The Conference will be available live online as well as in-person (in San Diego). To sign up click here.
The theme of the conference is “Medicine’s Integrity: Reclaiming the Doctor-Patient Relationship”. Conference speakers will focus on national and cultural currents (Law, Humanities, Psychology, Theology, History) that might harm the doctor-patient relationship at the practical or personal level. How do we as Catholic physicians respond to these challenges (eg. physician assisted suicide, transgenderism, gender reassignment surgery, marijuana use, pornography, etc.) in a faithful, compassionate way?
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress tremendously for many physicians and health care providers in multiple ways that are unprecedented in volume and intensity. Considering 50% of physicians reported burnout prior to the pandemic, it is now increasingly important to follow the directive found in Luke 4:23, “Physicians, heal thyself.” This verse can be understood as a reminder to physicians to work on their own illnesses and weaknesses to be better able to help others.
“The Finger Lakes Guild of Rochester, New York and the Palm Beach Physicians Guild of Florida are happy to announce an exciting new way to connect in these challenging times. Building on the successful initiative first launched in New York, the guilds are collaborating with the national CMA office to offer all guilds the new Virtual Journal Club…” continued
• Connect with fellow CMA members across the country • Discuss timely topics relevant to living the Catholic faith while practicing in an increasingly secular world • Inspire colleagues to join your local Guild and the CMA by “bringing” them along
The Finger Lakes Guild, in collaboration with the Palm Beach Physicians Guild and the national Catholic Medical Association will be announcing our next Virtual Journal Club in the near future, so stay tuned!
The CMA has put out a call for Breakout Speaker Proposals for the Annual Educational Meeting that will be held in Orlando, FL on October 7-9, 2021. The submission deadline is November 2, 2020 and while that seems like a long way out…these things do have a way of sneaking up on us!
The CMA has announced that due to COIVD-related travel restrictions they are transitioning the annual meeting to a hybrid in-person and virtual format. Details are forthcoming.
While this is disappointing in many ways it also provides an opportunity for those who would have otherwise not been able to travel to San Diego to still take part! Stay tuned for more info re: registration!
I was very glad to read that Dr. Meaney has recovered from his health scare…and…I was not at all surprised to hear about the drastic visitor restrictions that caused him to be denied the sacraments. This is occurring all over the country, including here in Rochester.
The reasoning for these restrictions is clear and while I am very much in favor of doing what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he sums up the fundamental problem succinctly:
I do not think some thoroughly secular people grasp the magnitude of the offense of denying a gravely ill or even dying person the last rites of the Church. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, including Holy Viaticum, can literally make the difference between an eternal destiny in heaven or one in hell.
Ultimately the secular world simply disagrees…and sadly so do many Catholics with perhaps as few as 30% of self-identified Catholics believing that the Most Blessed Sacrament is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The question is whether the Church in the US and around the world has the political will and moral fortitude to face this challenge.
Thank you to everyone who offered their support for my talk about Physician Assisted Suicide opposite Tim Quill on Wednesday! I very much appreciate the (virtual) “in-person” support of those who were able to join via Zoom and for all of your prayers!
I am told that the session was recorded and I will post the link when it becomes available.
Please consider supporting our President, Dr. Tom Carroll, as he talks about Physician Assisted Suicide opposite Dr. Timothy Quill on Wednesday, 5/27, from 12-1pm. The Zoom link is https://urmc.zoom.us/s/94337697512
This presentation is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Unmasked conference. This is a forum for presentations about projects around the COVID-19 crisis and abstracts that were part of canceled conferences this spring. In addition to Dr. Carroll’s presentation there is a full slate of intriguing presentations on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please feel free to join any/all that you like!