Hello everyone! My name is Kate Kondratuk and I am humbled to serve as the CMA-SS President for 2018. I am a third-year medical student at the USD Sanford School of Medicine (South Dakota’s one and only medical school) planning on applying into Dermatology next application season. I discovered the CMA during my medical school interviews and was blessed to attend the 2015 Boot Camp before starting med school. The training in Catholic bioethics and moral teaching that I received at the Boot Camp, as well as the wonderful friendships and professional mentors that I gained, created a firm foundation that have helped me stay true to myself and authentic Catholic teaching throughout medical school. I truly believe that the CMA is a wonderful organization and I’m excited to work with the rest of the 2018 CMA-SS Board to expand the opportunities and resources for medical students through the CMA. Know that we are all here to serve you, our fellow student members. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Board at [email protected] with any thoughts of how we can better serve you this year. You’re in our prayers!
Mary Katherine Montes de Oca
My name is Mary Katherine Montes de Oca, and I am a third year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in Greenville, SC. I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and am part of a large Catholic family. I attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL for my undergraduate degree. I was introduced to the Catholic Medical Association within the past year and am amazed at how much of an impact this group has had on my life in the Church and on my relationship with Christ. I attended the CMA National Conference in Denver, CO and was able to meet many Catholic physicians and medical students with similar goals and beliefs who encourage challenge each other. I am very excited to serve on the Student Section board as Vice President and hope to help Catholic medical students find a sense of community and support through this organization. Please know that you are all in our prayers!
Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ! My name is Robert Ring and I am honored to serve as the CMA-SS Secretary in 2018. I am loving life as a second-year medical student at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. I grew up in Sparta, Wisconsin and attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where I also met my wonderful wife Abby. We were married after graduation, and lived in Philadelphia for a year before moving to Kirksville where I completed a master’s degree in microbiology at KCOM. In Kirksville, we also welcomed our first daughter Adelaide in 2014 and are expecting another daughter this April! I was blessed to attend both the Medical Student Boot Camp in 2016 and the 2017 Conference in Denver. I am so encouraged by the amazing physicians and new friends I have met in the CMA who so passionately live the Catholic faith through our vocation to medicine. I am interested in practicing family medicine and am excited for the next steps in this amazing journey with all of you and the CMA! Come, Holy Spirit, give us the wisdom to lead your people.
Regional Director Coordinator
Michael Thomas Clark
“Howdy! My name’s Michael Clark, and I’m the new Mikey on the board — shout out to Mikey Padilla, OG Mikey on the board. This year I’ll be serving in a newly created position, the Regional Director Coordinator, to promote senses of belonging and community among our chartered student section chapters and individual student section members. At its core, my job is to make sure all student members of the CMA know they aren’t in isolation; there is an entire organization of people standing in solidarity with them, praying for them, and looking to help them reach their goals of being health professionals formed in the teachings of the Catholic Church. If you’d like to help me in this endeavor, I always welcome help! Reach out to us at [email protected]! As for me, I grew up in a small town in Eastern Indiana the third of four children. In high school my family moved to the northern suburbs of Indianapolis, where we’ve found wonderful parish families to call our own. I earned a BS in Biological Sciences in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Global Health in 2014, both from the University of Notre Dame. GO IRISH! Currently, I am a third year at Indiana University School of Medicine, with interests in pediatric cardiology and, obviously, global health. In my spare time I love to be with my family — especially my two nieces, hang out with friends, make music, play sports, and in general stay active. I ask for any and all prayers for this year’s board, and all medical students, as we work to make Christ known in settings where His Healing and Love are always needed.”
Greetings! My name is Elaine Bilbily, and I am honored to be serving as the Technology Officer this year. I am currently a third year medical student at the University of Kentucky. I am Canadian! I grew up in Toronto and earned my BMSc at Western University, meaning that I made the move to the US more recently, for medical school. I am so thankful to God because I am certain it was Divine Providence that brought me to Lexington, to seek out the Lord, grow in my faith, meet my fiancé(!), and be part of this wonderful community of the CMA. I enjoy a myriad of activities, in which I’ve discovered about myself that I find joy in learning just about anything new — whether it is bird-watching, knitting, or the waltz. Perhaps God made me the jack-of-all-trades sort. However, when I rediscovered Catholicism (thank you Matthew Kelly, Scott Hahn, Bishop Barron, Fr Mike Schmitz, etc!), my world was transformed and the deepening and sharing of the Catholic Faith is what I am all about. Albeit I still like to learn new things, but reading and sharing, discussing the faith, and participating in the mysteries of the most amazing thing that has ever existed and will ever exist wins me over, every time. Thanks be to God for planting seeds of faith in my life that have grown much, but I would not be where I am without the wonderful opportunities of the CMA, including the Boot Camp, the Annual Meeting, and the beautiful souls I have encountered along the way. Medicine is awesome, but it is infinitely more so through the lens of Catholicism!
Please feel free to contact us or me specifically with any questions at all. I am happy that you have landed on the site, please get involved. God Bless you!
Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Drapac. I am a third year medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, and I love it here! I have moved around a lot in my life and the Catholic Church has always been a home for me. I was born in Chicago, grew up in Minnesota, moved to Virginia in high school, attended the University of Virginia for my undergraduate degree, and then moved to Nashville, TN to work at Vanderbilt University as a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary. I am the second oldest of seven kids (6 girls and a boy 😊) and love being part of a big family! I am currently engaged and will be married in May to my fiance Paul 🙂 My love for the Church and my desire to share the truths of the Catholic Church with others grew when I was in college, and I’m praying that it continues to everyday. I am blessed that God called me to serve as the communications director of the CMA this year! You are all in our prayers!