Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion


The Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion seeks to create opportunities for medical trainees and physicians to explore the intersections between health, spirituality and religion through lectures, research opportunities and interdisciplinary training to enhance patient centered care and find personal meaning in the practice of medicine.


  • Develop spiritual competencies in all of our medical students. 
  • Provide opportunity for deeper discussion/education on this topic for interested students and other learners. 
  • Raise awareness of the intersection of spirituality, faith and religion with medicine in the health system at large. 
  • Ensure that our endeavors are open to all interested faculty, clinicians, nurses, chaplaincy staff and other health care professionals.
  • Develop a community of people at U-M who are passionate about this topic. 
  • Provide education on incorporating spirituality into professional and personal development. 
  • Improve patient care through these efforts.
You Can Make a Difference

Gifts to the Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion support efforts to reshape the culture of medicine. Your contribution ensures Michigan Medicine’s world-class research and education are influenced by the understanding that compassionate care must address the whole person.

Kristin M. Collier, MD
Upcoming Woll Family Speakers
Finding Joy, Meaning and Health in Clinical Medicine
Guest speaker Laura B. Vater, MD, MPH will share thoughts on what ways doctors should and could focus on promoting their own joy, meaning and health.
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Past Lectures

Watch past lectures from the Health, Spirituality and Religion Woll Family Speaker Series on YouTube.

Pregnancy in Torah Texts: What the Multivocal Jewish Tradition Offers to the Motherhood Discourse
Speaker Rabbanit Leah Sarna will present on the topic of pregnancy in the Torah texts.
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Articles of Interest

What does it all mean? Kristin M. Collier, MD, shares insights on incorporating patients’ spiritual and religious beliefs into health care plans.

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Meet Our Team
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Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Residency Program Director
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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Welcome to our 2023-24 HSR Student Fellows

Amanda grew up mostly in sunny, South Florida and she attended Nova Southeastern University for her BS in Biology and Florida International University for her MPH in Epidemiology. She is applying into Anesthesiology and just spent a year away from clinicals to partake in anesthesia research at Michigan Medicine. She is also one of the Anesthesiology Student Interest Group Presidents for 2023-2024. Her interests are in medical education and outcomes-based research. 

Jill is interested in growing her understanding of what it means to take care of the whole person. Clinically, she is interested in emergency medicine. She is specifically interested in rural medicine and hopes to serve patients in one of Michigan's rural communities. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband and being outdoors biking, skiing, and hiking.

Bassel is an M4 pursuing a career in Urology. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019 with a bachelor’s in Industrial and Operations Engineering and spoke at both the school-wide and engineering commencement ceremonies. Following his graduation, he worked as a healthcare engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Previously, he had completed summer internships with the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety and Amazon. Bassel is Co-founder and Co-president of the American Muslim Medical Student Association (AMMSA), the largest student-led Muslim organization in the country. His research focuses are broad and include endourology, uro-oncology, implementation of automated dashboards, and discrimination. He is passionate about community work and dreams of synthesizing technical skills in engineering with clinical medicine to improve patient outcomes.