Medical Students Offer Comfort Through Song
Fort Worth, Texas – February 25, 2020
Twice a month medical students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) set aside their textbooks and stethoscopes and gather at Community Healthcare of Texas – Hospice House Downtown to bring comfort through song.
The students from HSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) call themselves the Hospice Choir, and while this isn’t part of their formal medical training, choir members say it is a great reminder of why they are studying medicine.
The all-volunteer acapella group is currently led by Katherine Nguyen, a 2nd-year medical student at TCOM. “In our interactions with hospice patients and patient families, we are reminded of how precious life is,” shares Nguyen. “The choir has shown me how much of an impact one person can have on a family and when I take care of my future patients, I will be caring for the whole family.”
Just as her predecessor did, Ms. Nguyen will pass the leadership of the choir to another medical student at the end of this year and the tradition of providing comfort care through song will continue.
About Community Healthcare of Texas
As the largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider in Texas, Community Healthcare of Texas has been providing end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients since 1996. Community Healthcare of Texas brings over 24 years of adult and pediatric care experience offering hospice care, palliative care, education, child life specialists, emotional and spiritual support, and grief care to families as they travel the path of serious and terminal illnesses. Community Healthcare of Texas is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP), which sets the highest standards for community and home-based health services and products. Please visit www.chot.org to learn more about Community Healthcare of Texas.