We know that your work load and stress increase dramatically during residency and fellowship. At the same time, the needs of your family and friends remain constant. That's a formula for disaster unless you are committed to the priorities given you by God: God first, family second, career third. The CMDA Resident and Fellowship Community is designed to help you keep those priorities and grow in your faith during your residency and fellowship years. If you have information you think may be helpful for other residents or fellows, please contact Campus & Community Ministries.
So you've persevered through some very difficult times in medical or dental school—not only academically but personally—having sacrificed comfort and perhaps easier living for the dream of becoming a doctor. And now you are one! So what’s next? You’ve matched into a residency program or job that will take you through the next few years, bringing you closer to your dream of helping and serving others. As the National Resident and Fellow Council of CMDA, we have been there, and we know a great deal of excitement and anxiety comes with moving and starting a new job, especially an internship. As fellow believers and residents, we want to encourage you during this time of transition and let you know we’re here for you in the months and years to come.
“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).
NEW RESIDENT AND FELLOW MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS
Want to be sure to stay connected to the ministry of CMDA now that you're out of school? Take advantage of these new resident and fellow membership options:
- $99 annual fee OR
- $150 one-time resident or fellow package*
*With this one-time package, you'll still continue to receive the same great benefits like Today's Christian Doctor, Christian Doctor's Digest, the National Resident Council and webinars, plus you'll also receive a 10% discount on all purchases from CMDA's Bookstore (excludes logo wear and may not be combined with any other offers) and a 15% discount on registration for CMDA's National Convention.
If you're already a resident or fellow member of CMDA and would like to update your membership, please contact CMDA's Member Services or call 888-230-2637. If you are new to CMDA and would like to take advantage of this new package opportunity, please join us by visiting www.cmda.org/join.
Want to get involved with a local ministry group in your area? Find your region to learn more about what's happening in your area.
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.
Jake Morris, MD
Resident Trustee 2019
Jake Morris, MD is currently in his PGY-2 year in Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. He received his M.D. from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He met his wife (an Alabama Southern belle) on the World Race, a year-long Christian mission trip in 2011 where they traveled the world while living out of a tent and using just a backpack. While at the Mayo Clinic, they led a CMDA Bible Study and helped establish a series of other CMDA home fellowships. They currently outside of Birmingham, Alabama with their children, Walter, Evie and Harvey. In his free time, he loves to play with his three young kids, read, and go fly fishing. Contact Jake.
Liza Kessling, DO
Resident Rep 2018-2019
Liza is starting her second year of residency at In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, OK. Since she was about 8 years old, she has felt the Lord calling her into healthcare missions. In preparation for that call, she completed her bachelors in nursing at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. She worked for three years as a nurse before starting and finishing medical school as part of the inaugural class of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She has had the opportunity to go on several mission trips, including trips to Africa, Honduras, Haiti, and Alaska. Outside of school, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, playing sports and helping out on dairy farms back home in Pennsylvania.
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.
Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD
Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD, has served in leadership roles in Christian fellowships and youth groups since her middle school years. She joined CMDA in 1999 during her last year of high school in Jamaica. Since then, she completed a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in physics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She is now a resident and future cardiology fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and she is excited about serving on CMDA's National Resident & Fellow Council. She was a Resident Representative to CMDA's House of Representatives 2013-2014, and CMDA's Resident Trustee 2014-2015. She is a physician, scientist, missionary, poet, and author, and can be reached on social media: @drbrowncares.
Christina Kopriva, MD
Christina Kopriva, MD, finished her Emergency Medicine training at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016. She first got involved with the local chapter of CMDA while in medical school at UCLA. She served as the chapter president during her second year of medical school, continued on the leadership team during her third and fourth years of medical school as well as serving on the CMDA National Student Council. She also served as the student representative to the CMDA Board of Trustees during her fourth year. She continued on to serve on the National Resident & Fellow Council during residency and continues to stay involved post-residency as an advocate of the students and residents in CMDA.
Amanda Lucashu, DO
Resident Trustee 2018
Amanda Lucashu, DO is currently at In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She earned her BS in Biology from Houghton College and then completed medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. While there she served as the CMDA chapter president and also became involved in National Student Council leadership serving as the Secretary followed by two terms as the President. Amanda is currently serving as the CMDA's Resident Trustee.
Randy Laine, MD
2018-2019 Resident Rep
Ian Drobish, MD
2018-2019 Alternate Resident Rep
Ian is currently a first year resident in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He completed medical school at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, and completed his undergraduate studies at Cornerstone University. After the first year of medical school, he married his wonderful wife Melissa, a high school science teacher. They feel very blessed to be a part of CMDA and hope to use healthcare and education to share the gospel, whether that be here in America or abroad.
Tim DeKoninck, MD
2018-2019 Alternate Resident Rep
Are you interested in getting involved with the National Resident and Fellow Council? Contact Campus & Community Ministries for more information.
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