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nucleus: summer 2011

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a year gone by

On the evening of 29 May, I lay on my bed staring at the blank ceiling with relieved disbelief that it was all over! Having done three exams and handed in a dissertation on the controversial subject of conscientious objection in medical practice, I honestly felt like a massive weight...

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modern day foot washing

Christian medical students at Imperial College have been stewarding on sports nights in the medics' bar since October 2010. This has been an opportunity to serve the medical school, raise the profile of CMF and – most importantly – scatter the seed of the gospel in previously barren land. On...

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news review

churches sign up to Olympic outreach With the London Olympics only a year away, many churches are drawing up plans for engagement and outreach during the games. This might involve hosting athletes' families, or erecting big screens to show events. More than Gold is an organisation coordinating the Church's response to the...

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medical school news: south- east

God is doing great things in the south-east – renowned for its glorious sunshine, relaxed universities and intellectual prowess. Perhaps most encouraging was the tremendous turn out to the National Conference (over 40 students) and enthusiasm that many got from it. Students came back full of renewed passion for God...

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autonomy is the ruining principle of medical ethics

Over the past 20 years there has been a shift in clinical decision making, impacted strongly by a change in thinking about respect for individual autonomy. This change, while seemingly benevolent, results in an unstable grounding for our ethical decisions. autonomy killed Hippocrates For centuries the ruling principle of medical ethics had...

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web reviews

The YouVersion Bible app How much? FREE What devices can it be used on? Basically everything - iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows phone, Palm HP Web OS, Java, Symbian, and Mobile Web. Key features: Quick and easy to search theentire Bible for a word, phrase, or...

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working out a biblical ethic

Love it or hate it, an understanding of ethics is essential to practising medicine effectively. Wherever you turn, there are decisions to make. How should we approach them? Christians want to do what God says is right. But how do we know what that is? Many great thinkers, including Christians,...

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thriving as a junior

The three 'FY1 survival kit' seminars at CMF's 2011 National Student Conference raised broadly similar issues. In describing these and the advice given, we are mindful that we tread where many have gone before. We commend the articles written by Laurence Crutchlow (1) and Peter Saunders. (2) Their principles still...

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conscientious objection

Conscientious objection (CO) in healthcare is the right for practitioners not to participate in legal clinical procedures to which they hold a moral objection. The most widely understood application relates to termination of pregnancy, but there are many other procedures that are already or could become relevant, for example: circumcision...

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why I came to medical school?

In front of me are the interview panel; my final hurdle, my gateway, my greatest obstacle. The interview has gone well so far, and then comes the dreaded question: 'So why do you want to study medicine?' how the journey began I didn't always know I wanted to be a doctor. Though...

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Ukrainian student conference

Ukraine (for those who don't know!) is located just north of the Black Sea, bordering Russia to the north-east, Belarus to the north, and several eastern European countries to the west. The capital is Kyiv, and the population is about 46 million, slightly less than that of England, but in...

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God's big picture

God's Big Picture – Vaughan Roberts IVP 2009 RRP £8.99 (but £4 on 12-12 scheme!) This book falls short of its objectives if it leaves us no better off than the Pharisees – diligently studying the Scriptures but not seeking the life that Jesus is offering us through the Word. In this Bible...

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hard questions about health and healing

Hard Questions About Healthand Healing – Andrew Fergusson CMF 2005 RRP £8.00 (but £4 on 12-12 scheme!) The book begins by looking at the foundations of what we believe as Christians, as a basis to approach the issues of health and healing. It discusses the need for a balance between the...

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Heroes and Heretics: St Francis

the dangers of establishment and corruption How did an obscure Jewish sect transform into medieval monasticism in Europe and beyond? We have traced the rise of Christianity in the West, especially following Constantine's conversion, which was in some ways a disaster for the church. While Constantine allowed the church liberty, he...

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cross-word 4

Nucleus crossword By Lactometer (1 Peter 2:2) Entries can be submitted by post to the office, or email to giles@cmf.org.uk. The deadline is 1 November 2011.The winning entry will receive a copy of Code Red and a CMF pen-torch, runners-up will receive pen-torches.A cryptic crossword will also be posted online. Download crossword as...

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a day in the life...

It's 9.15 am; this is an early morning. At least when compared to the rest of my timetable, which features only one other pre-midday start. No this isn't a dream consultant placement, it's intercalation. I'm sitting across from my project supervisor, using my medical communication skills to give the appearance that...

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