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Beginning well

Rachel Owusu-Ankomah is CMF Head of Student Ministries. Well, you have arrived at university. A myriad of emotions may be flooding you: excitement, fear and confusion. Perhaps a mix of questions: can I do this? What will people be like? Will I make friends? How do I get to lecture...

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Choosing a church

Dave had just started medical school. He didn't know many people, and was keen to find a lively and welcoming church. Ideally with free food. He soon found a large, student church near campus, with achingly cool people and 'awesome' worship music. The YouTube videos they used instead of sermons...

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Top 10 tips for surviving medical school

put God first Daily devotions are an important and helpful way of reading Scripture and deepening your relationship with God. Find a time to read Scripture that works for you. Whether that's in the morning, during your lunch break or before bed, try to take some time out with...

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Managing time

Time, or rather the lack of it, is a subject close to every medic's heart. Perhaps we laugh ruefully at Ecclesiastes' claim that 'there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.' (1) If only. When you pause for breath, you might notice that...

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Talking books — why read?

In the summer of AD 386, a young man lay weeping under a fig tree in a Milanese garden. Tormented by his failure to overcome his sinfulness, he cried out to God: 'Will you be angry forever?' Suddenly he heard a child's voice, chanting. 'Take and read; take and read'....

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Working for Jesus

As you embark on several years of study, you will spend most of your waking hours engaged in writing, reading, revising, placements and lectures. And yet we rarely hear a sermon on work. So here are four things for you to take into your studies: your work doesn't define you The...

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You're not the only one... four CMF students share their stories

…who suffers from mental illness In my second year, I became unwell with depression and anxiety. To the outside world I seemed fine but I actually felt incredibly alone and ashamed. Despite treatment and support, things progressively worsened and I was almost hospitalised two weeks before my end of year exams....

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God-man-God...a basic gospel outline

You've just enjoyed a discussion of autonomy in an ethics seminar. During the coffee break your friend asks: 'You Christians seemed to have a lot to say in that session. What do you actually believe?' You've got five minutes. What will you say? The motto 'Be Prepared' is important...

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Thriving in exile

Laurence Crutchlow reminds us of our real home, and how to live well until we get there. Laurence Crutchlow is CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries and a GP in London. 'Where's home for you?' If you haven't worked out an answer before freshers' week starts, do it now. Along with 'what...

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On the frontline

CMF caught up with some people who have 'been there, done that, got the T-shirt' A junior doctor - Dr Phoebe Owen What area of medicine are you in? I am a core trainee in psychiatry (CT2). Why did you choose this area? At medical school I enjoyed so many...

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Why join CMF?

John Greenall is about to try and convince you to join CMF. Will he succeed? Read on to decide... You are entering a profession with multiple challenges and opportunities. From day one, you can join CMF, a movement of like-minded students, to grow in faith, speak for Jesus and serve others....

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Local groups

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CMF regions

Jennifer Rossiter is CMF North West Regional link and a clinical medical student in Preston. CMF splits the country into nine regions, identical to the ones that UCCF does for CUs. Jennifer Rossiter describes how the north west has linked up as a region. Over the past year, the different student CMF...

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Summer opportunities

Laurence Crutchlow shares some ideas. Laurence Crutchlow is a GP in London and CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries. Other students always love to point out that Oxford and Cambridge preclinical students have three eight-week terms, which (in theory) equals 28 weeks holiday! Not everyone gets quite such a generous...

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Clinical conundrums

Laurence Crutchlow suggests answers to some difficult questions. Can I pray with a patient? A patient might ask for prayer. Perhaps with a GP they know to be a Christian. Or perhaps from a student who they've got to know well. These situations are the exception, not the rule. But prayer...

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What is 'whole-person medicine'?

Laurence Crutchlow describes real spiritual care. At first glance it appears relatively uncontroversial. After all, the World Health Organisation (WHO) describes health as 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity' (1) , which isn't so different. In some parts of...

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Medical ethics for beginners

Giles Cattermole explains the basis of medical ethics. It's easy to think that prescribing antibiotics is a 'scientific' decision, without the need for ethics or 'value judgments'. But if the patient is foreign, unconscious, terminally ill, with life-threatening pneumonia, and if the antibiotics are very expensive with nasty side-effects, all sorts...

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Engaging the public square

Philippa Taylor considers the public dimension of a student's faith. Arriving at university you will become aware, if you aren't already, of a vast number of ethical issues: drug policies, mental health, abortion, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, slavery, gender dysphoria, freedom of conscience, end of life decisions and organ donation, to...

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International medical mission

Vicky Lavy describes an urgent need. Vicky Lavy spent ten years working in Palliative Care in Malawi and was formerly CMF Head of International Ministries Endocrinology. You know, a subspecialty that a few will pursue, but most won't. Sadly, that is how many people see medical mission. But is that how...

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The Christian contribution to healthcare

Rosie Knowles describes the history of Christian healthcare. Christian doctors and nurses, inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus, have been at the forefront of efforts to alleviate human suffering, cure disease, and advance knowledge and understanding. The hospital movement Before Christianity, there were several hospitallike centres in Buddhist regions....

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