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, CMDA Matters 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 $100 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.
Matt Wysong, DO
CMDA Resident Trustee 2020-2021
Matt is currently an intern at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is a recent graduate of Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and during his time there he spent an extra year as a Teaching Associate. Matt is passionate about academic medicine and plans to be involved in academia long term. As an undergraduate, Matt majored in Molecular Genetics and Spanish at Ohio State University and hopes to use his Spanish often in his career in pediatric medicine. He lives with his wife, Mackenzie, and newborn daughter, Elodie in Dublin, Ohio. In his free time, he enjoys running, family hikes, reading, and trying out new recipes. He is excited to serve and encourage his colleagues through his role as Resident Trustee over the next year.
Harman Sawhney, MD
CMDA Resident Representative 2020-2021
Harman grew up in the diversity of Toronto, Canada. She went to the University of Toronto for her undergraduate studies for a double major in Biology for Health Science (a biology major) and Exceptionality in Human Learning (a psychology major). Afterwards, she attended St. George’s University medical school, as a part of their Keith B. Taylor Global Medicine program. Through that program, Harman spent her first year of medical school in England, her second year of medical school in Grenada, her third year of medical school in Miami, FL, and her last year of medical school in Brooklyn, NYC. She decided to stay in the diversity of NYC that reminds her of Toronto, for her Pediatric Residency at Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn. She hopes to incorporate mission work into a future career of general pediatrics. Harman enjoys reading, traveling, desserts and most recently, adventurous mountain hikes wherever she can find!
CMDA Resident Representative 2020-2021
Nicole is a PGY-2 neurology resident at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami program in Miami, FL. She enjoyed growing up in the snow of Hibbing, Minnesota, and attended St. Olaf College in where she majored in biology with a minor in neuroscience. She did medical school at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her interests include neuroimmunology and global neurology, as she would like to use neurology to bless nations. Her hobbies include biking, canoeing/kayaking, camping, music, and learning about other cultures.
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.
Are you interested in getting involved with the National Resident and Fellow Council? Contact Campus & Community Ministries for more information.
Campus & Community Ministries
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