The Thomas Nevola MD Symposium on Spirituality and Health has been held annually since 1987. It is the oldest annual academic symposium on spirituality and health in the United States and is sponsored by the Thomas Nevola, MD Memorial Fund, the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, and MaineGeneral Medical Center. The mission of the Nevola Symposium is to offer quality education that emphasizes interaction and dialogue; facilitate networking and conversation among and across disciplines; and promote personal refreshment and rejuvenation. Since its inception, the Symposium has been coordinated by long-time residency faculty member Frederic Craigie, PhD.
The symposium honors the memory of Thomas Nevola, MD, an energetic and devoted young physician whose personal and professional passion for spirituality and health care was—and continues to be—inspirational. Tom Nevola was a senior resident at Maine-Dartmouth when he was killed in an automobile accident as he was completing his training in the spring of 1986. Tom believed strongly that understanding and nurturing the spiritual dimension of patients’ lives is an essential part of the healing process. With the support of contributions from a large number of colleagues, patients, friends and family, the Tom Nevola Memorial Fund created an ongoing living monument to these efforts and to Tom.
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