Medical Center

Importance of Being There

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Medical Center | 0 comments

When an MCCF student meeting is scheduled it is almost never convenient to drop what you’re doing and attend. It is especially difficult when you find yourself wondering if the students really care or if the time you take away from your work can be justified. Don’t underestimate the power of your presence…Don’t forget the power of your influence…Don’t forget the power of your witness…Don’t forget the power of friendship and hospitality…Don’t forget the power of your story… So when you look at the clock or the calendar and notice another MCCF student meeting...

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Summer reading idea

Posted by on Jul 19, 2009 in Medical Center, Teaching | 0 comments

Summer reading idea

The MCCF student group chose to study the theological insights in Wm. Paul Young’s book “The Shack” last year in their weekly Bible study, but it took Susan and I until this summer to catch up with them. It seems that we’re latecomers to this New York Times bestseller, which now has over 7 million copies in print. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy and read it this summer, sort through the issues and feelings it raises, then consider passing it on to someone else who might appreciate it. You’ll find the time...

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Summer Medical Institute

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Medical Center, Missions, Teaching | 0 comments

Summer Medical Institute

The vision of the Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is to raise up healthcare providers who use their professions to honor God and grow in love for Him. The SMI is organized by the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency in Harlingen, TX. This will be the ninth year for the South Texas SMI. Being located on the TX/MX border, we have ample opportunity to provide care to medically underserved neighborhoods called colonias. The SMI medical outreach serves as the practical vehicle for mentoring the next generation of health care workers. Each year we accept applications from qualified physicians...

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View from Stanford

Posted by on Nov 28, 2008 in Medical Center | 0 comments

A young medical student at Stanford University stood before the table of RZIM [Ravi Zacharias International Ministries] books and resources beaming. “We don’t see these things very often,” he said, clarifying, “Not books; there’s no shortage of books. I mean Christianity without the hostility.” He proceeded to describe students and friends who deride the possibility of possessing both faith and intellect, medical professors who actually apologize when the language of design inadvertently slips into lectures on the body, and the isolation that comes from trying to stand in the shadows of this...

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A thought experiment

Posted by on Nov 27, 2008 in Medical Center | 0 comments

Our perfectly designed US healthcare system The interregnum between a presidential election and the inauguration is a time of feverish activity, in which the president elect and his staff decide who will help them govern and what they will try to do first. The press and pundits speculate breathlessly on who will be appointed and what they will do first. As I write this, for example, we have just learnt that the new administration’s secretary of health and human services is likely to be a respected former US senator, Tom Daschle. He has written a book about healthcare reform, which is likely...

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Dr. Huang in Iraq

Posted by on Jun 1, 2008 in Medical Center | 0 comments

Dr. Huang in Iraq

URMC neurosurgeon saves lives in Iraq Before Dr. Jason Huang became a major in the U.S. Army, he faced tanks at Tiananmen Square, served three years of house arrest, signed daily confessions to the Chinese police, was blacklisted by the government, had himself declared mentally ill, used a fake passport to enter the United States and became a political refugee, an American student, an American citizen and eventually a neurosurgeon at Strong Memorial Hospital. To understand the story is to know that – behind his calm words and steady hands – there are pieces that can only be...

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