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Once Again Boarding Everyone's Favorite Ship
August 19, 2008, 9:38 pm
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That’s right–The Internship!

This week is Orientation Week and it is surprisingly exhausting.  This fall I will be doing a CPE internship at Duke Hospital as part of my ordination requirements for my conference of the United Methodist Church.  CPE stands for Clinical Pastoral Education, and is—according to the less-than-swanky website of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.—“a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education.”

Circular definition, ain’t it?

As they were saying, Clinical Pastoral Education brings all the tools of Clinical Pastoral Education to the ministry table.

 One last thing—today we picked our clinical units.  And after some deliberation, I am assigned to Neurology 4100 and 4200.  I will split the latter floor with another intern.  Below are descriptions of both units taken from Duke’s CPE Student Handbook.

 4100—“This is the neurology service with patients who have been diagnosed with brain tumor, seizures, and neurological disorders.  It is also a step-down unit for 4200.”

 4200—“The neuroscience intensive care is where patients with head injury or trauma, severe stroke, brain surgery and brain death patients are located.”

 No, I hadn’t noticed the phrase “brain death patients” until I was reading all this to Holly this evening.  It probably says something about the way that Duke has transformed me that all this sounds daunting but not altogether terrifying.  Thank you, Jesus.  And I really mean that.  Amen.


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