A Note from the President
February 14, 2019
Dear Baltimore Guild Members, Friends and Colleagues in Health Care,
Where has the time gone! As I write to catch you up on the Guild’s efforts and our planned and projected program for this 2019 year, several of us on the Board, like many of you, are carving time out of our schedules to speak up against Maryland’s proposed Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) legislation — End of Life (EOL) Option Act; with strong advocates in the State House and Senate steering the conversation, we cannot let our attention drift. PAS, an act in direct opposition to Medicine’s healing aim, will makes its way into the education and priorities of the new and future generations of, not only physicians, but all health care providers, giving medicine yet a new life-destroying mission. This serves to further demoralize and desensitize health care providers, in whom so much trust has been placed. Believe it or not, many of our colleagues and the people we take care of, may not realize how close PAS is, nor have given thought to where it can take us, but the bill’s advocates are quoting limited polling data to say that a majority of people in this state want this law. This is occurring also as we see strong movement in our country to expand abortion laws to allow termination of more lives we fight to save. Thank you for raising your concerns to our legislative body and, alerting and educating your colleagues and the public.
As you know the Baltimore Guild-Catholic Medical Association (BG-CMA) is a Baltimore and surrounding area association of physicians and health care professionals committed to upholding the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. Although we may have little contact in our day to day lives, we enjoy the spiritual support and encouragement offered in this professional fellowship. The Guild offers a forum for discussing ethical challenges we face in medicine and educating on how we can address these challenges with compassion, top quality care, and fidelity to the teachings of the Church and The Divine Healer, Jesus Christ.
The BG-CMA in its mission, is one of many guilds across the country functioning as local area networks of the national Catholic Medical Association (CMA). The CMA serves, too, as a Faith and Medicine education/support source for the many Catholic medical and health professions students across the country. The BG-CMA itself is committed to supporting Catholic Medical Student Association (CMSA) chapters of our local medical schools. We have an active group at Johns Hopkins and have had one at the Univ. of Maryland as well.
The BG-CMA planned and projected activities are found on our website Calendar and are posted to our account on Twitter. Please save the dates on your calendar and look for both email announcements and flyers as our events near.
The programs you enjoy result directly from the efforts of a working board of volunteer guild members, representative not only of physicians but also our broader health professions demographic, currently including a nurse, a pharmacist and a nurse practitioner. This year we also welcome Drs. Marine and Erdek to the Board. To keep our program consistent with our mission and in tune with the needs and interests of our membership and our larger Faith community, the BG-CMA Board seeks your input. We share organizational updates at each Guild activity, as well as introduce ourselves and invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with us. You may also submit contact requests through our website Contact Form.
If you’ve not yet renewed your annual membership in the BG-CMA, the registration/renewal form is enclosed for your convenience. It is also available for download and printing from our website. Our programs remain open attendance; however, it is your sustained membership, along with program participation, that gives the BG-CMA voice and visibility. To keep the light of the BG-CMA brightly visible, we need YOU! Please share this information with your friends and colleagues! Dues where applicable, remain nominal to encourage membership and engagement.
Please also follow us on Twitter at @BaltGuildCMA !
Shirley Reddoch, MD, FAAP
BG-CMA, President 2018-2019
BG-CMA Activities 2019 planned/projected
Saturday AM, March 16, 2019 – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church/Parish Center. Mass followed by Video-recorded Presentation (of Live presentation at 2018 CMA Conference) followed by brief commentary and facilitated discussion. See enclosed details on our calendar.
Saturday AM, June 8, 2019 – Mass, Speaker: Natasha Wilson, PhD, discussion following (Details in future flyer)
Sunday, October 13, 2019 –Annual White Mass at Baltimore Basilica w/post Mass activity at Mercy Medical Center. (Details in future flyer)
Projected Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Advent Retreat hosted by BG-CMA Chaplain (Details in future flyer)
Visit www.bg-cma.org for further information and event postings/updates
AND Follow us on Twitter @BaltGuildCMA
Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp
The Conference Center of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary)
June 9 – 16, 2019 Mundelein, IL
88th Annual Educational Conference
September 26 – 28, 2019 Nashville, TN