New CMA Guilds!

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to THREE new CMA Guilds!!!

Catholic Medical Association Announces Three New Guilds Officially Join Organization.

Guilds in Vermont, Oklahoma and California Bring Guild Total to 113

Philadelphia, PA- June 7, 2021- The Catholic Medical Association is proud to announce three new guilds have officially joined the organization.

Together with all of our members, we welcome the The Mother Cabrini Guild of the Catholic Medical Association to the CMA. Based in Burlington, Vermont, the Mother Cabrini Guild brings our guild total to 113.

CMA guilds aim to provide fellowship, education and opportunities which serve their local Church and public. They are also a base for medical students and residents to find guidance.

“Watching the CMA grow is incredibly rewarding and we are grateful for the contributions the members of these guilds will make as Catholic physicians,” said CMA President Dr. Michael Parker.

“We are very excited to have the Mother Cabrini Guild as a source of fellowship and support for the Catholic health care workers in Vermont,” said Dr. James Ulager, Vice President of the Mother Cabrini Guild.

“Given the nature of the past year, that sense of community is more important than ever. We deeply appreciate the support of Bishop Coyne, and the guidance of our chaplain Father Jon Schnobrich,” added Dr. Ulager.

In recent months, the CMA also welcomed The Holy Family Guild of Oklahoma City and The Diocese of Monterey Guild.

“The Holy Family Guild of Oklahoma City seeks to create a community of physicians and healthcare professionals where they have the opportunity to educate, guide and support each other and the community on matters related to the treatment of our sisters and brothers in Christ,” said Dr. Vincent Venincasa, President of The Holy Family Guild of Oklahoma City.

“We are so pleased to have established our CMA guild in Monterey and welcome all health care professionals, their families, clergy and friends.  We join the national CMA and other guilds in our priorities of fellowship, education, service and growth in prayer and holiness. We are blessed to have the wonderful support and guidance of Bishop Danny Garcia and our Chaplain, Father John Farao, as we move forward in this year of challenge and hope,” said Dr. Cindy Hunt, President of The Diocese of Monterey Guild. “Building our Guild presence is vital to the continued efforts of the CMA, allowing our mission which is to form and support current and future physicians to live and promote the principles of the Catholic Faith in the science and practice of medicine, to become fully realized across the country,” added Dr. Parker.

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The Catholic Medical Association is a national, physician-led community of more than 2,300 healthcare professionals consisting of 113 local guilds. CMA mission is to inform, organize, and inspire its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.

Jill Blumenfeld

blumenfeld@cathmed.org cathmed.org

25% Off for New CMA Members

The CMA is offering a 25% discount for new members, which is a great deal! You can sign up here. (When they ask, you can tell them that our Guild President, Thomas Carroll, referred you! =))

We are also always happy to welcome new (and returning!) members to our local Guild as well! Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions…or you can just sign up!

2021 CMA Meeting – Call for Proposals

Do you have something you’d like to share with your Catholic healthcare colleagues across the country? If so…

The Call for Abstracts to present at the 2021 CMA Annual Educational Conference (Oct 7-9) in sunny Orlando FL is out! You can see their promotional video here.

The meeting’s theme is “The Joy of Medicine,” take a look and consider submitting an abstract. If you’d like help developing an idea and/or getting it ready to submit, the Finger Lakes Guid is happy to help! You can contact us here.

CMA Annual Educational Conference Goes Virtual!

2020 Annual Educational Conference

September 25-26, 2020

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?

Physicians, Heal Thyself – The Pulse of Catholic Medicine

By Cynthia Hunt, M.D.

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.

Read the whole piece…

CMA Call for 2021 Breakout Speaker Proposals

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!

So, if you’re interested check out the call for proposals and a very helpful video with some guidance here.

CMA Annual Meeting is Going Hybrid

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!

2020 Annual Educational Conference

Hybrid and Virtual Conference

Friday and Saturday

September 25 & 26, 2020

We may not all be able to meet in person this year but we can still connect virtually!