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Articles from Summer 2020

Remaining in Christ Jesus in medicine

Rachel Owusu-Ankomah is CMF Head of Student Ministries the identity issue If Jesus should be our first, [1] our all in all [2] and our ultimate, how do we apply that to our studies and the future profession that we will be entering? How do we practically keep our identity rooted...

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our identities in Christ

Zack Millar is student editor and an interim FY1 doctor in East Anglia and co-ordinated the stories here FY1 Kate Earnshaw describes her identity in Christ in her first year as a doctor I hadn't fully appreciated how much being a Christian shaped my identity as an FY1 until I started to struggle...

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Reviews

film: Hair Love

Hair Love is a playful yet moving animated short film which follows the story of a black father learning to do his daughter's hair. Zuri is getting ready for a big day - her mother is finally coming home from the hospital. Zuri is eager to get her hair exactly...

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film: JoJo Rabbit

Jojo is an ordinary 10-year old. He loves running, camping, throwing hand grenades and … Adolf Hitler. With such 'blind fanaticism' that 'it took him three weeks to get over the fact that his grandfather was not blond', we see Nazi Germany through a child's eyes. But everything starts to...

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news reviews

assisted dying - RCGP makes a stand Following an all-member consultation, the RCGP Council voted in February against a change in the law regarding assisted dying, which is currently illegal throughout the UK. Less than 15% of members responded to the online survey but 47% of those that did were opposed...

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Article

who am I really?

In a world where you can be anything, be kind. Printed on a poster, these words greet me every time I walk into the school where I counsel. In one way I agree: we can choose to treat others in various ways and, of course, we should always choose kindness. But...

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Jesus is Lord over all

Laurence Crutchlow is CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries and a GP in London Will Psychiatry? Will loves it. Yes, Freud is a bit strange, but 10 am starts mean Will can read a full four chapters of the Bible each morning, get through all his PrayerMate items, as well as the...

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essentials: sharing faith at university

'Go and make disciples of all nations...' (Matthew 28:19) University can seem a challenging time to obey this well-known scripture. Many of us may intend to share our faith but find barriers that many of us will be familiar with. This is not made any easier by the pressures of university...

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be prepared: your authentic self

Tobi Adeagbo is a junior doctor in Wessex and a CMF Board Member What does it mean to be true to myself? How can I even know what my true self is? Am I best identified as a collection of my personal likes and dislikes or is it more about belonging...

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leadership: developing resilient disciples

John Greenall is CMF Associate CEO and a paediatrician in Bedfordshire I was the only Christian on my fourth year paediatrics rotation. In fact, ditto for psych and care of the elderly. Neuro was different; two of my friends from church were there, but they didn't seem to take their faith...

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distinctives: everything's under control

Calling all Christian medical students! Feeling on top of things? In control? What's the next step in your career? Please explain your five-year plan. Haven't you got your eportfolio/application/project sorted yet? These questions should not surprise you. In fact, I have been asked all these questions in the last three months —...

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counterparts: SYD2

I am currently working in a mission hospital established by American missionaries in 1920 in the small north-eastern Indian state of Manipur. I am the only registered doctor here despite the hospital being 100 years old. Prior to my joining, the hospital had been run by some unregistered doctors and...

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crossing cultures: India

'You'll have to go back up and try again,' I said to Karin, my wife of nine weeks. It was three am and very dark. We were in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, and we had just arrived at the guest house from the temporary airport then in use. There had...

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Book Reviews

book: Tackling Mental Illness Together

Helen Rimmel is a medical student at Imperial College, London 'I had been rushed to hospital with chest pain...I cried when I learned how the people at church prayed for me because I remembered how different it was… when I became acutely ill with schizophrenia.'As this account shows, fear and misunderstanding...

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book: Is This it?

Sally Barker is a clinical medical student at Imperial College London I was recommended this book three times before I read it (and even then, someone else had to buy it for me). The front of Is This It? is covered in questions which encapsulate that quarter-life crisis feeling stereotypical of...

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Editorial

who are you?

I was standing in A&E at 1.30pm on Tuesday, 28 April, the packing creases still in my scrubs. I stammered, 'My name is Zack; I'm one of the medical stu…um…doctors.' Why the hesitation? Well, my answer to that question had changed dramatically at 8pm on Monday, 6 April. One minute I...

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Members' News

local groups: York

'The Body and the Church' day conference was hosted by York CMF in February 2020. The event was open to a wide church audience, and seminars addressed the difficult medical ethical issues of abortion, contraception, fertility, and end of life. Each talk considered modern technologies, and the biblical and moral...

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Overseas News

my trip to...China: a surprise encounter

My interest in China grew from the CMF Global Track. This programme for students and juniors broadened my awareness of the global Church and made me realise how narrow my ideas of God and his purposes for the world had previously been. I realised that I knew next to nothing...

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Students

conference report: Shining like Stars

The journey to CMF National Student Conference 2020 started 400 miles north in the still cold, wintery darkness of Scotland. There were 13 of us altogether coming from Dundee, comprised of a cheerful collection of nurses and medical students. Spread across three cars, we slowly navigated the wet, shining roads...

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