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Penn Medicine

Chaplain Extern- Part Time- Hospital of the University of Pennslvania




Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Department of Spiritual Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Part-Time Chaplain Extern:


The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Student/Chaplain Extern commits to learning and growing in competence and proficiency in the practice of spiritual care in a manner consistent with the Penn Medicine mission and values. Under the close supervision of a Clinical Pastoral Educator, the student participates in patient care as relates to individuals' religious / spiritual experience. The student is committed to respecting the dignity, faith tradition, culture and/or philosophical world view of each individual and family.


• The CPE Student/Chaplain Extern attends to the assignments, direction and correction of the ACPE Certified Educator. Provides spiritual care to all patients, residents, families, hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, and other individuals in assigned clinical areas, consistent with the values of the Penn Medicine.
• The CPE Student/Chaplain Extern will function as a member of a multidisciplinary team caring for patients, residents, individuals, families and staff in an assigned clinical area, working cooperatively with Staff Chaplains, Level I/II CPE Students and Supervisory Education Students.
• Attend and participate in all scheduled CPE training sessions, e.g.; seminars, didactics, supervisory conferences. Deliver written work in a timely manner.
• Take responsibility for personal learning; using the CPE methodology to further growth in professional, personal, and theological competencies.
• Protect peer confidentiality.
• Comply with all rules, regulations, and the mission of Penn Medicine, the specific entity and the CPE program.
• Understand the spiritual needs of patient/resident/family/individual care in the assigned entity.
• Work in close collaboration with the members of the Department of Pastoral Care in delivering spiritual care to patients, residents, families, individuals, and staff in accordance with the mission of Penn Medicine
• Participate in staff meetings when requested.
• Provide timely communication of pertinent patient information to the responsible chaplain.
• Participate in regular supervision.
• Be timely, consistent, and on site for the required number of clinical hours.
• Adhere to all entity specific policies regarding environmental safety, infection control, emergency management and documentation.
Uphold the Pastoral Care Mission
• Excellence - We will strive for excellence through creativity and innovation.
• Integrity - We will be truthful, equitable and committed to intellectual honesty.
• Diversity - We will foster intellectual, racial, social and cultural diversity.
• Professionalism - We will achieve the highest standards of professionalism through ethical behavior, collaboration, self-education and respect for all members of Penn Medicine.
• Individual Opportunity - We support equal opportunity and individual creativity and innovation.
• Teamwork and Collaboration - We will support each other and promote collaboration with our colleagues and thoughtful stewardship of University and Penn Medicine resources.
• Tradition - We will learn from our history, take responsibility for the future and promote the unique nature of the Penn environment.
• Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures.

Education or Equivalent Experience:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Theology, Philosophy, or Theological Education (Required)
We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

Live Your Life's Work

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.