Wright State University Welcomes the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness

Wright State University Welcomes the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness


Dean Margaret Dunn

I am delighted to welcome Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen and her Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI) to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. I am thrilled to be giving her world-renowned programs a home here at Wright State.

For 25 years ISHI’s mission has been to contribute to contemporary health care culture through innovative educational programs that create professionals who are resilient to the pressures of the current health care system, and bring alive in their daily work the caring values that have characterized the healing relationship between clinician and patient for generations.

ISHI’s programs have also played a major educational role for students at Wright State for more than a decade as 75 percent of our first-year medical students have taken ISHI’s The Healer’s Art course. They join with the 16,000 medical students nationwide who have also found through The Healer’s Art course practical ways to strengthen their calling and experience a deeper sense of meaning, community and passionate commitment to their work.

Dr. Rachel Remen

At Wright State we have great admiration for the innovation and effectiveness of Rachel’s programs and high regard for her personally. In recognition of her unique and invaluable contribution to medical education and the practice of healing, compassionate medicine worldwide, I am pleased to announce that ISHI has been renamed the The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI) at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. With this step RISHI has become one of our own, and I am committed to raising an endowment and legacy fund to insure its growth and vitality far into the future.

In addition to RISHI’s programs for medical students and physicians we are also pleased to welcome the Power of Nursing (PON) to Wright State. PON is RISHI’s transformative educational program dedicated to nursing students and faculty, nurses in the workplace and all nurse leaders in the multiple settings in which nurses care for patients today. RISHI is committed to disseminating the Power of Nursing nationally to offer nurses an opportunity to clarify their personal relationship to the core values of the nursing profession, develop effective strategies of holistic self-care and healing and take a powerful role in effecting the direction of the future of health care.

RISHI also has brought to Wright State University its innovative and nationally disseminated Finding Meaning in Community programs for physicians, nurses and other service professionals. Finding Meaning groups are self-led groups of professionals who use narrative, poetry, symbolism and the sharing of their own professional experiences to gain a greater awareness of the deep meaning present in their daily work, find greater joy in their service and strengthen their resiliency to the challenges of today’s health care environment.

Health professional schools have traditionally seen their role as creating highly trained technically competent professionals able to effectively use the science and technology of health care to address human suffering. In contrast, RISHI’s numerous educational programs are not about further developing intellectual and technical skills. These well-researched, profoundly effective programs enable health professionals at all levels of training to operationalize their deepest service values in their daily work and form authentic professional community based on these shared values.

We are committed to RISHI’s dream of making this kind of education for professional resiliency available to all health professional students, residents and practicing health professionals. We want to develop health professionals who not only have the necessary scientific knowledge and superb technical skills to cure, but the heart to persevere through challenges; to inspire all health professionals to personally embrace their calling, passion and love for their work; and to make the values that are the foundation of health care as present and tangible in our hospitals and clinics as is the science of health care.

Wright State believes in the work of RISHI and is committed to carrying this work forward into the future through endowment and legacy funds. I believe that together we can grow RISHI into a major force in health professional education and transform professional education beyond training of mind and technical skill to an experience that deepens and strengthens the life long commitment and calling of all health professionals.

As dean, I am committing the Boonshoft School of Medicine to do its best to spread RISHI’s programs nationally and internationally. But we cannot do this alone. If you share our mission of creating through education health professionals whose work is a synthesis of mind and heart, who are worthy of caring for us and those we love, please join us.

You can mail a check to RISHI at WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, contribute online at wright.edu/give/remenfund, include RISHI in your estate planning, or contribute your ideas and your professional connections to the growth of RISHI by contacting us by email to rishi@wright.edu or by U.S. Mail to RISHI at WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435. We look forward to working together at this critical time in the history of the health professions to make the medical care of the future a work of the heart as well as the intellect.


Margaret M. Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS
Dean, Boonshoft School of Medicine
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435

For more information, contact:
Robert Copeland, C.O.O., at rishi@wright.edu

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