History of Activities

2006-07 Events

Spring Christian Physicians Breakfast

Our Spring Breakfast was held on May 5th at the Meliora Faculty Club on the River Campus. Dr. Chet Fox, a faculty member at UB with years of experience as a family physician, shared with us about "Praying with Patients: Tips, Tricks, and Traps." 

The Thelanders of Gabon

On April 29 and 30, Joanna and Keir Thelander shared about what God is doing at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa, with a report about their experiences with medicine in the jungle, heat and humidity, electrical storms, their missionary family, Godís many provisions for Luke and Sarah, the new AIDS clinic, the road to Libreville, and the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons.

Winter Christian Physicians Breakfast

Our annual Missions Breakfast was held on Saturday morning, February 10th, from 9-11 am at the Meliora Faculty Club on the River Campus. Speakers included:

  • Dr. Jeff Harp - Haiti mission

  • Drs. Nick Venci and Chuck Culbertson - Senegal mission

  • Jared Tomlinson - Ghana mission

  • Dave & Diann Conquest - Dr. Keir Thelander's work at Bongolo Evangelical Hospital in Gabon, Africa

  • Dr. John Seaman - Disaster Preparedness

Information about the upcoming CMDA Global Health Outreach trip to Nicaragua in 4/07 was also presented.

Paul Tournier Institute Course

Completing Your Call

Dear CMDA Leaders,

As leaders within your communities or campuses, you, more than most, have felt Godís tug on your lives. CMDA is also holding a special distance learning course for a few doctors who want to explore much more deeply Godís call into ministry. This is an 18-month course that we are offering only to leaders. It will require time of reading, projects, conference calls, and three residency weekends. The course will begin on January 1, 2007 with the book, The Question of God, by Dr. Armand Nicholi, followed by a telephone discussion with him, followed by a weekend exploring truth with Dr. John Patrick in Bristol in February. We anticipate accepting about twenty participants every two years. Click here for a full course outline.

If God is leading you in this direction, please reply to me with your contact phone numbers and times to call. I will call you and we can move you in the direction God is leading.

In Christ alone,  

Al Weir, MD, Director of Campus and Community Ministries, CMDA

Whole Person Medicine Workshop

On September 25-27, 2006, Dr. Dan Fountain conducted a 3-day workshop on "Caring for the Whole Person" at Roberts Wesleyan College. Dr. Morehouse assisted him again this year. The course was open to pastors, counselors, students, and health professionals in our region and offered up to 21 hours of Category I CME credit for physicians who attended.

Dr. Fountain is the author of numerous books in English and French on community health, primary health care, and care for the whole person and served as a missionary physician in Kenya for 35 years before returning to the States where he currently serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health at King College.

Click here to view a PDF Brochure for the Workshop. PowerPoint presentations of many of the sessions are accessible through the schedule posted online here.

Upstate MCCF Retreat - September 23

Dr. Fountain

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for a

Retreat

Brochure

On Saturday morning, September 23, 2006, students and community physicians converged on Rochester from as far as Connecticut to attend our Upstate MCCF Retreat - a stimulating day of feasting, fellowship, and education. The day started with our Fall Christian Physicians Breakfast where Dr. Daniel Fountain, MD, MPH, began the first in a series of 5 informative and discussion-provoking sessions on the subject:

 

 "What's wrong with US health care and how can we fix it?"

 

Schedule

 

Click links below for PowerPoint presentations:

8:00   Registration and Breakfast

9:00   Problems with the biomedical model and the US health care system

10:00  Restoring wholeness to medicine from both scientific and biblical perspectives

11:00  Wholistic approaches to common psychosocial problems

Noon   Lunch and Discussion

1:30    How to do a personal and spiritual assessment

2:30    The logistics of forming a care giving team

3:30    Retreat ended

Dr. Sherry O'Donnell, one of Dr. Fountain's close colleagues in whole person medicine while he was in Michigan, joined us and shared in the teaching.

The Retreat was hosted at The Meliora Faculty Club on the U of R River Campus. Physicians received up to 5 hours of Category I CME credit for their participation. The event was a wonderful time of spiritual nurture and growth for all who attended.

2005-06 Events

Christian Community Health Fellowship
Annual Conference 2006
Health Care for the Underserved:
A Spiritual Inheritance for the Next Generation

May 18-21, 2006, Eastern College, Philadelphia, PA

This year's conference addressed the theme of spiritual inheritance. Convinced that investing in equipping the next generation is capacity building at its best, the theme was reciprocally important for veteran, new, and emerging Christian health care professionals. We had a carload from Rochester and another one from Buffalo attend this year.

Plenary Speakers

Christine Sines, M.D. Physician, professor and author who faithfully assists churches and Christian organizations to engage the challenges of the 21st century.

David Hilfiker, M.D. Physician, activist and author who has committed his life to social justice in the practice of his professions and living among the poor.

Kenneth Robinson, M.D. Pastor, physician, and Commissioner for the Tennessee Dept. of Health whose passion is holistic and comprehensive approaches to public health and individual well-being.

On Friday May 19th, Christian jazz recording artist Ruth Naomi Floyd serenaded us in a special evening of coffee house jazz.

Spring Christian Physicians Breakfast

Our Spring Breakfast was on Saturday morning, April 29, and featured Dr. Len Marotta and his wife Jayne sharing on the topic "God in Gynecology? Being a Bond-Servant Wherever You Are." Len has an active Ob/Gyn practice in Syracuse where he is a popular teacher at SUNY Upstate, for reasons which became obvious to all who were able to attend. We've posted one of Len's handouts on "Sexuality and the Scriptures" online.

Winter Christian Physicians Breakfast

Our annual Missions Breakfast was held on Saturday morning, January 28th. Speakers included: The Cannon Family (trip to Honduras this summer), Alexi Matousek and Sarah Bliss (trip to Haiti), Drs. John Seaman and David Ragonesi (trip to Tibet), and Dr. David Holmes (Buffalo outreach). We were all inspired and greatly challenged by the examples they set.

Daniel Fountain Workshop

In October Dr. Daniel Fountain, MD, MPH, returned to the Rochester area to conduct a 3-day workshop on "Caring for the Whole Person." Dr. Morehouse assisted him. The course was open to pastors, counselors, and health professionals in our region and offered up to 21 hours of CME credit to the physicians who attended.

Dr. Fountain has authored numerous books in English and French on community health, primary health care, and care for the whole person and served as a missionary physician in Kenya for 35 years before returning to the States where he currently serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health at King College. Click here to view a PDF Brochure for the Workshop.

Fall Christian Physicians Breakfast

On Saturday, September 24, Dr. Jerry Svoboda spoke at our Fall Breakfast on "Striving for Servanthood in the Real World." The group responded enthusiastically and an active discussion followed.

Pot Blessing Dinner at the Morehouse's

On Friday evening, August 26, Dr. Keir Thelander, a surgeon going on the mission field with his family to Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa, was with us to share about future opportunities for short-term missions there. Several medical students and their guests also joined us.


2004-05 Events

On Saturday morning, April 30, 2005, we hosted Bruce Jackson, Executive Director of the Christian Community Health Fellowship, as guest speaker at our Spring Christian Physicians Breakfast. He spoke on the topic "Working Among the Poor: A Cross-Cultural Adventure for Health Professionals." A lively discussion followed.

In January 2005 Dr. Fountain conducted a 3-day workshop on "Caring for the Whole Person" (see above) in Lima, NY, and was the speaker at our regularly scheduled Winter Christian Physicians Breakfast on January 22 when he shared an insightful message with our whole group on the topic of ďAnger and the Healing Power of Forgiveness.Ē 

On October 18, 2004 Dr. Carolyn Klaus spoke at New Covenant Fellowship in Penfield on the topic "The Church's Role in the Global AIDS Epidemic" with a dessert reception following. Carolyn is an internist (and personal friend of Dr. John Seaman) who started an inner city clinic in Philadelphia which became primarily an AIDS treatment facility. She subsequently gave that work over to others, moved to Indiana, and is now involved in AIDS on a more international basis. Carolyn is regarded as one of the experts on the church's response to AIDS, and has worked with AIMS in East and Central Africa and various parts of the former Soviet Union. The event was sponsored by Hope Together, a new relief and development agency being developed by New Covenant Fellowship. 

In September 2004 our Fall Christian Physicians Breakfast was held at the Meliora (Faculty Club) on the U of R River Campus. Dr. Bill Morehouse spoke on "The Joys and Pitfalls of Medical Marriage."


2003-04 Events

On September 26-28, 2003 MCCF hosted a series of meetings underwritten by a grant from the Leo Holmsten Human Life Committee, with Dr. John Patrick as our guest speaker: 

  • Friday noon: Case Method Room (1-9576). Topic "What Hippocrates knew and we have forgotten" co-sponsored by the Division of Medical Humanities. Lunch was served.

  • Friday 7:30 pm: Edgewood Free Methodist Church. Topic "The Domino Effect of Roe vs. Wade." Open to the community.

  • Saturday 9-11 am: Christian Physicians Breakfast at Helen Wood Hall. Topic "The Ethics of Abortion, Euthanasia, and Physician-assisted Suicide."

  • Saturday 6-9 pm: Dinner with Dr. Patrick at the home of Dr. Bill and Susan Morehouse. 

Winter Christian Physicians Breakfast: Our Winter Breakfast with its topic "Focus on Missions" was a great success in January 2004.

In May 2004 our Spring Christian Physicians Breakfast was held at the Meliora (Faculty Club) on the U of R River Campus. Dr. David Stevens, Executive Director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, was the speaker.