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CMA Resources for Students


June 19, 2015

Sample Letter for Ob/Gyn Clerkship

Many students are especially nervous about their obstetrics/gynecology clerkship.  Below is a sample letter that other students have found useful in communicating their stance on beginning-of-life issues. Dear Clerkship Director:   I am a third year medical student who will be beginning my obstetrics and gynecology clerkship in MONTH.  I have heard great reviews from... Read More

August 27, 2013

Introduction to Conscience Rights

Staying true to Catholic teaching during your clinical years can be daunting, but the law is on your side. Below are citations from federal law. To get more information on state law, go to Americans United for Life’s resource, Defending Life. (AUL sells the current year issue of Defending Life, but the prior year is... Read More

July 28, 2012

On Serving the Poor with the Capuchin Franciscans

In August 2006, I loaded up my car in suburban Chicago with some meager belongings and began my trip to Baltimore, MD.  The solo 13 hour drive afforded me the luxury of reflecting what brought me to that point, of how I came to leave my home, my family and friends, to begin a year... Read More

March 16, 2012

Medical Students For Life

Do you need support and resources for pro-life issues? We have been in contact with many other CMA student ran groups in the nation but would like to try to reach more by the end of the semester.  If you have any questions please e-mail James Christophersen, Medical Students for Life Coordinator, Students for Life... Read More

January 17, 2012

“Compartmentalization”

In a recent panel discussion at my medical school, the issue of how religion and spirituality affect the way a physician provides care came up.  The general consensus of the panelists was that the physicians should work hard at compartmentalizing their beliefs in order to provide unbiased care to their patients. This conclusion is alarming... Read More

December 30, 2011

Encountering IUDs

MYTH: IUDs are abortifacient. Isn’t that good to know? That was the title of a slide in one of my pharmacology lectures during my gynecology unit. In no other class is the pharmacology taught in a way that is reminiscent of an attorney aggressively defending his client in court. With no other medications are the... Read More