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Religion and Medicine: History, Ethos, and Practice

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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T. Patrick Jensen, II, MD, MDiv, PG-4 Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Patrick Jensen attended the University of Miami where he originally sought out to complete a Biology degree with medicine in mind. However, he began contemplating a degree in music and theology and thus attended what was then the Church of God Theological Seminary (now known as the Pentecostal Seminary) in Cleveland, TN. He achieved his ordination and it was during his hospital chaplain internship where the interest for medicine re-emerged and thus began his interest in the intersection of religion and medicine, particularly mental health. He wrote his MDiv thesis on the complicated problem of suffering, healing, and theodicy outline a theological integrative approach to medical practice. He found the love of his life while attending seminary and was married in July of 2003. He attended medical school at East Tennessee University and was blessed with two wonderful children during his time at East Tennessee University. He then came to Duke for Psychiatry residency and was blessed with two more children while completing his training here. He has been hired by Tanner Medical Health Systems in Georgia where he will provide a mix of outpatient, inpatient, and ECT services. All the while, he plans on involving himself with his local church pursuing his calling to minister the gospel and explore the intersection of religion and medicine.

Contact: Mae Burks