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What To Expect in CPE

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital is renowned for its innovative and progressive medicine. The history of over 125 years of care has developed the hospital's reputation around the world as one of the premier places to come for medical attention. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was the first teaching hospital in America and continues to be the most competitive and prestigious places for doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others to train.  Since 1773, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center has continued to commit themselves to better the health of our community through innovation, compassionate care, education and research, and is now a vibrant and modern academic center.   Both hospitals have interns and residents from around the world in multiple forms and roles, and operate out of a philosophy of education and innovation.

That same sense of excellence is found in The Johns Hopkins Academic Medicine Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program, which includes both the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. With close to 1,500 beds between campuses and with numerous areas of specialty, CPE students are consistently challenged to meet and provide spiritual care to a wide variety of patients, family members, and hospital staff.  CPE students at Johns Hopkins can expect to:

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  • Respond to emergent situations each evening on-call.
  • Provide coverage for one of seven specialized Intensive Care Units.
  • Attend any number of lectures from world leading educators in their chosen fields.
  • Have access to one of the largest medical libraries in the world, and may elect to observe a surgery or autopsy, as part of their learning experience.
  • Work alongside staff chaplains and other interdisciplinary team members in a fast-paced environment that works towards what is best, not only for the patients of the hospital, but also their families.
  • Be challenged to examine their ministry approaches, their interpersonal postures, and personal and theological meaning making within a large institution.

Each CPE Program includes the fundamental elements of visiting patients, families, and hospital staff; writing and presenting those encounters within a peer group; rotating on the on-call roster; participating in didactic seminars and workshops; actively joining the small group process; pursuing questions and concerns in clinical supervision; and reading and researching books and topics centered upon contemporary chaplaincy practice.

Part-Time (Intern) students can expect the following responsibilities:

1. Eight hours of scheduled clinical time (or in two four-hour time blocks), providing spiritual care for patients in the hospital who request to see a chaplain or have been consulted by staff
2. Approximately 3-4 hours written work each week
3. Weekly group sessions, generally for five hours
4. Twelve hour on-call shifts on weekends, Friday through Sunday
5. One supervisory session every two weeks

Full-Time (General Resident & Specialized Resident) students can expect the following responsibilities:

1. 40+ hour weeks, providing spiritual care for patients on assigned clinical areas and responding to emergent needs throughout the hospital
2. Approximately 4-5 hours written work each week
3. 5-7 presentations per training unit
4. On-call rotation that may include a week day each week, and a weekend or holiday
5. Group sessions twice weekly
6. Supervisory sessions once weekly

Supervisory Education students can expect a specialized education unique to their individual needs that exceeds the standard of ACPE, Inc. for supervisory education.