John Greenall introduces CMF's new training programme.
This edition marks the launch of our new one year training programme for students!
Who's it for? Primarily for intercalating students.
What's the purpose? Develop roots for a life of faith in medicine, being equipped to lead and disciple others. Make the most of CMF's wealth of resources and opportunities to help you grow in your faith and to partner in the gospel while still a student.
Don't just take it from us. Here's what students have got up to in the recent past and what they have to say about it:
'I really enjoyed organising and participating in the Sydenham Conference, and meeting students from all over the world. I felt I grew in my knowledge and appreciation of all that CMF is involved in. I could go on and on, I really loved my time as a volunteer!'
Emma, foundation doctor in London, Deep:ER Student Trainee 2014-15
'Volunteering for CMF has been really exciting! I was welcomed as a member of the team from day one and have had fantastic opportunities to explore the future vision for CMF and learn to serve Jesus more. I highly recommend Deep:ER. I assure you that you will learn a lot and grow in your faith. What a wonderful way to spend your extra time!'
Rachel, intercalating medical student; Deep:ER Student Trainee 2015-16
So we're not reinventing the wheel. Instead we want to take what has been good about previous years, but make it even better.
So what is new about Deep:ER?
1. Essentially a more structured programme covering the key areas in combining faith and medicine. Get a handle on these and you will be well placed as you start your medical career.
2. More opportunities to develop your gifts and serve others with an expanded range of projects you can get involved in.
What might the year look like?
One day a week. Core elements including teaching every other Wednesday morning; leading Bible studies; attending at least two day conferences and two larger conferences; working on a project for example organising the SYD conference, helping with a publication, Nucleus editorial input, or developing podcasts. Core topics including end of life, beginning of life, global mission and many more. Core skills including giving an evangelistic talk, writing an article…altogether a year to really grow in your faith and explore your gifts.
What if I've only got holidays?
Don't panic! You can be a Deep:ER Impact Volunteer, working with us for a shorter period, usually between a week and two months (eg in summer holidays).
But I'm graduating soon!
Again, don't panic! We have a graduate Deep:ER Trainee programme running alongside the student option.
We'd love to hear from you and discuss possibilities. To find out more go to www.cmf.org.uk/students/volunteer, check out the videos and if interested, contact us for more detail or even go for it and fill out the application form.