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nucleus: Freshers' Edition 2019

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editorial: you made it!

Arriving at university, a myriad of emotions and a mix of questions may fill your mind: Can I do this? What will people be like? Will I make friends? How do I get to lecture theatre 37F? Change can be hard, but change is also good. God is transforming us...

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

You've just enjoyed a discussion on 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 do you say? The motto 'Be Prepared' is important not...

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choosing a church

Matt 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...

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why CMF?

CMF exists to unite and equip Christian medical students to live and speak for Jesus Christ. Sounds good, but what does it mean? Why should I join CMF and what can I get out of it? being a Christian... defines who we are and our 'why?' of life. Being a Christian will...

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CMF is for nurses too!

CMF is here to build a movement of healthcare professionals passionate for the glory of God in and through our vocations, and to unite and equip them to live and speak for Jesus in the workplace. To this end, our student department works not only with medics, but also with...

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local groups: what's all that about?

You may still be wondering what CMF is all about. Well, there are nearly 40 CMF medical student groups in the UK and Ireland and a growing number of nursing groups. Church? CU? CMF? The CMF group is not a church, nor is it the same as a Christian Union (CU)....

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CMF in Ireland

CMF divides groups in the UK and Ireland into nine regions roughly aligned with those used by the Christian Union movement. Within the island of Ireland there are seven CMF groups: three in Dublin and one each in Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick. Unique to our groups is the large...

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Christian student resources

cmf.org.uk A collection of Christian Medical Fellowship resources to advise Christian doctors, nurses, midwives and students, in addition to articles and upcoming events. uccf.org.uk Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) is the umbrella body for Christian Unions. They provide resources for students reading the Bible who want to share their faith with their...

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top ten tips for surviving medical school

1. put God first Daily devotions are an important and helpful way of reading Scripture and deepening your relationship with God. Find a time that works for you to read Scripture. 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.' (Ecclesiastes 3:1) If only! When you pause for breath, you might notice...

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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...

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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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advice to my fresher self

EMILY CULLIS WROTE... plan carefully I would like to make the analogy of a tightrope across a crevasse to describe medical school. If you start off holding a well-balanced pole, and the wind is light and you stop along the way, chances are you'll make it to the end. If however, you...

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going Deep:ER

Although I joined CMF in the first year of my degree, I hadn't really engaged much (apart from attending one Student Conference). I had picked up a Deep:ER brochure at the Student Conference, but had barely looked at it and had no clue about what the programme involved. In my third...

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on the front line

CONSULTANT Idris Baker which area of medicine are you in? Palliative medicine. why did you choose this area? I think it chose me. We had a one-off therapeutics lecture where the Prof took two themes — opioid pharmacology and the art of prescribing as a matter of human engagement, not just signing...

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you're not the only one...

… 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 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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thriving in exile

'Where is home for you?' If you haven't worked out an answer before Freshers' Week starts, do it now. Along with 'what course do you do?' and 'which halls are you in?', it is one of the staples of conversation in registration queues, or at the first meeting of the...

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what is 'whole person medicine'?

At first glance it appears relatively uncontroversial. After all, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes health as 'a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity', (1) which isn't so different. In some parts of the NHS spiritual care is embraced....

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medical ethics for beginners

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 of ethical considerations become apparent: consent; entitlement...

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moral mazes

can I sign my friend into lectures? It's nine o'clock on a Monday morning and you're sitting, ready for the microbiology lecture to begin. You check your phone. Daniel has messaged saying he has slept in. He asks you to sign his name on the register — he'll repay the favour....

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clinical conundrums

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 can be greatly valued by patients when...

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engaging in the public square

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 name but a few. The question is: 'Should we...

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global medical mission

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 God is calling us to think? what's the problem? The vast majority of people in the world live in low or middle-income countries...

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