Medical Humanities Retreat

And You Welcomed Me: Christian Hospitality in Hospitals and Other Unlikey Places

Please join us for the 2018 Medical Humanities Retreat on January 26th and 27th at Truett

Seminary on Baylor’s campus. This year’s keynote speaker and honored guest will be Dr. Brian Volck, a writer, pediatrician, teacher and advocate for children and families in poverty. Dr. Volck will reflect on “Christian Hospitality in Hospitals and Other Unlikely Places,” a theme inspired by Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:31-46. What do ancient practices of hospitality have to do with modern medicine? What do the words of Jesus about welcoming the stranger have to say to those of us working in healthcare? What does genuine hospitality look like and how can it change us, not just others? How can this passage of scripture inform the work we are called to do and the ways in which we serve? Come explore these questions with us as we consider Matthew 25 in remarks and conversations with Dr. Volck, Baylor faculty, and local medical professionals. 

Our retreat agenda includes outstanding talks, breakout sessions, personal conversations with faculty and special guests, Q&A with Baylor alums currently in working in healthcare, meals and worship together. 

The purpose of Medical Humanities 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 become the heart and soul of the Medical Humanities Program.

Dr. Volck is a physician who lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland and practices pediatrics on the Navajo Nation. He was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 2009 to 2017. His practice and research interests include global child health, Native American child health, medical education, cross-cultural medicine, medical ethics, and the intersection of poverty, justice and health.

Dr. Volck is the author of “Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words” and the co-author of “Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine” among other works. More about Dr. Volck at

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.