Letters

Why Is Faith Important for Physicians during Discernment and Formation?

Download Article as a PDF In the spirit of “On Being a Catholic Physician,” we medical students of the Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian (SSCD) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine want to share our beliefs on an important question: exactly why is faith important for us in

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Catholic Medical Association Taps Nashville as Top Guild

The Catholic Medical Association showered the Nashville Guild, its chaplain, and its president with honors during the 88th annual Educational Conference held Sept. 26-28 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The Nashville Guild and its sister organization, the Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian for medical students at Vanderbilt University

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What happens when a patient says, ‘Doc, help me die’

“But can’t you help me die, Doc?” My 54-year-old patient was alone in the intensive care unit, with no family or friends in his life. He slumped in his bed, gasping, staring up at me. Admitted with lung fibrosis and pneumonia, he had scars and infection aggressively replacing his airways,

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Death by organ donation: Euthanizing patients for their organs gains frightening traction

How should society respond to the increasingly long list of people waiting for organs on a transplant list? You’ve no doubt heard of “black market” organs in foreign countries, but are there other options that should be off the table? If you were on a transplant list, would it matter to you if the

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Can Catholics Get to Heaven?

Catholic doc talking to Protestant doc – ecumenism between friends A Catholic and a Protestant Friend Talk About Faith I pray in thanks for Pentecost with a growing “bonfire” of love for the Holy Eucharist Link E. Wesley Ely Two Christian doctors sat down over dinner in Brussels while attending

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The Dachau Cross – bearing the weight of suffering in light of Easter

For more on the Dachau Cross from Dr. Ely: The Dachau Cross: Bearing the Weight of Suffering in Light of Easter National Catholic Register or The Power of the “Dachau Cross” Mike Allen Show (podcast) beginning at the 25 minute mark — “Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear

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Christmas Fire: A Finding Amidst the Ashes

by E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH and Kim A. Ely, MD Published by Dobson’s Focus on the Family, 2003 It was Christmas night past, and we were indeed sleeping quietly as mice, when the alarms went off. “Rrrr, rrrr, rrrr, rrrr,” was the deafening sound I heard at four a.m.

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Swimming Pool in the ICU

This true story was originally published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, June 17, 2016 (http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-swimming-pool-in-the-icu-1466117000). It is republished here for a medical audience to allow a wider communication of the events that unfolded in respecting a dying man’s wish in the ICU while undergoing life support with mechanical

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Humility Before Mercy

I tried to walk into the exam room with a smile.  To give the impression I was glad to see him. I knew I had not succeeded. I did wonder why he continued to return. Every three months he came back for his scheduled appointments to check his A1C.  And,

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