Residency is an exciting time! You’re learning a lot, developing skills, working with teams, building confidence. But residency is also a difficult time. You’re tired. You receive criticism from seemingly everyone, including yourself. Imposter syndrome sets in. You feel isolated. As Christians, we long for encouragement from fellow believers, particularly from those who understand the rigors of residency and can help us see Jesus in our work. That’s why the NRFC exists.
The National Resident & Fellow Community is the section of CMDA dedicated to connecting, mentoring, and empowering those of us in post-graduate training. We are spread out across the US and a few other countries as well. A leadership team of your peers, aided by full-time CMDA staff, plans and executes web-based discussions, retreats, a newsletter, and an academic poster session at the annual CMDA National Convention. We've got some new ideas coming down the pike, and we welcome you to join us in our mission.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV 1984).
NATIONAL RESIDENT & FELLOW COMMUNITY OPTIONS
Want to be sure to stay connected to the ministry of CMDA now that you're out of school? Take advantage of these options:
At this introductory level, residents and fellows at the Community Level receive the NRFC newsletter (see below) with information about regional and national CMDA events, a devotional, prayer requests, praise reports, and photos. They also receive the link to the bimonthly web-based “talk show” featuring Christian physicians and scholars working and thinking in medicine. This level also includes access to the CMDA app. You can join at the Community Level by completing the online form above (“Join the Community!”)
Residents and fellows at the Membership Level receive Community Level resources as well as Today's Christian Doctor, Christian Doctor's Digest and CMDA discounts on books, retreats, and National Convention registration. They also will have access to interviewee housing network and other NRFC resources currently in development. Residents and fellows at the Membership Level are CMDA members. You can join CMDA here. The one-time membership fee for residents and fellows is $150 to cover the entirety of your post-graduate training (OR $99 per year).
This is the leadership team and decision-making body of the NRFC. The Council is composed of several residents and fellows who are CMDA members and are committed to care for other residents. As you become more involved with NRFC, you may be called to serve at the Council Level.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Katie Howe, MD
Kate is from the South. She grew up in Virginia, studied Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, then joined Teach for America and moved to New Orleans to teach middle school Social Studies. She stayed in her beloved New Orleans to earn her MD/MPH from Louisisa State University and completed an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship with a focus on nutrition and program planning and development. Now she is back in Virginia as a resident physician in General Surgery at Virginia Tech Carillion. She aims to teach surgery in the developing world. For fun, she enjoys eating delicious food, reading The Economist, breathing fire, bicycling, and watching all manner of sports, most especially soccer.
Chris Zalesky, MD
Chris Zalesky is currently serving as a National Resident Representative. He attended Wake Forest University for his undergraduate education and also served as a Younglife Leader at a local High school during that time. After Wake Forest, He returned home, to Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Emory University School of Medicine. While in Atlanta He was active in his local CMDA chapter, and met his wife, Elizabeth, while they were both serving in their church's childrens ministry. During his medical studies, he took a year to pursue a Master's in Clinical Research. Currently, training has taken Chris and Elizabeth to Cincinnati, Ohio where he is completing an Emergency Medicine Residency. Chris is excited to support, encourage, and pray for residents across the country.
Tim DeKoninck, MD
Resident Trustee 2020
Peter Hountras, MD
Past Chair, NRFC
Peter Hountras, MD, serves as the Chairman of the National Resident & Fellow Council and the Chicago Area Director. For undergraduate education, he attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He then went to Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. After graduation, he completed internal medicine residency at Loyola University Medical Center. He is currently in pulmonary critical care fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Carson Sibley, MD
Carson is currently a Radiology Resident at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. He majored in Biology and minored in Music at Texas A&M University. He attended medical school and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. He enjoys playing piano for his church, swimming, and cooking cajun food for friends and family. He is excited to serve and encourage his co-residents through this important and challenging career phase.
Are you interested in getting involved with the National Resident and Fellow Council? Contact Campus & Community Ministries for more information.
Campus & Community Ministries
P.O. Box 7500 • Bristol, TN 37621 • 888-230-2637