Ongoing Research Project Studying the Current Context and Challenges of Foreign Medical Students

Pursuing medical studies outside of one’s home country has become increasingly popular. Countries that host large numbers of foreign medical students include China, Poland, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand, among others. For example, 25% of all medical students in Poland are foreign medical students and in Ireland, 50% of all medical…

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Serving Christ as a Healthcare Professional in India

As a final year medical student I wanted to become the Director of Surgical Services in a medical college, preferably as a brain surgeon. I had this image in mind of doing a ward-round, being followed by a train of juniors, associates, lecturers, residents and students. This picture did not come from a vacuum but…

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Covid vaccination and the church

An Ethicentre Briefing Paper The recent announcement by the Australian government that increased freedoms would be available to citizens who were double vaccinated for COVID-19, or have exemption on medical grounds, has caused significant consternation in the Christian community. Issues of conscience and concerns about exclusion have been raised as reasons why such measures should…

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‘Fixing’ the Patient

The common experience during most medical training is the emphasis placed on diagnosis and treatment of illness, rather than understanding the way that illness moulds and changes the life of the patient. It is only after we spend some time with our patients that we appreciate the opportunity and privilege we have of sharing in…

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What is caregiver burnout?

Cleveland Clinic describes Caregiver burnout as: ‘…a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able either physically…

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Coronavirus vaccines – Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any scientific possibility that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will change human DNA? No. Both these vaccines employ molecules called messenger RNA that have been synthesised in laboratories. After immunisation the molecules are designed to enter into cells within the body where they give the molecular instructions for those cells to produce the…

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How Christianity Transformed Healthcare

Today we all regard compassion, justice and freedom as fundamental to human flourishing. These ideals are based on the biblical worldview: every person has been created in the image of God. Supremely, Christians affirm the dignity of every human life because God himself, in Christ, became flesh. Christ was incarnate from the moment of conception.…

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Integral mission through palliative care in Nepal

When the first mission workers arrived in Nepal in 1954, Leprosy was endemic and caused much suffering with high levels of disability, social stigma and ostracism from the community. With its mission to serve the poorest and most marginalised, International Nepal Fellowship (INF) opened Green Pastures Leprosy Hospital in 1957. Whilst Leprosy remains an important…

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