ICMDA connects Christians in medicine and dentistry all around the world, equipping them to live out their faith at work. It's a global movement uniting national Christian medical and dental organisations in over 70 countries, and is developing and supporting new movements in other places.
Since it began in 1963, the purpose of ICMDA has been is to encourage each other, sharing resources and connecting with those doing similar work. Conferences play an important role; they are run throughout the 11 regions which form ICMDA. Every four years we hold a World Congress when hundreds join together from the four corners of the globe - a foretaste of heaven.
Leadership training prepared and equips the next generation of Christian leaders in medicine and dentistry. CMF UK runs an annual international conference to train student leaders connected to ICMDA movements. Every summer we send teams to run camps in a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviety Union and we support other events throughout the year.
As part of the international family of Christians in medicine and dentistry, we support each other in times of crisis. CMF UK has raised money for brothers and sisters working in places where disasters have struck: in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia during the 2004 Tsunami, in Pakistan during the 2005 earthquake, in Zimbabwe during the cholera crisis of 2008 and again in Pakistan in the 2010 floods. It's a privilege to enable others to use their medical skills where the needs are acute.
Daryl Hackland is handing over leadership to Vinod Shah, and the Head Office will move from South Africa to India in January 2011. Ralph Zarazir from Lebanon is student and junior's secretary, and CMF's Kevin Vaughan has recently become Chairman of the ICMDA Board.
CMF UK is part of the Eurasia Region of ICMDA. Stretching from Reykjavik to Vladivostok and St Petersburg to Cairo, Eurasia is a vast and varied region. Comprising a third of the world's nations and a fifth of the world's population, it spans a diverse and changing healthcare climate.
Recent years have witnessed amazing growth. As well as the revitalising of older West European movements we have seen the birth of new movements in Central Europe and an increasing impact among students and juniors in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Across the region, nine volunteer Area Student Representatives encourage the work among medical and dental students, equipping them for the challenge of following Jesus in medicine.
James Tomlinson is the Eurasia Regional Secretary, based in UK.
Visit the ICMDA website and see news from around the world. Resources feature downloadable talks from ICMDA conferences, and links to other CMF websites around the world (hint use Google Translate to view sites in English whereever they are from)
Sign up to receive regular news, or join the student or juniors' email forum by clicking subscribe at ICMDA.
Go on a CMF summer team supporting Christian medics in another country - contact the CMF student dept - or take the opportunity to meet with Christian medics in another country when on your elective.