March 2014

Spring is almost here! Personally, it's my favorite season as winter melts away and the hope of new life emerges in each budding leaf and flower. It's a great reminder of the growth of the seed of the gospel that God has planted in our own life.

With this new growth, comes new opportunities...something we are not short of here at CMDA!

Take a moment and be encouraged in this month's Think About It, and mark your calendar for our webinar. Check out the opportunity to design the 2014 CMDA student t-shirt and win shirts for your entire chapter! Grab a group of friends and plan to join us at the upcoming CMDA National Convention in April or even the International World Congress in July!

In the meantime, I hope you can slip out of the hospital or classroom during day hours for a little fresh air and to see the beauty with which your Creator has surrounded you. It is good.

Praying for you as you continue your journey,

J. Scott Ries, MD
Vice President, CMDA
National Director, Campus Ministries

Think About It: Monthly Food for Your Soul
Excuses or Obedience
by Scott Boyles, MDiv, CMDA Northeast Regional Director

"'Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.'... But Moses said to the LORD, 'Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.' Then the LORD said to him, 'Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.' But he said, 'Oh, my Lord, please send someone else'" (Exodus 3:10; 4:10-13, ESV).

There are key moments in our lives when God stops us in our tracks and calls us to change directions or to resume a path we had turned from earlier. Moses knew he had some role to play in helping his fellow Hebrews, but an earlier attempt turned him into a fugitive, a man wanted for murder by those who adopted him and rejected by his own people. Many years later, while Moses is minding his own business in the middle of the desert, God shows up in a miraculous way to call him to the path for which He has prepared him.

But what is his response? "Yes! I've been waiting for this! Just point the way, God! I've been shepherding sheep so long out here, I am ready to shepherd your people!"

Not quite.

"But Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?'" (Exodus 3:11, ESV).

Moses says no, and explains why he can't do what God is asking him to do. Even after God says that He will speak for him, Moses just pleads with God to send someone else. Eventually, Moses accepts God's call: "...Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant" (Hebrews 3:5a, ESV) and brought God's people out of Egypt into the land God promised to them.

You may be in the middle of a busy period of preparing for, taking or recovering from exams or smack dab in the middle of clinical experiences designed to expose you to the reality of taking care of real people.

But are you ready to respond to God's call?

It may not be a call from a miraculous source to rescue a whole people group from bondage. It's more likely an opportunity for you to join God at work in the life of a fellow student, a patient or even faculty member. Will you give excuses for why you can't follow God's call or will you make time to be a part of God's plan for that person?

Please take time today to reflect on the opportunities God gives you to love people in His name. You may be the exact person they need to see living for God and being a friend to them that reveals their need for Jesus.

Student & Resident Life Webinar Series

This month, join Dr. Ries as he welcomes Dr. Bob Orr to explore: "Clinical Ethics at the Bedside?" You won't want to miss this timely topic on our CMDA Student & Resident Life Webinar Series. Be sure to register right away and join us live on Sunday, March 16!

Want free t-shirts?

How would you like to win free CMDA t-shirts for your entire CMDA campus chapter? You providing the winning design for the 4th Annual CMDA T-shirt Design Contest! Grab your best graphic designer buddies and come up with an awesome t-shirt design, and you could be our winner! Deadline is March 31.

Resource of the Month

Medical Ethics: A Primer for Students by Bob Orr, MD, and Fred Chay, ThM Medical and dental ethics are about "doing the right thing." Sounds simple, but it's not. Get great help and insight as you begin to encounter challenging scenarios as a medical or dental student.

International CMDA World Congress

On July 21-26, 2014, you have the remarkable opportunity to join a group of students and residents from CMDA-USA and travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands to grow, learn and worship with medical students and doctors from around the world. This is the 50th year celebration of the International CMDA, at the World Congress Conference, which occurs only every four years.

Some partial scholarships are available, so if you are interested in attending, please send us a note at

National Student Council

Are you heading toward your third or fourth year? We want you! Stay engaged with CMDA and like-minded students across the country. The National Student Council is a great way to engage, be encouraged and discover great opportunities to serve God through healthcare at an even broader level.

CMDA National Convention

Want an amazing experience of worshiping, learning and fellowshipping with other Christian doctors and students? Join us at the CMDA National Convention in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Great activities especially for students, including the annual meeting of the National Student Council, Life Skills Institute, Bonfire, S'mores and more! Check out the video of 2013 CMDA Convention highlights!

Attention All Dental Students

Register now for the 2014 Emerging Leaders in Dentistry Symposium! Join us June 13-15, 2014 at the CMDA headquarters in Bristol, Tennessee for a weekend of exploring Christ-centered topics that will help you grow as a leader in dentistry. Total cost for students is $50 and includes lodging, meals and the conference. The deal of the century. Don't miss it!

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