Collaborating for Continued Success
The Catholic Medical Association is one example of an association of medical professionals united for the purpose of upholding the common good in the provision of healthcare in America. However, we cannot accomplish our mission in isolation.
Regardless of political ideology, most Americans share a common goal to further the common good by assuring that no one is left behind in accessing quality healthcare. There are, however, divergent approaches to achieve this goal.
Despite the extraordinarily challenging times, I am hopeful because I see the Holy Spirit bringing imperfect vessels (as a mentor calls them) together — like the Christ Medicus Foundation, the Catholic Medical Association and other allies — to do extraordinary things in ways seemingly impossible just a few years ago.
One of the benefits of Christian faith-based organizations like the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) collaborating is that doing so allows them to exemplify the unity in the Body of Christ.
Federal and state mandates seem to disregard how moral beliefs impact all aspects of a person’s life beyond their Sunday worship. But as Catholics face increasing challenges, we are also experiencing a renewal in the strength of our unified voice.
At the very least, as we look for allies in our continued struggle for conscience protection and religious freedom, we must remember that it is easy to demonize people one does not know. If you can be the Catholic in a non-Catholic’s life, you can be the reason he or she supports religious liberty.
Annual Leadership Training Meeting & Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp: “Fishers of Men: Discipleship in Action”
The Annual Leadership Training Meeting was held in conjunction with the weeklong ethics Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp. Physicians, residents and medical students from all over the country gathered along with virtual attendees to discuss practical ways to live discipleship, grow in leadership skills and apply those lessons to their guilds and medical practices.
One of the incredible highlights of this experience was connecting with fellow Catholic medical students. We came from all across the country and from different backgrounds, but we all shared a deep desire to serve God and His people as loving and faithful Catholic physicians. It was an honor and inspiration to walk alongside these individuals throughout the week.
The faith-based medical show is hosted by CMA Board Member and Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas McGovern. Dr. McGovern, along with CMA member guests, provide expert insight for the every-day viewer through conversational episodes which cover a range of relevant topics from depression to contraception.
Three new guilds — one each from the states of Vermont, Oklahoma and California — have officially joined CMA. “Watching CMA grow is incredibly rewarding, and we are grateful for the contributions the members of these guilds will make as Catholic physicians," said President Dr. Michael Parker.
In his debut book, Every Deep-drawn Breath, Dr. Wes Ely, President of the Nashville CMA Guild and Founder of the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group at Vanderbilt Medical School, employs personal reflection, scientific research, patient experience, and medical history to reveal a clear path to better care for patients in the ICU.