What to Expect

The purpose of our retreat is to carve out time for reflection and contemplation on the sacred nature of a vocation in medicine. This retreat, first envisioned by Dr. Mike Attas, has always been the heart and soul of the Medical Humanities Program.

You can expect to hear amazing speakers who aim to broaden the minds of students by considering specific passages of scripture. At the most recent retreat, our keynote speaker, Dr. Mike Attas, considered two passages - Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45. Questions explored during his presentation included: What does the story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones have to say to us at Baylor? And in the New Testament- is the raising of Lazarus relevant? Does the hope of restoration and resurrection have any real meaning for modern medical professionals? What would it mean to breathe new life into healthcare?


The retreat is centered around a few meals and discussion of important topics in the medical humanities community. We thoughtfully encourage students to learn more about the medical humanities field and to foster relationships with those in the field. It is a great way to show students both the ethical and religious aspects of medicine.

I came to this retreat and received more than I could have imagined, says an attendee of a previous retreat. I heard about their experiences from a Christian Perspective. I learned how to apply my Christian values to my prospective medical practice. This weekend was amazing.


Our retreat agenda usually includes:

  • breakout sessions
  • personal conversations with faculty and special guests
  • q&a with Baylor alums who are currently in med school
  • meals and worship together
  • community building among students, faculty and guests

We encourage students and faculty from all disciplines and departments of the university to attend. Please join us for this very special event!