL CARE
Presented by Yvette Gonzalez, Terri
Sharp, and Toby Smith, Masters level RN's
10:00am: TODAY'S SURGERY
Presented by Dr. Robert Mannel, MD,
Director - OU Cancer Center, followed by a tour of the surgery suites at the VA Medical Center led by
Cindy Johnson, MS
1:00pm: CHRONIC ILLNESS/REHABILITATION
Presented by Danna Weathers,
Clinical Nurse Practitioner, and Ann Robbins, Physician Associate, and the team on the
10:00am: MEDICAL ETHICS and PASTORAL
Presented by Dr. Steve Orwig, MD, and
Rev Ken Blank, MDiv
1:00pm: HOW WE DIE and PREPARING FOR
OUR OWN END
Presented by Dr. Brent Brown,
Director of Internal Medicine Residency Programs, OU College of Medicine.
Arrangements for observations of a cardiac by-pass
surgery will be made following the seminar on surgery. Those who observe
need to plan on at least five hours in surgery. The hospital provides the
gowns, masks, eye protection, etc. Participants need to have a TB test
within the past year prior to observing surgery.
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WORDS from PREVIOUS CLERGY and
LAY PARTICIPANTS about the Medical Grand Rounds for Clergy© Program -
"My experience with the Medical
Grand Rounds for Clergy last year was rich. Meeting and dialoguing with
colleagues, input from doctors, nurses, palliative care specialists and
Chaplains added a dimension and energy that touched many areas of my life.
The information and interaction was high quality and transformational. I
left each session challenged to learn and experience more."
"The highlight was the opportunity to observe an open-heart
surgery right next to the surgery team. It was breath-taking and
life-changing. This Program has my highest recommendation."
Rev. David Croninger, D. Min., L.M.F.T., I.C.A.D.C. -
Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church
"The Medical Grand Rounds for
Clergy Program I attended last year far exceeded my expectations. To
see clergy and medical professionals interact and exchange values and
practices, as well as educational views, enriched my life and ministry. To
meet surgeons, nurses, and other surgical staff and observe an aneurysm
surgery was truly an incredible and life-changing experience. I highly
recommend this program and would encourage pastors and church workers to
Rev. Barbara Stomprud - Assembly of God Vessel of Honor
"The Medical Grand Rounds
Clergy Program was one of my best continuing education experiences since
graduating from seminary 15 years ago. I learned a great deal and was able
to use the materials in my ministry - particularly sponsoring a church
workshop on death and dying issues. The most memorable experience was the
opportunity to witness an open heart surgery. To be there, watching the
stopped heart immediately begin beating again when warm blood was
reintroduced was a powerful experience. I now have a greater empathy for
surgery patients from my congregation. On a personal note, I have less fear
if I ever need to face surgery. I highly recommend this opportunity to
anyone who may consider it!
Rev. Richard Burris, M. Div. - St. Michael's Episcopal
The Medical Grand Rounds for Clergy©