The Ochsner Health System is well known for its quality in clinical practice, education, and research. To complement these advances in healthcare, in 2011, Ochsner initiated the Institute for Medicine, Education, and Spirituality at Ochsner (IMESO) to take holistic healthcare to the next level by including spirituality in the practice of medicine and education.

IMESO supports and cooperates with Ochsner’s existing programs and services.

IMESO teaching modules are used throughout the system to help practitioners, staff, and students learn about spirituality and practical ways to incorporate it into their daily practice and interactions with others. Representative titles of these educational modules include A Primer in Spirituality and Religion in Healthcare, Spiritual Assessment and Medicine, The Incorporation of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Patients into Clinical Practice, and Health and the Human Spirit.

IMESO is conducting research in the areas of meaning and purpose at work (workplace spirituality), medical education and spirituality, and virtue development in healthcare professionals. IMESO will be a leader in this research and show the value of including spirituality in the practice of medicine and education.

This work in the healing process holds great promise. It will help the Ochsner Health System to continue to fulfill its mission for patient-centered healing and thus fulfill its mission of service, healing, leadership, education, and innovation.

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