An introduction from Donna L. B. Lowry, MD
Director, Hope Summer Institute

I would like to introduce you to Hope College’s new venture, the Hope Summer Institute (HSI) Lifetime of Learning Series, and invite you to participate. As a Hope alumna (’89), physician, and physician’s spouse, I am very excited about Hope’s commitment to this series and trust that your interest will also be piqued.

The goal of HSI is to recapture the energy and love of the liberal arts for professionals. In so doing, the individual will be provided with challenge and rejuvenation in work, personal, family and community life. The mission of the HSI is to create an adventure in learning and living, not only for knowledge and wisdom, but also meaning and purpose as is found through the liberal arts in the context of the historic Christian faith.

The first HSI conference, The Art of Medicine: Thinking beyond Diagnosis and Therapy, will be offered in Summer 2005. Through exploring Inquiry, Innovation, Communication and Balance, medical professionals will have the opportunity to be mentally, physically and spiritually challenged. CME credits are also being sought through joint sponsorship with the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Consortium.

The conference will be held over a two and one-half day period and will allow for summer vacation activities too. Lectures and discussions on professional development, personal accountability and development, community contribution, and faith will occur in the morning. Fun opportunities for learning and recreation with families, on and off campus, will be offered in the afternoon. The day will be punctuated by a wonderful evening meeting with colleagues and guests over dinner and a day’s end discussion. There will be plenty of opportunities for new friends to be made and for old friendships to be rekindled. For those who have children, a fantastic “family friendly” Hope experience is being planned.

If you have ever shared my feelings of working so hard in the daily grind of patient care, practice management and infrastructure politics that we may be sacrificing our own mental, physical and spiritual well being; and if, as I, you wonder how you have gone from an energetic college student, who in late adolescence decided to pursue a medical career, to someone who yearns for the energy and inspiration that your undergraduate liberal arts education offered, then the Hope Summer Institute (HSI) Lifetime of Learning Series 2005, is for you. It was precisely through multidisciplinary studies that our young minds were opened and ideas were born, plans were solidified and execution occurred.

Consider joining us in late July 2005 where we will be encouraged in our journey and our lifetime of learning will continue.


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